Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States: Interests, Influence, and Identities in Estonia and Latvia

Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States: Interests, Influence, and Identities in Estonia and Latvia

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Despite socialism's best efforts, ethnic identity remained a salient feature in Central and Eastern Europe. Not only did ethno-nationalism help to bring about the fall of the socialist regimes in this region, but it also characterized much of the post-socialist politics. Nation-Building and Minority Politics examines the issue of minority politics in post-socialist states within this dual structure. In particular, it offers an in-depth analysis of post-restoration politics in Estonia and Latvia, covering four issues. First, it looks at the historical context of the current group relations. Second, the study explores the domestic nature of minority politics in Estonia and Latvia by looking at domestic politics and policies. Third, it examines the role of the Russian Federation as an 'external national homeland' through illustrating developments within Russian foreign policy. Finally, the book analyses the role of three significant European organizations, namely the OSCE, EU and the Council of Europe as agents of 'conditionality'. Overall, this study combines old and new theoretical approaches to nation-building and minority politics to exhibit the changing nature of the relationship between majority, minority, external national homeland, and international organizations in today's Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783898214674
Publisher: ibidem Press
Publication date: 03/05/2005
Series: Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society , #8
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Despite socialism's best efforts, ethnic identity remained a salient feature in Central and Eastern Europe. Not only did ethno-nationalism help to bring about the fall of the socialist regimes in this region, but it also characterized much of the post-socialist politics. Nation-Building and Minority Politics examines the issue of minority politics in post-socialist states within this dual structure. In particular, it offers an in-depth analysis of post-restoration politics in Estonia and Latvia, covering four issues. First, it looks at the historical context of the current group relations. Second, the study explores the domestic nature of minority politics in Estonia and Latvia by looking at domestic politics and policies. Third, it examines the role of the Russian Federation as an 'external national homeland' through illustrating developments within Russian foreign policy. Finally, the book analyses the role of three significant European organizations, namely the OSCE, EU and the Council of Europe as agents of 'conditionality'. Overall, this study combines old and new theoretical approaches to nation-building and minority politics to exhibit the changing nature of the relationship between majority, minority, external national homeland, and international organizations in today's Europe.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Foreword, by David J. Smith
1. Introduction
2. Democratic Transitions
3. Ethnicity and Politics
4. International Institutions
5. Occupation and Independence
6. Politics, Parties, and Governments
7. Minority Policies
8. Russia as the External National Homeland
9. The Baltic States and Europe
10. Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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