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. The collapse of communism’s intellectual currency was less complete in Russia than in those parts of Eastern Europe, such as Poland, where independent and critical social sciences were already partially established before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In comparative terms, the core post-Soviet society

In: Comparative Sociology
The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review is a peer-reviewed journal which focuses on the history of the Soviet Union and its successor states, including but not limited to the Russian Federation. The journal welcomes original, scholarly submissions in the form of articles, essays, and book reviews relating to Soviet and post-Soviet history, particularly the realms of social, environmental, and cultural history. Authors are requested to submit material for consideration in English, although Russian language submissions will also be considered.

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This article analyses Russia’s foreign policy towards Georgia during the post-Soviet era. It examines the nuances between post-Soviet policies, which are heavily loaded with historical and nation-building issues, and neo-colonial ones, understood as the refusal to let go of the former empire. Since 1991, Russia has held the key to Georgia’s territorial integrity, political stability and economic development. Moscow’s policies gradually became more aggressive in the aftermath of the colour revolutions (from 2003 onwards). Georgia’s new leadership portrayed Russia as the main obstacle to the country’s modernisation, and the hostility reached a climax with the 2008 war in South Ossetia. Having considered the evolution of bilateral relations and the international context, this article argues that although Russia’s pressure on Georgia has always been strong, the change in political actors and the balance of forces – with the growing influence of the EU and NATO in post-Soviet countries – have played a decisive role in triggering aggressive, and eventually revisionist policies.

In: European Review of International Studies
Moral Experience in Contemporary Moscow
Author: Jarrett Zigon
The post-Soviet years have widely been interpreted as a period of intense moral questioning, debate, and struggle. Despite this claim few studies have revealed how this moral experience has been lived and articulated by Russians themselves. This book provides an intimate portrait of how five Muscovites have experienced the post-Soviet years as a period of intense refashioning of their moral personhood, and how this process can only be understood at the intersection of their unique personal experiences, a shared Russian/Soviet history, and increasingly influential global discourses and practices. The result is a new approach to understanding everyday moral experience and the processes by which new moral persons are cultivated.

Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 38 (2011) 97–103 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187633211X589088 brill.nl/spsr 1 ) Nina Tumarkin, Th e Living and the Dead: Th e Rise and Fall of the Cult of World War II in Russia (New York: Basic Books, 1994), 200. 2 ) Tumarkin, Th e Living

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
In her book, Gulnaz Sibgatullina examines the intricate relationship of religion, identity and language-related beliefs against the background of socio-political changes in post-Soviet Russia. Focusing on the Russian and Tatar languages, she explores how they simultaneously serve the needs of both Muslims and Christians living in the country today.

Mapping linguistic strategies of missionaries, converts and religious authorities, Sibgatullina demonstrates how sacred vocabulary in each of the languages is being contested by a variety of social actors, often with competing agendas. These linguistic collisions not only affect meanings of the religious lexicon in Tatar and Russian but also drive a gradual convergence of Russia's Islam and Christianity.
Author: Marco Puleri

Available Online Date: 27 February 2018 Introduction: At the Crossroads between Normative Measures and Blurred Cultural Boundaries in the Post-Soviet Space When describing the pronounced centrality of national identity in post-Soviet studies, Mark Bassin and Catriona Kelly observed how

In: Southeastern Europe

Th e Soviet and Post-Soviet Review 37 (2010) 125–141 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187633210X536861 brill.nl/spsr Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Nationalism and Language Issues Gulnara Dadabaeva and Aigul Adibayeva Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review

paper focuses on comparing how social scientists and humanities scholars frame and study “post-Soviet transformations” in three “post-Soviet” countries – Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. The three countries are characterized by diverging attitudes to the Soviet past, with some of the most developed

In: Comparative Sociology
Author: Alena Marková

new model of post-Soviet national identity at both the institutional and mass level (such as by introducing new history textbooks in schools and new historical narratives) accompanied these changes. For example, on 19 September 1991, new state symbols of an independent Belarus were officially

In: Journal of Belarusian Studies