Political Science | Comparative Politics
Y657 | 28282 | Fierman

Topic:  Soviet/Post-Soviet Nationality Policies & Problems

This class meets with CEUS U519

This course examines nationality problems in the former USSR. The
focus is on the last decades of Soviet rule, especially the
Gorbachev era. The course begins with consideration of some
theoretical concerns related to nations and nationalism. This is
followed by a three-week historical review of Soviet nationality
policy and a two-week examination of the processes of “nation
building” in individual Union republics. The last five weeks of the
course are devoted to thematic discussions of economy and the
environment, history and culture, religion, language, and demography.
Students in this course write weekly “response papers” on assigned
readings as well as a longer final paper.