Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe

Paperback | January 28, 2010

byCharles King

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Why do some violent conflicts endure across the centuries, while others become dimly remembered ancient struggles among forgotten peoples? Is nationalism really the powerful force that it appeared to be in the 1990s? This wide-ranging work examines the conceptual intersection of nationalistideology, social violence, and the political transformation of Europe and Eurasia over the last two decades. The end of communism seemed to usher in a period of radical change - an era of "extreme politics" that pitted nations, ethnic groups, and violent entrepreneurs against one another, from thewars in the Balkans and Caucasus to the apparent upsurge in nationalist mobilization throughout the region. But the last twenty years have also illustrated the incredible diversity of political life after the end of one-party rule. Extreme Politics engages with themes from the micropolitics of social violence, to the history of nationalism studies, to the nature of demographic change in Eurasia. Publishedtwenty years since the collapse of communism, Extreme Politics charts the end of "Eastern Europe" as a place and chronicles the ongoing revolution in the scholarly study of the post-communist world.

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Why do some violent conflicts endure across the centuries, while others become dimly remembered ancient struggles among forgotten peoples? Is nationalism really the powerful force that it appeared to be in the 1990s? This wide-ranging work examines the conceptual intersection of nationalistideology, social violence, and the political t...

Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. A native of the Ozark hill country, he was educated at the University of Arkansas and Oxford University. He is the author of The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus and The Black Sea: A H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.71 inPublished:January 28, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations1. IntroductionPart I: Theory and Comparison2. The National Origins of Nationalism Studies3. Loser Nationalisms: How Certain Ideas of the Nation Succeed or Fail4. The Micropolitics of Social ViolencePart II: Eastern Europe and Eurasia5. Post-Postcommunism: Is There Still an "Eastern Europe"?6. The Benefits of Ethnic War7. Diasporas and International Politics8. Migration, Institutions, and Ethnicity9. Conclusion: History and the Science of PoliticsNotesBibliographyIndex