In the past twenty years, the countries that used to make up the former Soviet Union have seen plenty of change. There have been revolutions, youth-led protest movements, and other forms of incredible political upheaval. At the center of all of this were young leaders fighting to be heard and clamoring for change. In Nadia Diuk's meticulously researched and insightful book. The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan, she shows how those young leaders have risen up and become a part of the new political system. Using unique public opinion polling data and personal interviews, she explores how the new generation of leaders is shaping the political system and how the young people of today continue to exhort pressure for reform. This book is important to anyone interested in Eastern European studies, political transitions, protest movements, or youth and politics.
Nadia M. Diuk is the Vice President of programs in Africa, Europe, and Eurasia, Latin American, and Caribbean for the National Endowment for Democracy. She is the author of Hidden Nations and New Nations Rising.
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Youth-the Next Generation The First Free Generation Struggles for Power Portrait of a Generation News, Leisure, and Lifestyle Chapter 2: The History of Youth "Toward a Shining Future" Youth in a Time of Transition Glasnost, Perestroika, and the Komsomol Youth and the Oligarchs Youth on the Threshold Leaders and Lidery Education and National Identity Chapter 3: Ukraine; Land of Paradoxes Youth as an Agent of Change? Land of Paradoxes The Revolution on Granite Reconsolidation of the Elite State Sponsored Youth Gongadze: Prologue to the Orange Revolution Struggle for the Youth Vote Civil Society Grows Youth in the Orange Revolution and After Seeking an Identity Chapter 4: Azerbaijan: From Mugham to Facebook Identity and the Next Generation War in Karabagh Fathers and Sons The Pull of Patriarchalism Politics, Culture, and Civil Society The Orange Effect Identity and Internet Chapter 5: Russia: Redefining the Nation Russia Redux The Elusive Middle Class Leadership and Generational Change Youth on the Move: the 1990s Youth and Politics Orange Surprise Our Youth-Nashi Depoliticized Nation Chapter 6: Three Countries in Comparative Perspective National Identity and Language Relations with Other Countries and Foreign Travel Youth and the International Dimension Toward a Political Identity Equality vs. Freedom Values and Beliefs What Kind of Politics? Chapter 7: Looking to the Future Conflict, Collaboration or Co-optation? Next Generation Rising Appendix: 2003 and 2010 Youth Surveys Conducted in Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine
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