By Anatoly M. Khazanov
A world-renowned anthropologist, Anatoly M. Khazanov bargains a witty, insightful, and cautionary research of ethnic nationalism and its pivotal function within the cave in of the Soviet empire.
“Khazanov’s encyclopedic wisdom of the historical past and tradition of post-Soviet societies, mixed with box study there because the Nineteen Sixties, informs the case reports with a unique authoritative voice. This quantity is destined to be a completely useful reference for the knowledge of ethnic family and the politics of minorities within the ex-USSR into the subsequent century.”—Leonard Plotnicov, editor of Ethnology
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Extra resources for After the USSR: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in Commonwealth of Independent States
Ius soli, territorial nationalism) and announced thdr desire to achieve nation-state consolidation. However, ethnic nationalism has also begun to play a growing role in their political life, and lhnic peace in some of them has, in fact, been fragile. The reason for the growth of ethnic nationalism in the republics of the hll'mer Soviet Union is that ideas of ethnic nationalism turned out to be lilt 1rc attractive to ordinary people, political elites, and even to educated mltldle strata in many republics of the CIS than discredited communist hkas or ideas of pluralistic democracy.
S own nationality can also intensify ethnic tension. The struggle to expand the use of languages of dominant nationalities in administrative practi<:t", education, and culture relates, not only to the growth of ethnic awan· ness and the desire to prevent acculturation, but also to a more mund:ciH' goal: to place members of one's own nationality in more advantagt·o o positions vis-a-vis competing members of other nationalities. 'l'he Collapse of the Soviet Union 49 As a result, many nationalities, such as Tuvinians, Bashkirs, or Buryat, may follow the example of Chechens and Tatars and try to achieve more Independence and/ or raise the status of their political formations vis-a-vis central Russian leadership, while those who lack autonomous formations will try to create something similar.
In many cases this can threaten the existing political formations and c1ffend the interests of other ethnic groups. This phenomenon has already 1h reatened the territorial integrity of Moldova and Georgia, as well as that c11' Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachaevo-Cherkessia (rendered as Circassia in EnMIISh), Checheno-Ingushetia, 10 and even Daghestan and Tadjikistan. This ell-sire could threaten other republics and autonomous formations in the 1'111 ure. Territorial disputes and conflicts. : best known conflict of a territorial nature.
After the USSR: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in Commonwealth of Independent States by Anatoly M. Khazanov