A Munich-based writer on Soviet affairs explores current ethnic unrest in Russia, which may decide the fate of Gorbachev's reform government. Numerous non-Russian nationalities make up close to half the Soviet population, and this is the first book to look at the histories of these nationalities and their crusade for the restoration of national rights.
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In Perestroika ( LJ 2/15/88), Mikhail Gorbachev stressed that "nationalist narrowmindedness and chauvinism" in the multinational Soviet Union has to be "countered by consistent internationalism." According to authors Nahaylo, a writer on Soviet affairs, and Swoboda, a research fellow at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at the University of London, this smacks of Russianization disguised as Sovietization. They urge the Soviet Union to rise above the imperial mindset, democratize, and mold a new national contract. They also outline the history of nationalities policies from Lenin to the present in excruciating detail, and they argue that use of force will not solve the problem, although they offer no alternatives. While this subject is particularly important given the recent uprisings of Soviet bloc countries, this is a scholarly book meant principally for specialists.
- John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
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