Historical Dictionary of Belarus / Edition 2

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Overview

The political map of Eastern Europe changed dramatically in December 1991 when the leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine huddled together in a Bielavie-a Forest retreat and decided to dissolve the 15 union republics, which composed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). One of those republics was the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR). A United Nations member since 1945, Belarus has a rich cultural heritage that is seen as a promising base for the development of a solid national identity and for real independence. It is this cultural heritage and sense of history that nourish the ongoing efforts of the nationalist minority, as well as the larger democratic opposition, to resist the regime of President Alaksandr Lukašenka who is bent on restoring ties to Russia. Thus Belarus, with its burdens of the past and potential for the future, finds itself in a struggle that will affect not only its own destiny, but also the international structure of Eastern Europe. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Belarus—through its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects—traces Belarus' history and provides a compass for the direction the country is heading.

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Editorial Reviews

Slavic and East European Journal
The combined efforts of Vitali Silitski and Jan Zaprudnik proved highly valuable. The updated information contributes both to the volume's breadth and cogency. This work will prove beneficial to a broad readership interested in matters of Russia and Eastern Europe, since an understanding of the two historical forces and their complex relations relies heavily on an understanding of Belarus.
— Tony Brown, Brigham Young University
Slavic and East European Journal - Tony Brown
The combined efforts of Vitali Silitski and Jan Zaprudnik proved highly valuable. The updated information contributes both to the volume's breadth and cogency. This work will prove beneficial to a broad readership interested in matters of Russia and Eastern Europe, since an understanding of the two historical forces and their complex relations relies heavily on an understanding of Belarus.
Reference Reviews
Recommended unreservedly.
Booknews
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: 9780810858121
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2007
  • Series: Historical Dictionaries of Europe Series , #59
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Vitali Silitski is a visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He writes extensively on the politics, economy, and society of Belarus; democratic transitions and authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; and Belarus-Russia and the Belarus-EU relations. Jan Zaprudnik has taught the history of Russia and the Soviet Union at Queens College of the City University of New York and history and politics of Belarus at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University. He is the author of the previous edition of the Historical Dictionary of Belarus.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Reader's Note Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appenidx: Rulers of Belarus, 860-1997 Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 About the Author

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