Nations Without States: A Historical Dictionary of Contemporary National Movements

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1996 - History - 692 pages
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Russians are suppressing the Chechen; Ibo nationalism may yet tear Nigeria apart. With the end of the Cold War, any of the world's stateless peoples could be in tomorrow's headlines. This book provides an essential guide to the stateless nations suppressed or ignored during the Cold War. In more than 200 national surveys, the volume highlights the historical, political, social, economic, and diplomatic evolution of many of the currently emerging nations without states. Including nations from all continents--from the Chechen in Eastern Europe, to the Ibo in Africa, and the Quebeckers in North America--the book addresses the current nationalist resurgence by focusing on the most basic element of any nationalism, the nation itself.

The book provides the only source of concise information on stateless nations. Each entry includes the nation's name and alternative names, population statistics, information on major languages and religions, geographical information, independence declarations, information on the national flag, a brief sketch of the primary national group or groups, and a profile of the nation's history and national development to the present. A chronological appendix of declarations of independence helps to set the waves of nationalism in an historical context. A second appendix provides a geographic listing, by region and nation, of national organizations.

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"Nations without states" is THE textbook for those interested in unrecognised nations and states. A little dated now (the East Timorese and southern Sudanese have no need to be included here anymore ... Read full review


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JAMES MINAHAN is a freelance writer and independent researcher living in Barcelona, Spain. His most recent books include Miniature Empires: A Historical Dictionary of the Newly Independent States (Greenwood, 1998) and One Europe, Many Nations: A Historical Dictionary of European National Groups (Greenwood, 2000).

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