Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States

Interests, Influence and Identities in Estonia and Latvia

Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States
Interests, Influence and Identities in Estonia and Latvia

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About the book


Despite socialism's best efforts, ethnic identity remained a salient feature in Central and Eastern Europe. Not only did ethno-nationalism help to bring about the fall of the socialist regimes in this region, but it also characterised much of the post-socialist politics. Nation-Building and Minority Politics examines the issue of minority politics in post-socialist states within this dual structure. In particular, it offers an in-depth analysis of post-restoration politics in Estonia and Latvia, covering four issues. First, it looks at the historical context of the current group relations. Second, the study explores the domestic nature of minority politics in Estonia and Latvia by looking at domestic politics and policies. Third, it examines the role of the Russian Federation as an 'external national homeland' through illustrating developments within Russian foreign policy. Finally, the book analyses the role of three significant European organisations, namely the OSCE, EU and the Council of Europe as agents of 'conditionality'. Overall, this study combines old and new theoretical approaches to nation-building and minority politics to exhibit the changing nature of the relationship between majority, minority, external national homeland, and international organisations in today's Europe.
The author

About the author

David J. Galbreath, PhD (Leeds '04), is Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. In 2002-2003, he was a J. William Fulbright Research Fellow to Latvia. Galbreath’s publications include papers in Perspectives on East European Politics and Society as well as Politics. He is co-author of Democratization: A Critical Introduction (Basingstoke: Palgrave 2006) with Jean Grugel.

The foreword author:

David J. Smith is editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies, and co-convenor of the Baltic Research Unit as well as Lecturer in Central and East European studies at the University of Glasgow.


“Overall, this book is well written, making it an excellent reading for IR, political science or minority studies scholars, for practitioners, and policymakers dealing with minority issues.” (CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 4, issue 4, September 2009)
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author David J Galbreath, David J Smith
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 336
Language English
Publication date May 3, 2005
Weight (kg) 0.4610
ISBN-13 9783898214674