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Language and Identity in Ukraine: Was it Really Nation-Building?

  title={Language and Identity in Ukraine: Was it Really Nation-Building?},
  author={A. Polese},
  journal={Studies of Transition States and Societies},
  • A. Polese
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Studies of Transition States and Societies
After the collapse of three socialist federations in Eastern Europe, the expression ‘nation-building’ returned to the heart of academic debates. Like other former socialist republics, Ukraine has started its nationbuilding project trying to balance between a limitation of centrifugal forces and the ‘nationalisation’ (Brubaker 1994) of the state. This article examines the main features of language policies within the Ukrainian nation-building project and adopts a dual approach. It fi rst surveys… Expand

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