An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires (Google eBook)

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James Stuart Olson, Lee Brigance Pappas, Nicholas Charles Pappas
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 840 pages
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In 1991, the centrifugal forces of ethnic nationalism destroyed the Soviet Union. Religious and ethnic issues will be the defining principles of political life in East Europe, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia for the next decade. Yet when most Americans and Europeans read, for instance, of the Ossetians and Ingush, they have no idea who these peoples are or why they are fighting. This volume will provide a ready reference for students, researchers, and librarians who are trying to sort out the political and social struggles in that part of the world. Focusing on ethnolinguistic groups rather than peoples with purely religious orientations, Olson provides entries on over 450 ethnic groups, with appropriate cross-references. Each entry concludes with references, and the volume includes a selected bibliography of English-language titles. The volume also includes a chronology, several appendixes providing statistical information, and an appendix essay on Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union.
  

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Contents

Preface
vii
Major Ethnic Groups of the Soviet Union by Republic 1990
751
Ethnic Populations of the Soviet Union 19261989
753
A Brief History of Islam with Special Reference to Russia and the Soviet Union
758
A Chronology of the Russian and Soviet Empires
767
Major Political Subdivisions of the Soviet Union in 1990
782
Nationality Language Loyalty and Religion in the Soviet Union 1989
785
Soviet Residence Patterns by Major Nationality Group 1989
790
Ethnic Composition of the Autonomous Units of the Soviet Union in 1991
797
Selected Bibliography of Titles in English
799
Index
817
About the Editors and Contributors
839
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JAMES S. OLSON is Professor of History at Sam Houston State University.

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