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Dissolution: Sovereignty and the Breakup of the Soviet Union

Dissolution: Sovereignty and the Breakup of the Soviet Union (Paperback)

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In December 1991, the Soviet Union passed into history as a legal entity, breaking apart into 15 successor states. This clear and convincing book explains why. It emphasizes the critical role of Soviet ethno-federalism, as well as the normative claims and legitimizing myths of Soviet nationality policy. Institutional constraints and legitimizing myths, Walker argues, empowered the anti-union opposition even in republics where it had limited popular support. He also shows how they helped bring about an outcome_the full dissolution of the USSR_that surprisingly few desired.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesRegional studies Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 19/03/2003 ISBN-13: 9780742524538  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Edward W. Walker is executive director, Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and adjunct associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.

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