Identity construction in Latvia's "singing revolution": Why inter-ethnic conflict failed to occur

  title={Identity construction in Latvia's "singing revolution": Why inter-ethnic conflict failed to occur},
  author={John Ginkel},
  journal={Nationalities Papers},
  pages={403 - 433}
  • John Ginkel
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Nationalities Papers
Introduction Among the nationalist revolutions that spread across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Latvia seceded from the Soviet Union through a relatively benign process marked by the virtual absence of violent conflict. Several issues were conflated in this movement. Latvia's independence was about democracy, historical redress, and national autonomy. Yet, each of these areas included an ethnic component. Would a Latvian democracy make room for Russians? Would Latvians seek… 
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