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Red Nations

Red Nations

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Jeremy Smith
Cambridge University Press, 9/12/2013
EAN 9780521111317, ISBN10: 0521111315

Hardcover, 412 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
Language: English

Red Nations offers an illuminating and informative overview of how the non-Russian republics of the Soviet Union experienced communist rule. It surveys the series of historical events that contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union and evaluates their continuing resonance across post-soviet states today. Drawing from the latest research, Professor Smith offers comprehensive coverage of the revolutionary years, the early Soviet policies of developing nations, Stalin's purges and deportations of small nationalities, and the rise of independence movements. Through a single, unified narrative, this book illustrates how, in the post-Stalin period, many of the features of the modern nation state emerged. Both scholars and students will find this an indispensable contribution to the history of the dissolution of the USSR, the reconstruction of post-Soviet society, and its impact on non-Russian citizens from the years of the Russian Revolution through to the present day.

1. Introduction
the prison-house of nations
2. Dispersal and reunion
revolution and Civil War in the Borderlands
3. Bolshevik nationality policies and the formation of the USSR
4. Nation-building the Soviet way
5. Surviving the Stalinist onslaught, 1928–41
6. The Great Patriotic War and after
7. Deportations
8. Territorial expansion and the Baltic exception
9. Destalinisation and the revival of the Republics
10. Stability and national development
the Brezhnev years, 1964–82
11. From reform to dissolution, 1982–91
12. Nation-making in the post-Soviet states
13. The orphans of the Soviet Union
Chechnya, Nagorno, Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transdniester
Conclusion.

Advance praise: 'Jeremy Smith has given us the first comprehensive account of the turns and twists of Soviet nationality policies from the revolution to the present. An acknowledged expert on the USSR's practices among non-Russian peoples, Smith shows how nations were constructed and reconstructed by an ostensibly internationalist socialist state that both promoted ethnic cultures but also exiled whole peoples to eradicate perceived threats to the regime. The importance of his story should not be underestimated. The heritage of Soviet aspirations, achievements, and brutal impositions continues after the collapse of communism and remains the ground on which fifteen new states build their future.' Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History, University of Michigan