By Anatoly M. Khazanov
A world-renowned anthropologist, Anatoly M. Khazanov bargains a witty, insightful, and cautionary research of ethnic nationalism and its pivotal position 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 learn there because the Nineteen Sixties, informs the case reports with a unique authoritative voice. This quantity is destined to be a completely worthwhile reference for the knowledge of ethnic kin and the politics of minorities within the ex-USSR into the subsequent century.”—Leonard Plotnicov, editor of Ethnology
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Alexis deTocqueville Communism is the longest and the · most difficult and painful way from capitalism to capitalism. -contemporary Russian jokt: The End of History? Recent developments in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries often con· tradict the prognostications of those for whom political predictions an: almost a profession. Some of the failures in prognostication are connected with the essential unpredictability of the future, which always leaves opell different windows of opportunity-a truth that scholars inspired by varl· ous kinds of teleologies, or by certain pragmatic considerations, are sonK times too reluctant to admit and, even more, to follow in their research.
The boundaries of the new states that will then begin to emerge on the territory of the former Soviet Union will be extremely hard to determine. But it is also possible that the "middle class" will prove strong enough to keep control in its own hands. In that case, the granting of independence to the various Soviet nationalities will come about peacefully and some sort of federation will be created, similar to the British Commonwealth or the European Economic Community (Amal'rik 1971: 65). It appears that his prediction was again very close to the truth.
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After the USSR: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in Commonwealth of Independent States by Anatoly M. Khazanov
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