The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict

Book Description:

Regional diversity such as Ukraine’s often embodies potential for
friction and conflict, in particular when it involves territorialized
ethnicity and divergent historical experiences. Political elites
interested in stability and conflict prevention must find ways either
to accommodate or control this diversity. In the early to mid-1990s,
the Western media, policymakers and academics alike warned that
Crimea was a potential centre of unrest in the aftermath of the
Soviet Union’s dissolution. However, large-scale conflict in Crimea
did not materialize, and Kyiv has managed to integrate the peninsula
into the new Ukrainian polity. This book explores the factors that
led to the largely peaceful transition and places the situation in
the larger context of conflict-prevention studies, explaining this
critical case in which conflict did not erupt despite a structural
predisposition to ethnic, regional and even international enmity.

Dr Gwendolyn Sasse is Reader in the Comparative Politics of Central
and Eastern Europe, and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College.

* Hardcover: 384 pages

* Publisher: Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University
(November 30, 2007)

* Language: English

* ISBN-10: 1932650016

* ISBN-13: 978-1932650013

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