Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in and After the Soviet Union: The Mind Aflame

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Valery Tishkov is a well-known Russian historian and anthropologist, and former Minister of Nationalities in Yeltsin's government. This book draws on his inside knowledge of major events and extensive primary research.

Tishkov argues that ethnicity has a multifaceted role: it is the most accessible basis for political mobilization; a means of controlling power and resources in a transforming society; and therapy for the great trauma suffered by individuals and groups under previous regimes. This complexity helps explain the contradictory nature and outcomes of public ethnic policies based on a doctrine of ethno-nationalism.

 

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Contents

General Approaches and Issues
1
Two Case Studies
115
the Chechen War Part I
183
the Chechen War Part II
207
Governing Conflicting Ethnicity
228
What is Rossia? Identities in Transition
246
Strategies for Ethnic Accord in PostSoviet States
272
Destroying Reality through Theory
294
Index
319
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About the author (1997)

Valery Tishkov is Professor of History and Anthropology, Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Senior Research Consultant at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

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