Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State

Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State

by Mark R. Beissinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521806704

ISBN-13: 9780521806701

Pub. Date: 12/28/2011

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, Beissinger utilizes…  See more details below

Overview

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:
9780521806701
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1730L (what's this?)

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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