This volume gives an overview of the regional, ethnic and political structure of the Soviet empire from its establishment through its ultimate disintegration. It provides a corrective to the Russocentrism and Great Power bias that has marked most studies of the Soviet Union.

part |2 pages

Part 1. Regions

chapter 1|8 pages

The Russian Core

chapter 2|7 pages

Ukraine and Belarus

chapter 3|6 pages

The Baltic West

chapter 4|8 pages

Muslim Central Asia

chapter 5|8 pages

The Divided Caucasus

chapter 6|4 pages


chapter 7|5 pages

The Volga Basin

chapter 8|4 pages


part |2 pages

Part 2. Minorities

chapter 1|7 pages

The "Punished Peoples"

chapter 2|7 pages

The Jews

chapter 3|5 pages

The Germans

chapter 4|4 pages

Minorities Within the Republics

chapter 5|5 pages

Russians in Central Asia and Kazakhstan

chapter 6|4 pages

Russians in the Baltic States

chapter 7|4 pages

Russians in Ukraine and Belarus

chapter 8|8 pages

Inter-Republican Migration

part |2 pages

Part 3. Issues

chapter 1|3 pages

The Legacy of Soviet Federalism

chapter 2|17 pages

Border Disputes

chapter 3|3 pages

Language Policies

chapter 4|4 pages

Reinterpreting History

chapter 5|4 pages

The Semiotics of Nationality Policies

chapter 6|5 pages

Religion and Nationalism

chapter 7|3 pages

Ethnic Cadres Policy

chapter 8|7 pages

The Economics of Separatism

part |2 pages

Part 4. Policies

chapter 2|5 pages

Lenin's Nationality Policy

chapter 3|4 pages

Soviet Nationality Policy in the 1920s

chapter 4|4 pages

Stalin's Nationality Policy in the 1930s

chapter 5|3 pages

Moscow and Nationalities in the 1940s

chapter 6|3 pages

Khrushchev's Nationality Policies

chapter 7|3 pages

Brezhnev's Peace and Prosperity

chapter 8|6 pages

The Rupture of the Modus Vivendi

chapter 9|5 pages

Yeltsin and the Nationalities