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The Post-Soviet States: Mapping the Politics of Transition

By: Graham Smith

271 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Hodder Arnold

Paperback | Jul 1999 | #131441 | ISBN: 0340677910
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The collapse of the Soviet Union has engendered one of the most momentous and critical regional transformations of our times through the formation and development of the post-Soviet states. This book explores the politics of post-Soviet transition and the problems which will continue to face these states well into the twenty-first century, as they struggle towards democracy, market reform, ethnic co-existence and integration into a new geopolitical post-Cold War world order. Richly illustrated with examples drawn from Russian and other post-Soviet primary sources, the author focuses on three broad themes of transition: firstly, the progression from colonialism to post-colonialism and the consequences of such changes on national identity and the redefinition of national homeland; secondly, the movement away from totalitarian rule and the factors which both facilitate and challenge the prospects of a democratic future; and thirdly, the process of securing a successful place in the global capitalist economy.

..this text is a mandatory read for anyone interested in getting a better handle on the issues facing the post-Soviet states. -- Political Geography 20030428


Production; ends, geopolitics and socialism; the crisis of Soviet socialism; reform communism and the new urban society; the revolution from below; decolonization and the politics of national identities; state formation and nation-building; Russia and the new federal politics; the borderland republics; nationalism and Islam in the southern states; democratization; the post-totalitarian state, civil society and the emergence of social movements; the labour movement; the environment movement; civil society and geographics of corruption; marketization; post-socialist models for development; the geopolitical economy of the CIS; Russia, regional policy and the new Siberian politics; the urban economy and the new service sector; reforming the countryside; the impact of globalization; geopolitics; geoeconomics; geocultures.

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