Racial Politics without the Concept of Race: Reevaluating Soviet Ethnic and National Purges

  title={Racial Politics without the Concept of Race: Reevaluating Soviet Ethnic and National Purges},
  author={Eric Weitz},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={1 - 29}
  • E. Weitz
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Slavic Review
Eric D. Weitz argues that the Soviet Union promoted the development of national institutions and consciousness and explicidy rejected the ideology of race. Yet traces of racial politics crept into Soviet nationalities policies, especially between 1937 and 1953. In the Stalin period particular populations were endowed with immutable traits that every member of the group possessed and that were passed from one generation to the next. Recent scholarship, he suggests, has been resistant to drawing… 
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