Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism: New Directions in Cross-Cultural and Post-Communist Studies

Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism: New Directions in Cross-Cultural and Post-Communist Studies


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Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism: New Directions in Cross-Cultural and Post-Communist Studies by Taras Kuzio

This volume brings together 15 articles divided into four sections on the role of nationalism in transitions to democracy, the application of theory to country case studies, and the role played by history and myths in the forging of national identities and nationalisms. The book develops new theories and frameworks through engaging with leading scholars of nationalism: Hans Kohn's propositions are discussed in relation to the applicability of the term 'civic' (with no ethno-cultural connotations) to liberal democracies, Rogers Brubaker over the usefulness of dividing European states into 'civic' and 'nationalizing' states when the former have historically been 'nationalizers', Will Kymlicka on the applicability of multiculturalism to post-communist states, and Paul Robert Magocsi on the lack of data to support claims of revivals by national minorities in Ukraine. The book also engages with 'transitology' over the usefulness of comparative studies of transitions in regions that underwent only political reforms, and those that had 'quadruple transitions', implying simultaneous democratic and market reforms, as well as state and nation building. A comparative study of Serbian and Russian diasporas focuses on why ethnic Serbs and Russians living outside Serbia and Russia reacted differently to the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the USSR. The book dissects the writing of Russian and Soviet history that continues to utilize imperial frameworks of history, analyzes the re-writing of Ukrainian history within post-colonial theories, and discusses the forging of Ukraine's identity within theories of 'Others' as central to the shaping of identities. The collection of articles proposes a new framework for the study of Ukrainian nationalism as a broader research phenomenon by placing nationalism in Ukraine within a theoretical and comparative perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783898218153
Publisher: ibidem Press
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Series: Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series , #71
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Taras Kuzio is a Toronto-based leading international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics, nationalism, and European integration at the Centre for Political and Regional Studies, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous books and articles.

Paul Robert Magocsi holds the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Robert Magocsi
Part I. Comparative and Theoretical Nationalism
1. The Myth of the Civic State: A Critical Survey of Hans Kohn's Framework for Understanding Nationalism
2. 'Nationalising States' or Nation Building: A Review of the Theoretical Literature and Empirical Evidence
3. Can Western Multiculturalism Be Applied to the Post-Soviet States: A Critical Response to Kymlicka
Part II. Nationalism and Transitology
4. Transition in Post-Communist States: Triple or Quadruple?
5. The National Factor in Ukraine's Quadruple Transition
6. National Identity and Democratic Transition in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Belarus: A Theoretical and Comparative Perspective
7. Ukraine's Post-Soviet Transition: A Theoretical and Comparative Perspective
Part III. Country Case Studies Of Nationalism
8. Russians and Russophones in the Former USSR and Serbs in Yugoslavia: A Comparative Study of Passivity and Mobilisation
9. Nationalism in Ukraine. Towards a New Theoretical and Comparative Framework
10. Identity and Nation-Building in Ukraine: Defining the 'Other'
11. Rusyns in Ukraine: Between Fact and Fiction
Part IV. History, Myths And Nationalism
12. History and National Identity among the Eastern Slavs: Towards a New Framework
13. History, Memory and Nation Building in the Post-Soviet Colonial Space
14. Nation-State Building and the Re-Writing of History in Ukraine: The Legacy of Kyiv Rus
15. National Identity and History Writing in Ukraine
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