Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State / Edition 1

Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State / Edition 1

by Mark R. Beissinger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052100148X

ISBN-13: 9780521001489

Pub. Date: 07/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study examines the process by which the seemingly impossible in 1987—the disintegration of the Soviet state—became the seemingly inevitable by 1991. It provides an original interpretation of not only the Soviet collapse, but also of the phenomenon of nationalism more generally. Probing the role of nationalist action as both cause and effect,

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This study examines the process by which the seemingly impossible in 1987—the disintegration of the Soviet state—became the seemingly inevitable by 1991. It provides an original interpretation of not only the Soviet collapse, but also of the phenomenon of nationalism more generally. Probing the role of nationalist action as both cause and effect, Beissinger utilizes extensive event data and detailed case studies from across the U.S.S.R. during its final years to elicit the shifting relationship between pre-existing structural conditions, institutional constraints, and event-generated influences in the massive nationalist explosions that brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521001489
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1. From the impossible to the inevitable; 2. The tide and the mobilizational cycle; 3. Structuring nationalism; 4. 'Thickened' history and the mobilization of identity; 5. Tides and the failure of nationalist mobilization; 6. Violence and tides of nationalism; 7. The transcendence of regimes of repression; 8. Russian mobilization and the accumulating 'inevitability' of Soviet collapse; 9. Conclusion: nationhood and event.

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