Nationalism in Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia
- The objective of the course is to provide a broad understanding of the importance of nationalism in Soviet and Russian political history.
- Student gets to know the development of theory of nationalism and history of „nationalities policy‟ in the USSR
- Student understands the reasons for the onset of ethnic conflicts on the post-Soviet space
- Student thinks critically about recent developments in nationalities policy in Russia
- What is nationalism? Theories of nationalism: Modernism, Constructivism and Instrumentalism
- Language, national identity and assimilation
- Soviet national policies in 1920-30-s. Nationalism & Russian Civil War. The creation of the USSR. Russian Empire vs. USSR compared. “Positive discrimination”. The Affirmative action Empire
- Nationalities policies in late Soviet period. Khrushchev and Brezhnev: The “Korennizatsiya” policies. The Soviet nationalism. The Perestroika and disintegration of the USSR.
- Ethnic conflicts in Russia. Minority movements in Russia. The conflict in Chechnya. Tatarstan. Islamism in Russia.
- Post-Soviet and post-communist nationalism compared. Yugoslavia vs. Russia. The Baltic states. Moldova& Transnistria
- Post-Soviet nationalism. The Caucasus: Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. The Karabakh conflict. The Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhazian conflicts
- Nationalism in Putin‟s Russia. Radical nationalism, migration and xenophobia in Russia
- Memory, history and nationalism. Memorial wars. State vs Civil rights movement historical politics.
- Presence and Participation
- case portfolio
- EssayThe written essay is assigned by the end of the class; it must basically include a review of the academic literature on the chosen case. The criteria of assessment are: clarity of writing style, thorough documentation/reference style, creating logical structure of the essay
- Interim assessment (2 module)Gfinal Cumulative = 0,2 active participation and presence in the class + 0.25 Case Portfolio + 0.25 Presentation + 0.3 Written essay
- Giuliano, E. (2011). Constructing Grievance : Ethnic Nationalism in Russia’s Republics. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=673660
- Smith, A. D. . (DE-588)124833543, (DE-576)178384135. (1998). Nationalism and modernism : a critical survey of recent theories of nations and nationalism / Anthony D. Smith. London [u.a.]: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.067369227
- Suny, R. G., & Martin, T. (2001). A State of Nations : Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=264835
- Shcherbak, A., & Sych, K. (2017). Trends in Russian Nationalities Policy: A Structural Perspective. Problems of Post-Communism, 64(6), 311–328. https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2016.1225264
- Troebst, S. (2003). “We Are Transnistrians!” Post-Soviet Identity Management in the Dniester Valley. Ab Imperio, (1), 437–466. https://doi.org/10.1353/imp.2003.0056