Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the formation of nationalism in Belarus through two dimensions: elite ideology and everyday practice. I argue the presidential election of 2020 turned into a fundamental institutional crisis when a homogeneous set of 'nation' practices against the state ideology replaced existing elite ideology. This resulted in popular incremental changes in conceptions of national understanding. After twenty-six consecutive years in power, President Lukashenka unintentionally unleashed a process of national awakening leading to the rise of a new sovereign nation that demands the right to determine its own future, independent of geopolitical pressures and interference.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 97-110
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-02
Open Access
No
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