In this fascinating study of unfinished nation-building in Belarus, Grigory Ioffe draws on his two dozen research trips to the country to trace Belarus's history, geography, political situation, society, and economy. The ambivalent relationship between Russia and Belarus results in an identity crisis that is not understood by the West, which leads to Western policies toward Belarus that are based on a fallacy of geopolitical thinking. This book will lead readers to a deeper understanding of Belarus, its relationship with Russia, and its still-forming national identity.
Grigory Ioffe is professor of geography at Radford University.
Chapter 1: Questions of Language Chapter 2: A Search for Identity Chapter 3: Culture Wars, Soul Searching, and Belarusian Identity Chapter 4: Belarusian Economy Chapter 5: Belarusian Political Landscape Chapter 6: Alexander Lukashenka and His Detractors Chapter 7: Opinion Polls and Presidential Elections in Belarus Conclusion