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From Union to Commonwealth
Nationalism and Separatism in the Soviet Republics


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Gail Lapidus, Victor Zaslavsky, Philip Goldman, Ronald Suny, Leokadia Drobizheva, Galina Starovoiteva
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  • Date Published: September 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521417068

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  • The collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of fifteen independent states on its former territory is one of the most momentous developments of the twentieth century. In this volume, five leading international scholars team up to examine the forces that lay behind the rise of national movements which challenged, then destroyed, the stability and territorial integrity of the former Soviet state offering unique insights into the links between political structure and nationalism. Presenting a broad and timely analysis of the national dimension of politics after perestroika, this book is essential reading for all those seeking to understand the complexities underlying the demise of the Soviet state, as well as the emergence of new states actively engaged in defining their national identities at home and abroad.

    • A broad up-to-date analysis of one of the most pressing problems in the contemporary Soviet Union
    • Written by leading scholars in the United States, Canada and the Soviet Union
    • Provides new arguments concerning the link between political structure and nationalism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521417068
    • length: 142 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Gail Lapidus, Victor Zaslavsky and Philip Goldman
    2. State, civil society and ethnic cultural consolidation in the USSR - roots of the national question Ronald Suny
    3. The impact of perestroika on the national question Gail Lapidus
    4. The evolution of separatism in Soviet society under Gorbachev Victor Zaslavsky
    5. Perestroika and the ethnic consciousness of Russians Leokadia Drobizheva
    6. Nationality policies in the period of perestroika: some comments from a supreme Soviet deputy Galina Starovoiteva.

  • Editors

    Gail Lapidus, University of California, Berkeley

    Victor Zaslavsky, Memorial University of Newfoundland


    Philip Goldman, University of California, Berkeley


    Gail Lapidus, Victor Zaslavsky, Philip Goldman, Ronald Suny, Leokadia Drobizheva, Galina Starovoiteva

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