By James Stuart Olson
In 1991, the centrifugal forces of ethnic nationalism destroyed the Soviet Union. non secular and ethnic concerns may be the defining rules of political lifestyles in East Europe, Transcaucasia, and valuable Asia for the following decade. but whilst so much americans and Europeans learn, for example, of the Ossetians and Ingush, they've got no notion who those peoples are or why they're scuffling with. This quantity will supply a prepared reference for college students, researchers, and librarians who're attempting to tackle the political and social struggles in that a part of the area. targeting ethnolinguistic teams instead of peoples with simply non secular orientations, Olson offers entries on over 450 ethnic teams, with acceptable cross-references. every one access concludes with references, and the quantity contains a chosen bibliography of English-language titles. the amount additionally encompasses a chronology, a number of appendixes delivering statistical info, and an appendix essay on Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union.
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