In December 1991, the Soviet Union passed into history as a legal entity, breaking apart into 15 successor states. This clear and convincing book explains why. It emphasizes the critical role of Soviet ethno-federalism, as well as the normative claims and legitimizing myths of Soviet nationality policy. Institutional constraints and legitimizing myths, Walker argues, empowered the anti-union opposition even in republics where it had limited popular support. He also shows how they helped bring about an outcome_the full dissolution of the USSR_that surprisingly few desired.
Edward W. Walker is executive director, Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and adjunct associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Sovereignty, Federalism, and Soviet Nationality Policy Chapter 3 Perestroika and the Parade of Sovereignties Chapter 4 Sovereignty for the Autonomies Chapter 5 Multiple Sovereignty and the New Union Treaty Chapter 6 Sovereignty as Independence Chapter 7 Conclusion Part 8 Suggested Additional Readings