Post-Cold War Identity Politics(Nationalism and Ethnicity Series): Northern and Baltic Experiences

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During the past decade northern Europe has started to assume an identity of its own. Categories of East and West have become blurred, challenging as well the idea of what it means to be Nordic.

Post-Cold War Identity Politics maps this process in Scandinavia. Looking at projects designed to help regional development in the Nordic countires, it assesses whether a new way of defining 'Northern-ness' is emerging. The book highlights the existence of co-existing and - to some extent...

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Overview

During the past decade northern Europe has started to assume an identity of its own. Categories of East and West have become blurred, challenging as well the idea of what it means to be Nordic.

Post-Cold War Identity Politics maps this process in Scandinavia. Looking at projects designed to help regional development in the Nordic countires, it assesses whether a new way of defining 'Northern-ness' is emerging. The book highlights the existence of co-existing and - to some extent - competing region-building projects in northern Europe. It demonstrates how they are all efforts by existing nations to redefine their role in Europe at a time of change, and points to how they might develop in the future.

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Table of Contents

Map
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Series Editor's Preface
Foreward
Introduction: Other Europes 1
1 Possessing a Baltic Europe: Retold National Narratives in the European North 11
2 Nordic Near Abroad or New Northern Europe? Perspectives on Post-Cold War Regional Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Area 50
3 Past Politics in North-Eastern Europe: The Role of History in Post-Cold War Identity Politics 78
4 From Modern to Post-Modern Region-Building: Emancipating the Finnish Nation from the State 101
5 The Encounter between the Nordic and the Northern: Torn Apart but Meeting Again? 128
6 Looking for Neighbours: Origins and Developments of Latvian Rhetoric on Nordic 'Closeness' 157
7 Regional Security: All or Nothing at All? 173
8 Estonia and Europe: A Common Identity or an Identity Crisis? 183
9 Paradise Regained: The Conceptualization of Europe in the Lithuanian Debate 199
10 The Baltic States in Russian Foreign Policy Discourse: Can Russia Become a Baltic Country? 219
11 Post-Soviet Geo-Politics in the North of Europe 253
12 Clash of the Boundaries? The European Union and Russia in the Northern Dimension 275
Select Bibliography 299
Index 313
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