The Post-Soviet Wars by Christoph Zurcher

By Christoph Zurcher

The Post-Soviet Wars is a comparative account of the equipped violence within the Caucusus sector, taking a look at 4 key components: Chechnya, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Dagestan. Zürcher's aim is to appreciate the beginning and nature of the violence in those areas, the reaction and suppression from the post-Soviet regime and the ensuing results, all with an eye fixed towards realizing why a few conflicts became violent, while others no longer. particularly, in Dagestan real violent clash has no longer erupted, an exception of political balance for the zone. The ebook presents a short background of the quarter, rather the cave in of the Soviet Union and the ensuing adjustments that happened within the wake of this toppling. Zürcher conscientiously seems to be on the stipulations inside of every one area -- financial, ethnic, non secular, and political -- to make feel of why a few became to violent clash and a few didn't and what the way forward for the area may possibly portend.

This very important quantity presents either an summary of the zone that's either up to date and finished in addition to an obtainable knowing of the present scholarship on mobilization and violence.

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238. 71. Ibid. p. 238. 72. Ibid. p. 239. 73. Miller, ‘In defence of nationality’, p. 27. 74. Heribert Adam, ‘Rational choice in ethnic mobilization: a critique’, International Migration Review 17, 3 (1983), pp. 546–50 (p. 547). indd 36 08/03/2011 08:46 CHAPTER TWO The Nation and National Identity Since there are numerous perspectives of what constitutes a nation, we suggest applying a derivative method, which defines a nation as a political community endowed with a collective identity. The basic understanding of a nation pertains to its nature as a community whose members are citizens, that is individuals with claims to political self-determination.

National identities frequently operate under the circumstances of societal pluralism that makes recombination of identities necessary. 6 Three aspects of national identity At the abstract level, we can define national identity as a threetiered concept, the criteria of which are: internal cohesion or thickness; the principle of exclusion; and the dynamics of identity in form of the We–I balance. First, national identity can be analysed in terms of the degree of internal integration, which translates into the ‘thickness’, or resilience, of nations in times of crisis and external shock.

387–407. See Zygmunt Bauman, ‘Identity in the globalizing world’, Social Anthropology 9, 2 (2001), pp. 121–9; Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Modernity (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000); see also Sanford F. Schram, ‘Postmodern policy analysis: discourse and identity in welfare policy’, Policy Sciences 26, 3 (1993), pp. 249–70; Peter Abrahamson, ‘Liquid modernity: Bauman on contemporary welfare society’, Acta Sociologica 47, 2 (2004), pp. 171–9; Vince Marotta, ‘Zygmunt Bauman: order, strangerhood and freedom’, Thesis Eleven 70, 1 (2002), pp.

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