Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

...This book began as a microstudy about why people in the Russian republic of Tatarstan threw their support behind nationalist movements in the early 1990s. It developed into an investigation comparing all of Russia’s republics. Why did people with minority ethnic identities in some other republics—which were analogous to Tatarstan in so many ways—pass through this period with so little...

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1. ETHNIC ENTREPRENEURS, ORDINARYPEOPLE, AND GROUP GRIEVANCE

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pp. 1-28

...In the late 1980s ethnonationalist movements were springing up all over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Initiated by intellectuals but carried out by mass publics through protest cycles, popular referenda, and elections for independence, nationalist movements sought to gain political control of their region away from rulers they considered foreign. As the states of Eastern Europe suddenly...

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2. VARIATION IN MASS NATIONALISM ACROSS RUSSIA’S REPUBLICS

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pp. 29-59

...The dramatic intervention by Mikhail Gorbachev into an ideologically, politically, and economically stagnant Soviet Union in the late 1980s triggered unanticipated political developments that weakened the system it was meant to rescue. The policies of glasnost and perestroika permitted people and organizations to...

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3. DOES STRUCTURE MATTER?

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pp. 60-90

...Did adverse economic conditions at the end of the Soviet era in Russia’s republics inspire people to support republican nationalism? This chapter addresses this question by analyzing socioeconomic stratification among ethnic groups. This theme has received wide attention in the general literature on ethnic politics, perhaps most famously in Gellner’s model in which Ruritanian workers seek...

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4. SUPPORTING NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY IN TATARSTAN

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pp. 91-125

...This chapter provides an in-depth study of the rise of mass support for nationalism by focusing on one of Russia’s most nationalist republics—Tatarstan. This case is particularly revealing because people in Tatarstan supported the opposition nationalist movement to a greater degree than in other republics. The case also suggests, however, the ephemeral nature of nationalism: popular support...

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5. NATIONALISM IN A SOCIALIST COMPANY TOWN

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pp. 126-144

...In 1969, Naberezhnye Chelny, named Brezhnev at that time, was a small rural town located in northeast Tatarstan with a population of thirty-eight thousand and no infrastructural links to the rest of the country. Soviet central planners, in a less than rational moment, decided this was the ideal spot to construct the USSR’s newest and largest truck and automobile production complex. So construction...

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6. ETHNIC ENTREPRENEURS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF GROUP GRIEVANCE

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pp. 145-184

...It is generally thought that people support programs of nationalist renewal as a result of long-standing cultural, political, or economic grievances. If people maintain a grievance—a feeling of having been wronged—over the course of many years, that grievance, it is assumed, will be deeply felt and therefore likely to shape political attitudes and motivate political action. Though people may...

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7. SECESSIONISM FROM THE BOTTOM UP

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pp. 185-205

...This chapter addresses secessionist campaigns mounted by Russia’s republics vis-à-vis Moscow in the early 1990s. It asks why some republics made strong demands on Moscow for increased autonomy, sovereignty, or even independence while other republics did not. In contrast to existing explanations that see republican wealth as the motivating force behind secession, the approach developed...

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8. LESSONS FROM RUSSIA

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pp. 206-214

...It is by now conventional wisdom in social science that ethnic identity is a contingent, socially constructed phenomenon rather than a primordial one. As the hegemony of primordialist explanations of ethnic mobilization fades, rational choice-based as well as other approaches to the formation of ethnicity and its...

Bibliography

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pp. 215-228

Index

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pp. 229-234