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Since its publication in 1993, Nations and Politics in the Soviet Successor-States edited by Ian Bremmer and Ray Taras has established itself internationally as the genuinely comprehensive, systematic and rigorous analysis of the nation- and state-building processes of the fifteen states that grew out of the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. New States, New Politics: Building the Post-Soviet Nations was first published in 1997 and succeeds and replaces the editors' earlier book with a fresh collection of specially commissioned studies from the world's foremost specialists. Far from eradicating tensions among the former Soviet peoples, the disintegration of empire saw national minorities rediscovering long-suppressed identities. The contributors to New States, New Politics bring together historical and ethnic backgrounds with penetrating political analysis to offer an intriguing record of the different roads to self-assertion and independence being pursued by these young nations.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Post-Soviet nationalities theory: past, present and future Ian Bremmer; Part II. Russia and its Nations: 2. Russia: confronting a loss of empire John Dunlop; 3. The North Caucasus: confederation in conflict Jane Ormrod; 4. The Middle Volga: exploring the limits of sovereignty Ronald Wixman; 5. Siberia: assimilation and its discontents Gail Fondahl; Part III. The New Eastern Europe: 6. Ukraine: from empire to statehood Alexander Motyl and Bohdan Krawchenko; 7. Belarus: from statehood to empire? Jan Zaprudnik and Michael Urban; 8. Moldova: caught between nation and empire William Crowther; Part IV. The Baltics: 9. Lithuania: rights and responsibilities of independence Alfred Senn; 10. Latvia: restoring a state, rebuilding a nation Nils Muznieks; 11. Estonia: independence redefined Toivo Raun; Part V. The Transcaucasus: 12. Azerbaijan: searching for new neighbours Shireen Hunter; 13. Armenia: paradise lost? Nora Dudwick; 14. Georgia: the trauma of statehood Stephen Jones; Part VI. Central Asia: 15. Kazakhstan: pushing for Eurasia Martha Brill Olcott; 16. Kyrgyzstan: storm clouds over the 'island of democracy' Eugene Huskey; 17. Uzbekistan: breaking the back of democracy Gregory Gleason; 18. Turkmenistan: just like the old times David Nissman; 19. Tajikistan: reform, reaction, and civil war Muriel Atkin; Part VII. Conclusion: 20. From matrioshka nationalism to national interests Ray Taras.