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Ukraine: The Search for a National Identity by Sharon L. Wolchik

This comprehensive book focuses on the challenges facing Ukraine as a newly emerged state after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Like all countries with no recent history of independence, Ukraine had to invent or recreate effective political institutions, reintroduce a market economy, and reorient its foreign policy. These tasks were impossible to accomplish without resolving the question of national identity. In this balanced and clear-eyed assessment, a team of U.S. and Ukrainian specialists explores the external and internal dimensions of national identity and statehood, providing a wealth of information previously unavailable to Western scholars. Arguing that the search for national identity is a multidimensional process, the authors show that it reflects the realities of the dawning twenty-first century. Paradoxically, this quest must cope with the both the weakening of state boundaries caused by globalization and the strengthening of the national model as new countries emerge from the disintegration of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. After providing the historical context of Ukraine's international debut, the book analyzes the complexities of constructing a national identity. The authors explore questions of ethnic relations and regionalism, the development of political values and attitudes, mass-elite relations, the cultural background of economic strategies, gender issues, and the threat of organized crime to emergent civil society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847693450
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/23/1999
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Sharon Wolchik is professor of political science and international affairs at the George Washington University. Volodymyr Zviglyanich is senior fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in Kyiv and adjunct professor and research associate at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University.

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