The complex interrelationship between Russia and Ukraine is arguably the most important single factor in determining the future politics of the Eurasian region. In this book Andrew Wilson examines the phenomenon of Ukrainian nationalism and its influence on the politics of independent Ukraine, arguing that historical, ethnic and linguistic factors limit the appeal of narrow ethno-nationalism, even to many ethnic Ukrainians. Nevertheless, ethno-nationalism has a strong emotive appeal to a minority, who may therefore undermine Ukraine's attempts to construct an open civic state. Ukraine is therefore a fascinating test case for alternative nation-building strategies in countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
• The first in-depth analytical survey of the politics of modern Ukraine, the most important country in the former USSR after Russia • Uses a wide range of primary resources, archive research, and interviews with leading figures • Puts Ukrainian nationalism in historical context, and relates it to debates over nationalism and ethnic problems in other countries
1. Ukraine: historical roots of diversity; 2. Ukrainian nationalism in the modern era; 3. Channels of nationalist discourse: political parties, civil society; 4. National communism; 5. A minority faith: the limits to nationalist support; 6. The nationalist agenda: domestic politics, Ukrainianisation and the state; 7. The nationalist agenda: external affairs - untying the Russian knot; 8. Conclusions: Nationalism and national consolidation.
'This study on Ukrainian nationalism fills an important research gap and covers an enormous amount of original historical and political material. … All in all, this is a book that will soon be a standard item in the field of Ukrainian studies. In many ways it can even be used as a kind of encyclopaedia.' Gwendolyn Sasse, London School of Economics