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Constructing GrievanceEthnic Nationalism in Russia's Republics$
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Elise Giuliano

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801447457

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801447457.001.0001

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Variation in Mass Nationalism across Russia’s Republics

Variation in Mass Nationalism across Russia’s Republics

(p.29) 2 Variation in Mass Nationalism across Russia’s Republics
Constructing Grievance

Giuliano Elise

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the emergence of opposition nationalist movements in Russia's republics. It first compares the level of mass support for nationalism in each of Russia's sixteen republics, with particular emphasis on mass demonstrations and ethnic violence. It then considers mass attitudes regarding republican declarations of sovereignty and the right of the republics to secede from Russia. It also discusses the explanations of nationalist mobilization in the post-Soviet politics literature on secessionism in terms of both their logic and their empirical predictions. These arguments are analyzed against evidence from Russia to determine whether they offer sufficient explanations for the emergence of nationalist mobilization or its variance across the republics.

Keywords:   nationalist movements, Russia, nationalism, mass demonstrations, ethnic violence, sovereignty, nationalist mobilization, secessionism

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