Abstract

A dispute concerning rightful sovereignty over Crimea has (re)emerged as one of the most heated points of contention between Ukraine and Russia following the Euromaidan protests and Russia’s subsequent annexation of the region in March 2014. Both sides in this dispute have relied upon particular national narratives of Crimea to argue for its inherent “belonging” to either Ukraine or Russia, and these narratives have largely shaped popular understandings of Crimean identities. Frequently neglected in these discussions is the strength of regional identities among Crimeans of all ethnic backgrounds. Based on results from a 2011 survey, this article argues that, at least prior to 2014, Crimeans’ senses of territorial identity and belonging were primarily tied to Crimea itself, while their political affinities for either Ukraine or Russia were generally far less salient.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
2165-0659
Print ISSN
2166-4307
Pages
pp. 225-256
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-17
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.