Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Nationalism


436 pp. ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart & Hannover 2007
ISBN-10: 3898218155
ISBN-13: 9783898218153
EUR39.90 (p/b)

This volume brings together 15 articles divided into four sections on
theoretical and comparative studies, the role of nationalism in
transitions to democracy, the application of theory to country case
studies, and the role played by history and myths in the forging of
national identities and nationalisms. The book develops new theories
and frameworks through engaging with leading scholars of nationalism:
Hans Kohn's propositions are discussed in relation to the
applicability of the term 'civic' (with no ethno-cultural
connotations) to liberal democracies, Rogers Brubaker over the
usefulness of dividing European states into 'civic' and
'nationalising' states when the former have historically been
'nationalisers', Will Kymlicka on the applicability of
multiculturalism to post-communist states, and Paul Robert Magocsi on
the lack of data to support claims of revivals by national minorities
in Ukraine. The book also engages with 'transitology' over the
usefulness of comparative studies of transitions in regions that
underwent only political reforms, and those that had 'quadruple
transitions', implying simultaneous democratic and market reforms, as
well as state and nation building. A comparative study of Serbian and
Russian diasporas focuses on why ethnic Serbs and Russians living
outside Serbia and Russia reacted differently to the disintegration
of Yugoslavia and the USSR. The book dissects the writing of Russian
and Soviet history that continues to utilize imperial frameworks of
history, analyzes the re-writing of Ukrainian history within post-
colonial theories, and discusses the forging of Ukraine's identity
within theories of 'Others' as central to the shaping of identities.
The collection of articles proposes a new framework for the study of
Ukrainian nationalism as a broader research phenomenon by placing
nationalism in Ukraine within a theoretical and comparative
perspective.

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