Beyond the Nation-State: Culture and Ethnic Politics in Soviet Transcaucasia

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
Author: Mark Saroyan1
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  • 1 (University of California, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.
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MARK SAROYAN (Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.) BEYOND THE NATION-STATE: CULTURE AND ETHNIC POLITICS IN SOVIET TRANSCAUCASIA* Introduction Ethnic activism has emerged as one of the most difficult challenges for the USSR in the Gorbachev era. From the Baltic republics to the Caucasus and Central Asia, the scope and intensity of ethnic activism, along with the diversity of the issues raised, came as something of a surprise both for Soviet leaders in Moscow and observers of Soviet politics in the West. Western analysts of the Soviet ethnic politics have traditionally focused on the changing nuances of meaning articulated in party ideological tracts

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