Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited

Smith, D. and Hiden, J. (2012) Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State: National Cultural Autonomy Revisited. Series: Routledge innovations in political theory, 44. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780415696906

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This book explores a largely forgotten legacy of multicultural political thought and practice from within Eastern Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold War debates on state and nationhood. Featuring a Preface by former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves theory and practice to challenge established understandings of the nation state. Eastern Europe is still too often viewed through the prism of ethnic conflict, which overlooks the region’s positive contribution to modern debates on the political management of ethno-cultural diversity, and towards the construction of a united Europe ‘beyond the nation-state’. Based on extensive archival research in Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Russia, as well as the League of Nations Archive in Geneva, this book explores this neglected multicultural legacy and assesses its significance in the post-Cold War era, which has seen the reappearance of national cultural autonomy laws in several states of Eastern Europe.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hiden, Prof John and Smith, Professor David
Authors: Smith, D., and Hiden, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
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