Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship [NOOK Book]

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This book is the first in English to explore both Belarus’s complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nation’s first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged election in December 2010.

Wilson looks at Belarusian history as a series of false starts in the medieval and ...

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Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship

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Overview

This book is the first in English to explore both Belarus’s complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nation’s first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged election in December 2010.

Wilson looks at Belarusian history as a series of false starts in the medieval and pre-modern periods, and at the many rival versions of Belarusian identity, culminating with the Soviet Belarusian project and the establishment of Belarus’s current borders during World War II. He also addresses Belarus’s on-off relationship with Russia, its simultaneous attempts to play a game of balance in the no-man’s-land between Russia and the West, and how, paradoxically, Belarus is at last becoming a true nation under the rule of Europe’s “last dictator.”

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"[A] skillfully crafted volume that combines both breadth of scholarship and depth of analysis."—L. Stan, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300177589
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,353,132
  • File size: 3 MB

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Andrew Wilson is reader in Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is the author of The Ukrainians, Virtual Politics, and Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, all published by Yale University Press.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps viii

Introduction x

Part A Belarus: A History of Crossroads 3

1 Polatsk 18

2 Litva

3 Ruthenia 33

4 Uniate-land 48

5 Belarus Begins 60

6 Belarus Begins Again: The Traumatic Twentieth Century 90

Part B Independent Belarus

7 The Building Blocks of National Identity 121

8 Politics Either Side of Independence, 1989-1994 140

9 Building Authoritarianism: Lukashenka's First Term 168

10 Building an Authoritarian State: Lukashenka's Second Term 194

11 The Third Term: The Edifice Crumbles 209

12 The Myth of the Belarusian Economic Miracle 237

Conclusions: Why Lukashenka? 255

Appendix: The Belarusian Economy Since Independence 261

Notes 262

Index 293

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