Rowman and Littlefield International

New Nation-States and National Minorities

Edited by Julien Danero Iglesias, Nenad Stojanovi, and Sharon Weinblum

This book's original theoretical framework and comparative approach offer a new understanding of the complex interactions between the formulation of a state identity and the aspirations of those who do not fit in the proclaimed core nation.

Hardback ISBN: 9781907301360 Release date: Mar 2013
£65.00 €90.00 $105.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781907301865 Release date: Mar 2014
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Pages: 294

The twentieth century saw the emergence of new states shaped on the classic nation-state model. How has this model been moulded and implemented? What have been the implications for minorities in these new nation-states? And how have minorities responded to nationalising processes? Following a discussion by Rogers Brubaker of his concept of nationalising state, contributions to this volume examine the dynamic relations between national minorities and nation-states established in the course of the last century, including Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Malaysia and Israel. This book's original theoretical framework and comparative approach offer a new understanding of the complex interactions between the formulation of a state identity and the aspirations of those who do not fit in the proclaimed core nation. In light of recent developments in ‒ notably ‒ Ukraine and Israel, this book is essential reading for all those interested in the rights and protection of national minorities and, more broadly, in the debates over the definition of the polity in a tense environment.


List of Figures and Tables

List of Abbreviations



Introduction: Recurrent Processes in Different Contexts

Julien Danero Iglesias, Nenad Stojanović, Sharon Weinblum 1

Chapter One: Nationalising States Revisited – Projects and Processes

of Nationalisation in Post-Soviet States

Rogers Brubaker 11

Chapter Two: Against the Nation – Moldovan Political Discourse

after the 2009 ‘Revolution’

Julien Danero Iglesias 39

Chapter Three: Inventing the Ukrainian Nation – Identity Building

Between Dichotomies

Doris Wydra 59

Chapter Four: Group Empowerment and Cross-Ethnic Dialogue –

Integration within the Polish National State

Magdalena Dembinska 79

Chapter Five: Majority as Minority – a Comparative Case of

Autochthonous Slavs in Lithuania and Hungarians in Slovakia

after the Second World War

Hanna Vasilevich 99

Chapter Six: Nationalising States and Nationalising Policies in

Southeast Asia – Malaysia and Indonesia

Karolina Prasad 123

Chapter Seven: Nationalising Discourse Versus Minorities’ Political

Demands – the Case of the Palestinian Minority of Israel

Sharon Weinblum 149

Chapter Eight: The legacy of the Nation-State Building Process –

Minority Politics in Greece and Turkey

Fulya Memisoglu 169

Chapter Nine: Whose Mobilisation? An Ontological Primer on the

Mobilisation of National Minorities

Christina Isabel Zuber 191

Chapter Ten: Ethnicity and Strategic Voting in the 1998 Ukrainian


Julian Bernauer 209

Chapter Eleven: On Fissions and Fusions of Ethnic Minority Parties

Edina Szöcsik and Daniel Bochsler 231

Conclusion: What’s in a Comparison? Some Remarks About the

Analysis of Recurrent Processes

Antoine Roger 255

Index 269

Julien Danero Iglesias (PhD in Political Science, Université libre de Bruxelles) is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He has interests in nationalism and minority studies, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. His current work focuses on nationalism in the Republic of Moldova and on Romanian minorities outside of the European Union. He recently published in Nationalities Papers, Mots and Revues d'Etudes comparatives Est-Ouest.

Nenad Stojanović (PhD in Political Science, Zurich) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Democracy Studies in Aarau (ZDA), Switzerland, and an Assistant Lecturer at the universities of Zurich, Lausanne and Geneva. He has research interests in comparative politics, political theory and Swiss politics, with a focus on prospects for democracy in multicultural societies. His current work is on challenges of direct democracy in multilingual societies. Recent publications have appeared in Representation, Politique et Sociétés, Transitions, Ratio Juris, and Nations and Nationalism.

Sharon Weinblum (PhD in Social and Political Sciences, Université libre de Bruxelles) is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on different aspects of Israeli democracy, including the tension between security and democracy, and the status of non-Jewish populations in the country. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in, among others, Politique et Sociétés, Perspectives on European Politics and Society and Constellations.

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