Historical Dictionary of Belarus

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Belarus is a state that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Like many other states formerly part of the Soviet Union, it had little experience with national independence, and during the twentieth century was heavily influenced by Russia. The "Historical Dictionary of Belarus" only becomes more important due to the lack of attention that has been paid to this country. Its relationship with Russia will be a crucial determining factor in the future of Eastern Europe, as the two countries once again grow ...
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Overview

Belarus is a state that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Like many other states formerly part of the Soviet Union, it had little experience with national independence, and during the twentieth century was heavily influenced by Russia. The "Historical Dictionary of Belarus" only becomes more important due to the lack of attention that has been paid to this country. Its relationship with Russia will be a crucial determining factor in the future of Eastern Europe, as the two countries once again grow closer politically and economically. The introduction investigates how this relationship will impact upon the future of this small nation as well as the power dynamics of NATO and Europe. The Dictionary covers a broad range of topics including, Belarus's history, economy, politics, religion, culture, and demographics. It looks back on the country's origins, and gains insight from its history of domination by Poland and Russia, as well as its historically strategic location between Western Europe and Russia. the Baltic Sea. It also traces many nationalist and independence movements and discusses their cultural impact upon present day Belarus. Over four hundred dictionary entries provide quick and easy access to basic facts and personalities from Belarus, including important historical figures as well as contemporary political players. An important volume dedicated to a new and still relatively unknown country, the Historical Dictionary of Belarus goes far in finally bringing information about this area and its people to the light of day. An essential volume for those trying to grip the importance of the furious changes occurring in post-Soviet Europe. The book also includestwo maps: one of Belarus's position in Europe, and a detailed map of the country.

Author Biography: Jan Zaprudnik (Ph.D., New York University) has published extensively on Belarus, including Belarus: At a Crossroads in History (Westview, 1993).

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This historical dictionary of Belarus covers a multitude of subjects including history, economy, politics, religion, society, culture, and demographics, as well as providing maps, a historical chronology, and notes on terminology and spelling. In addition, a historical essay describes the country's domination by Russia, Poland, and other countries, treats Belarus's brief periods of partial or complete independence, and addresses its current status. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834491
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: European Historical Dictionaries Series
  • Edition number: 336
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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