Why has social peace been preserved in some new, nationalizing countries in Eastern Europe and broken down in others? While civil peace has reigned in Estonia, Moldova experienced a bloody civil war in 1992, claiming more than a thousand casualties. These two states in question share a number of common characteristics, but there is one important difference. National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies analyzes processes of nation-building and ethnic integration in Estonia and Moldova in order to increase our general understanding of how social peace remains strong in one place and disintegrates in another. Chapters employ both "on the ground" empirical studies and a strong theoretical framework to discuss theories on ethnic violence in the modern world and their possible relevance for these two cases. Additionally, the results of two large-scale surveys and four country chapters written by scholars living and working in Moldova and Estonia round out the book's exploration of each country's similarities and differences. The resulting volume contributes to a better understanding of national integration process in Estonia and Moldova and of national integration and communal violence in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742518872
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pål Kolstø is professor of Russian and East European area studies, University of 'slo.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Integration, Alienation, and Conflict in Estonia and Moldova at the Societal Level: A Comparison Chapter 3 The Cultural and Social Makeup of Estonia Chapter 4 Estonia: Nation-Building and Integration—Political and Legal Aspects Chapter 5 The Cultural and Social Makeup of Moldova: A Bipolar or Dispersed Society? Chapter 6 Social Multipolarity and Political Violence Chapter 7 Russia and the OSCE: The Influence of Interested Third and Disinterested Fourth Parties on the Conflicts in Estonia and Moldova Chapter 8 Conclusion

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