Vladimir Putin has explicitly based his nation-building initiatives on the assumption that there exists a vast pool of common values in Russia that cut across ethnic and regional divides. Nation-Building and Common Values in Russia explores whether Putin is correct in his assumption, and to what degree a "commonality of values" among the citizens of a country is a crucial element in the establishment of a common identity among them. The study raises two basic questions: Which values are actually common among various groups in Russia's population? And which nation-building strategies are the Russian authorities actually pursuing, centrally and locally? Sociological and political approaches to the study of nation-building and national cohesion in Russia are employed to answer these questions, and the findings contribute to a better understanding of nation-building processes in post-Communist Russia in general and of Putin's strategies in particular.
Pal Kolsto is professor of Russian and East European area studies, University of Oslo. Helge Blakkisrud is head of the Centre for Russian Studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Chapter 1 Nation-Building in Russia: A Value-Oriented Strategy Chapter 2 Value Consensus and Social Cohesion in Russia Chapter 3 The Peculiarities of Nation-Building in the Republic of Komi Chapter 4 Bashkortostan: Preconditions and Prospects of Civic Integration in a Multiethnic Region Chapter 5 The Republic of Dagestan: Nation-Building inside Russia's Womb Chapter 6 The Lonely Heart of the World: Nation-Building and Common Values in Novosibirsk Oblast Chapter 7 Nation-Building and Common Values in St. Petersburg Chapter 8 Moscow's Values: The Masses and the Elite Chapter 9 Russian Regionalism Redefined? Nation-Building, Values and Federal Discourse Chapter 10 Nation-Building and Values in Russian Textbooks Chapter 11 Orthodoxy and Islam in Post-Soviet Russia: Opposing Confessional Cultures or Unifying Force? Chapter 12 Epilogue: Values and State Ideology in Post-Communist Russia Part 13 Appendix: Technical Specifications and Sample Design