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The Soviet Union encompassed dozens of nationalities and ethnicities, and in the wake of its collapse, the politics of ethnicity within its former borders and throughout Eastern Europe have undergone tremendous changes. In this book, Zoltan Barany and Robert G. Moser bring together eminent scholars whose theoretically diverse and empirically rich research examines various facets of ethnicity in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia: ethnic identity and culture, mobilization, parties and voting, conflict, and ethnic migration.
The contributors consider how ethnic forces have influenced political outcomes that range from voting to violence and protest mobilization to language acquisition. Conversely, each chapter demonstrates that political behavior itself has an impact on the forms and strength of ethnic identity. Thus, ethnicity is deemed to be a contested, malleable, and constructed force rather than a static characteristic inherent in the attributes of groups and individuals with a common religion, race, or national origin.
|Introduction : nation-making among the ruins of empire||1|
|1||Rethinking empire in the wake of Soviet collapse||14|
|2||Culture shift in a postcommunist state||46|
|3||Ethnic mobilization in the postcommunist context : Albanians in Macedonia and the East European Roma||78|
|4||Ethnicity, elections, and party systems in postcommunist states||108|
|5||What provokes violent ethnic conflict? : political choice in one African and two Balkan cases||140|
|6||Migration and ethnic politics in Eastern Europe and Eurasia||166|
|7||National minorities in postcommunist Europe : the role of international norms and European integration||191|