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Nationalisms Today


Tomasz Kamusella and Krzysztof Jaskulowski

After the end of communism and the breakups of the studiously anational polities of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia into successor nation-states, nationalism and ethnicity returned to the fore of international politics. Earlier these forces had been relegated to the back burner of history when the Cold War struggle unfolded. But even then the process of decolonization had been none other but the gradual globalization of the nation and nation-state as the most legitimate forms of modern-day peoplehood and statehood. At present, nationalism is the sole uncontested global ideology of statehood legitimization. The ethnic variety of this ideology also forms the basis upon which stateless groups reinvent themselves as nations in order to be able to lay claim to territorial autonomy or separate statehood.
This volume inaugurates a new Peter Lang book series, Nationalisms across the Globe, devoted to these burning issues, which shall influence the near future of the world. From a geographical perspective, this collection focuses mainly on Central and Eastern Europe and also Southern Africa. Significantly it also proposes novel theoretical approaches to the phenomena of nationalism and ethnicity.
Contents: Brian Porter-Szűcs: Beyond the Study of Nationalism – Veronika Bajt/Damjan Mandelc: What Can Social Sciences Learn from Sociobiology? Towards New Approaches: An Interview with Professor Pierre van den Berghe – Cezary Obracht-Prondzyński: The Kashubs: Language, Identity Problems and the Kashubian Movement – Eric Beckett Weaver: Say it Softly: Hungarians Abroad and the Failures of the Centre-Right in Hungarian Elections – Elena Marushiakova/Vesselin Popov: Gypsy Slavery in Wallachia and Moldavia – Calin Cotoi: Reactionary Modernism in Interwar Romania: Anton Golopenţia and the Geopolitization of Sociology – Maria Todorova: Language, Ethnicity and Nationalism: The Bulgarian Case – Per Anders Rudling: The Great Patriotic War and National Identity in Belarus – Sergei I. Zhuk: Building the Ukrainian Identity through Cultural Consumption in the ‘Closed’ City of Soviet Ukraine: Dnipropetrovs’k KGB Files and ‘Transgressions’ of Everyday Life during Late Socialism, 1959-1985 – Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni: Historical and Contemporary Dimensions of Ndebele Nationalism in Zimbabwe – Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni: From Pixley Ka Isaka Seme to Jacob Zuma: The Long Walk to Freedom and the Future of the National Democratic Revolution in South Africa.