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  • Russian Diasporas in the "Near Abroad":Implications for International Peace
  • Pål Kolstø (bio)
Russia and Its New Diasporas. Igor Zevelev. Washington, DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001.
Pål Kolstø
University of Oslo
Pål Kolstø

Pål Kolstø is Professor in charge of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of several books and some 60 articles in English, Norwegian, Russian, and German. Among his works are Political Construction Sites: Nation-Building in Russia and the Post-Soviet States (Westview P, 2000); Nation-Building and Ethnic Integration in Post-Soviet Societies: An Investigation of Latvia and Kazakstan (Westview P, 2000); and Russians in the Former Soviet Republics (Christopher Hurt P/Indiana UP, 1995). His articles include "Territorialising Diasporas: The case of Russians in Former Soviet Republics" (Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 1999) and "The New Russian Diaspora: An Identity of Its Own?" (Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1996).


1. Identity formation was also the main topic in Kolstø, "New Russian Diaspora."

2. This is Shatov's description, in The Possessed, of any people that does not possess a collective sense of a messianic mission. See Dostoevskii 200.

Works Cited

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Chinn, Jeff, and Robert Kaiser. Russians as the New Minority: Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Soviet Successor States. Boulder, CO: Westview P, 1996.
Dostoevskii, F.M. Biesy [The Possessed]. 1873. Vol. 10 of Polnoe sobranie sochinenii v tridtsati tom akh [Complete Works in 30 Volumes]. Leningrad: "Nauka," 1972-1990.
Huntington, Samuel P. "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs 72.3 (1993): 22-49.
———. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon, 1996.
Kolstø, Pål. "The New Russian Diaspora—an Identity of Its Own? Possible Identity Trajectories for Russians in the Former Soviet Republic." Ethnic and Racial Studies 19 (1996): 609-39.
Kolstoe, Paul. Russians in the Former Soviet Republics. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995.
Laitin, David D. Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1999.
Melvin, Neil. Russians Beyond Russia: The Politics of National Identity. London: Royal Inst. of Intl. Affairs, 1995.
Shlapentokh, Vladimir, Munir Sendich, and Emil Payin, eds. The New Russian Diaspora: Russian Minorities in the Former Soviet Republics. Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1994.


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