Nationalism and the Collapse of Soviet Communism

  title={Nationalism and the Collapse of Soviet Communism},
  author={Mark R. Beissinger},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  pages={331 - 347}
  • M. Beissinger
  • Published 1 August 2009
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary European History
Abstract This article examines the role of nationalism in the collapse of communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s, arguing that nationalism (both in its presence and its absence, and in the various conflicts and disorders that it unleashed) played an important role in structuring the way in which communism collapsed. Two institutions of international and cultural control in particular – the Warsaw Pact and ethnofederalism – played key roles in determining which communist regimes failed and… 

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