The ISCIP Analyst
Behind the Breaking News
State and Nation in Multi-ethnic SocietiesUri Ra'anan, Maria Mesner, Keith Armes and Kate Martin, eds.
Manchester University Press, 1991
Ethnic and national sentiments and aspirations have replaced ideology as the chief force in international politics and this phenomenon is likely to characterize the next century. This pioneering work provides an examination of the origins of ethnic conflict and suggests a conceptual framework for addressing the problem. It reassesses overlooked approaches to ethnic conflict resolution which apply directly to states threatened with disintegration, such as the USSR and Yugoslavia.
The contributors include such distinguished scholars and practitioners as Elie Kedourie, George Urban, Theodor Hanf, Uri Ra'anan, Gerald Stourzh and Robert Hefner. They reevaluate the pioneering approaches of Karl Renner and Otto Bauer to the resolution of the 'nationalities problem' in the multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire. These concepts are tested as possible responses to contemporary disintegrative phenomena which beset states not only in Eastern Europe, but also in Asia, Southern Africa, and Western countries such as Canada, Spain and the UK. By applying these ideas to current arenas of ethnic strife, the authors develop new structures for consideration by policy-makers.
State and Nation in Multi-Ethnic Societies should be required reading
not only for students and scholars of international relations, but also
decision-makers in the executive and legislative branches of government,
journalists and general readers wishing to understand a salient feature
of the international scene. It is an indispensable guide to evaluating the
resurgence of national self-assertion, a factor affecting every aspect of
international security and diplomacy.
Table of Contents
Part One: Concepts
Part Two: History
Part Three: Contemporary applications