Ethnic History Of Russia

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From its beginnings Russia has been a polyethnic society, and so has a long history of dealing with ethnic problems. From its imperial stage through the Soviet years it has experienced the pressures of ethnic assimilation and ethnic nationalism. In recent years, political liberalization and economic turmoil have released pent-up nationalistic and separatist feelings which had lain dormant through the Communist regimes. This study presents an ethnic history of Russia, placing present-day turmoil in the context of ...

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Overview

From its beginnings Russia has been a polyethnic society, and so has a long history of dealing with ethnic problems. From its imperial stage through the Soviet years it has experienced the pressures of ethnic assimilation and ethnic nationalism. In recent years, political liberalization and economic turmoil have released pent-up nationalistic and separatist feelings which had lain dormant through the Communist regimes. This study presents an ethnic history of Russia, placing present-day turmoil in the context of Russian history. The authors analyze inter-ethnic relations in Russia and provide a detailed description of the key ethnic groups. They also look at the evolution of ethnic structure and the current ethnopolitical movements in different regions of Russia. Consequently, the study points the way to future inter-ethnic relations in Russia and, indeed, the future of the Russian Federation.

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Written and edited by four prominent Russian scholars of ethnology, social anthropology, and politics, this volume provides detailed essays on the ethnoses of pre-revolutionary Russia; the evolution of Russia's federative structure; the main classifications of Russia's nationalities; the main demographic, ethnocultural, and ethnosocial processes in Russia during the years of Soviet power; and the country's present national-political and socioeconomic problems. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

TATIANA MASTYUGINA is a researcher with the Institute for the Economy in Transition of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

LEV PEREPELKIN is a senior researcher with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

VITALY NAUMKIN has been the President of the Russian Center for Strategic Research and International Studies since 1991.

IRINA ZVIAGELSKAIA is Head of the Sector of Regional Conflicts at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Theoretical Premises of the Work 1
1 Ethnoses of Pre-Revolutionary Russia 13
2 Evolution of Russia's Federative Structure 27
3 Main Classifications of Russia's Nationalities 43
4 The Main Demographic, Ethnocultural, and Ethnosocial Processes in Russia in the Years of Soviet Power 65
5 The Main National-Political and Socioeconomic Problems of Russia at the Present Stage 115
Conclusion 219
Selected Bibliography 221
Index 229
About the Authors and Editors 243
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