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Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe

Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe

by Charles King
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Why do some violent conflicts endure across the centuries, while others become dimly remembered ancient struggles among forgotten peoples? Is nationalism really the powerful force that it appeared to be in the 1990s? This wide-ranging work examines the conceptual intersection of nationalist ideology, social violence, and the political transformation of Europe and Eurasia over the last two decades. The end of communism seemed to usher in a period of radical change-an era of "extreme politics" that pitted nations, ethnic groups, and violent entrepreneurs against one another, from the wars in the Balkans and Caucasus to the apparent upsurge in nationalist mobilization throughout the region. But the last twenty years have also illustrated the incredible diversity of political life after the end of one-party rule. Extreme Politics engages with themes from the micropolitics of social violence, to the history of nationalism studies, to the nature of demographic change in Eurasia. Published twenty years since the collapse of communism, Extreme Politics charts the end of "Eastern Europe" as a place and chronicles the ongoing revolution in the scholarly study of the postcommunist world.

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ISBN-13: 9780195370386
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/14/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. A native of the Ozark hill country, he was educated at the University of Arkansas and Oxford University. He is the author of The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus and The Black Sea: A History, both published by Oxford University Press, as well as articles in Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi

1 Introduction 3

Part I Theory and Comparison

2 The National Origins of Nationalism Studies 15

3 Loser Nationalisms: How Certain Ideas of the Nation Succeed or Fail 37

4 The Micropolitics of Social Violence 55

Part II Eastern Europe and Eurasia

5 Post-Postcommunism: Is There Still an "Eastern Europe"? 79

6 The Benefits of Ethnic War 103

7 Diasporas and International Politics 133

8 Migration, Institutions, and Ethnicity 155

9 Conclusion: History and the Science of Politics 179

Notes 185

Bibliography 215

Index 235

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