Why has social peace been preserved in some new, nationalizing countries in Eastern Europe and broken down in others? While civil peace has reigned in Estonia, Moldova experienced a bloody civil war in 1992, claiming more than a thousand casualties. These two states in question share a number of common characteristics, but there is one important difference. Employing both "on the ground" empirical studies and a strong theoretical framework, National Integration and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Societies contributes to a better understanding of national integration process in Estonia and Moldova and of national integration and communal violence in general.
Pal Kolsto is professor of Russian and East European area studies, University of Oslo.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Integration, Alienation, and Conflict in Estonia and Moldova at the Societal Level: A Comparison Chapter 3 The Cultural and Social Makeup of Estonia Chapter 4 Estonia: Nation-Building and Integration-Political and Legal Aspects Chapter 5 The Cultural and Social Makeup of Moldova: A Bipolar or Dispersed Society? Chapter 6 Social Multipolarity and Political Violence Chapter 7 Russia and the OSCE: The Influence of Interested Third and Disinterested Fourth Parties on the Conflicts in Estonia and Moldova Chapter 8 Conclusion