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The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict

The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict

by Gwendolyn Sasse


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The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict

In the early to mid-1990s, the Western media, policymakers, and academics alike warned that Crimea was a potential center of unrest and instability in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's dissolution. However, large-scale conflict in Crimea did not materialize, and Kyiv has managed to integrate the peninsula into the new Ukrainian polity. This book traces the imperial legacies, in particular identities and institutions of the Russian and Soviet period, and post-Soviet transition politics. Both frame Crimea's potential for conflict and the dynamics of conflict prevention. As a critical case in which conflict did not erupt despite a structural predisposition to ethnic, regional, and even international enmity, the Crimea question is located in the larger context of conflict and conflict-prevention studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932650013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Harvard Ukrainian Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gwendolyn Sasse is a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, University Reader in Comparative Politics, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Maps     xiii
Introduction     1
Part 1
Identity and Conflict in Transition     13
Imagining Crimea: The Symbols and Myths of a Politicized Landscape     35
The Making of History: Writing and Rewriting "Crimea"     65
The Institutional Legacies of Territory and Ethnicity     83
Reassessing the 1954 Transfer of Crimea     107
Part 2
The Last Soviet ASSR: The Mobilization of Crimean Separatism     129
Crimea's Post-Soviet Russian Movement: The Rise and Fall of Separatism     155
Integrating Crimea into the Ukrainian State     175
Crimean Autonomy and Its Aftermath     201
The International Dimensions of the Crimea Question     221
Conclusion     251
Epilogue     263
The Crimean Population, 1897-2001     275
Elite Interviews in April and September-October 1996     277
Regional Elite Turnover and Profile, 1990-98     281
Notes     295
Works Cited     361
Index     387

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