Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited

Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited

by David J. Smith, John Hiden
     
 

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This book explores a largely forgotten legacy of multicultural political thought and practice from within Eastern Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold War debates on state and nationhood. Featuring a Preface by former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves theory and practice to challenge established understandings of the nation state.


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This book explores a largely forgotten legacy of multicultural political thought and practice from within Eastern Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold War debates on state and nationhood. Featuring a Preface by former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves theory and practice to challenge established understandings of the nation state.



Eastern Europe is still too often viewed through the prism of ethnic conflict, which overlooks the region’s positive contribution to modern debates on the political management of ethno-cultural diversity, and towards the construction of a united Europe ‘beyond the nation-state’. Based on extensive archival research in Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Russia, as well as the League of Nations Archive in Geneva, this book explores this neglected multicultural legacy and assesses its significance in the post-Cold War era, which has seen the reappearance of national cultural autonomy laws in several states of Eastern Europe.



Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State is invaluable reading for students and scholars of political science, history, sociology and European studies, and also for policy makers and others interested in minority rights and ethnic conflict regulation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136309144
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/23/2012
Series:
Routledge Innovations in Political Theory
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

David J Smith is Professor of History and Politics at the University of Glasgow, UK.

John Hiden is Emeritus Professor of European History, Bradford University, UK.

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