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DetailsThis study provides an overview of current nation building processes in contested states. With a specific focus on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, and Kosovo, original data is presented, collected in English in a single work for the first time. Viktoria Potapkina presents an analysis and comparison of contested states from an internal perspective, looking at the processes that help legitimize such entities from within and creating support for their ongoing existence. The work strives to fill a gap in the literature on contested states, as well as to contribute to the overall understanding of nation and state building, state formation, and sovereignty. It provides a new way of looking at the puzzle that contested states are, offering insight into why they still exist in their current forms.
About the authorViktoria Potapkina is a researcher in the field of international relations and conflict studies. After completing her master’s degree at Charles University in Prague, she went on to focus on contested states and issues of nation building. She holds a PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She is originally from Donetsk, Ukraine, and is currently based in Prague working on large-scale multi-country data collection in the areas of public and social policy.
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Stimmen zum Buch"Contested states have been an object of interest in International Relations and Conflict studies. Viktoria Potapkina opens a new perspective for research; she turns our eyes towards the ongoing nation building processes inside such states. Highlighting three carefully chosen cases, she provides immensely rich data which has never been analyzed before. Henceforth, researchers may no longer ignore this side of the—by definition—contested strive for legitimacy taking place in these territories."—Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Nagel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona