The Emergence of Nationalism Under Gorbachev

Wechsler, Allegra

"Why did nationalism emerge in the Soviet Union under Gorbachev? At first glance the answer seems deceptively simple: nationalism emerged because of policies like Glasnost and perestroika. The republics had always had a nationalist sentiment, but the Soviets had repressed this feeling, and once restrictions on free speech abated, nationalism simply burst forth. This hypothesis, sometimes called the "sleeping beauty" theory, is not satisfactory, however, because it does not explain why some areas were more nationalistic than others. Most importantly, though, the theory paints too simple a picture of the event and does not address other factors that played a key role."--from page 33

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February 12, 2014