Historical Dictionary of Belarus

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September 2007



The political map of Eastern Europe changed dramatically in December 1991 when the leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine huddled together in a Bielavieza Forest retreat and decided to dissolve the 15 union republics, which composed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). One of those republics was the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR). A United Nations member since 1945, Belarus has a rich cultural heritage that is seen as a promising base for the development of a solid national identity and for real independence. It is this cultural heritage and sense of history that nourish the ongoing efforts of the nationalist minority, as well as the larger democratic opposition, to resist the regime of President Alaksandr Luka_enka who is bent on restoring ties to Russia. Thus Belarus, with its burdens of the past and potential for the future, finds itself in a struggle that will affect not only its own destiny, but also the international structure of Eastern Europe.


Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Reader's Note Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appenidx: Rulers of Belarus, 860-1997 Part 10 Bibliography Part 11 About the Author


Vitali Silitski is a visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He writes extensively on the politics, economy, and society of Belarus; democratic transitions and authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; and Belarus-Russia and the Belarus-EU relations. Jan Zaprudnik has taught the history of Russia and the Soviet Union at Queens College of the City University of New York and history and politics of Belarus at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University. He is the author of the previous edition of the Historical Dictionary of Belarus.


The combined efforts of Vitali Silitski and Jan Zaprudnik proved highly valuable. The updated information contributes both to the volume's breadth and cogency. This work will prove beneficial to a broad readership interested in matters of Russia and Eastern Europe, since an understanding of the two historical forces and their complex relations relies heavily on an understanding of Belarus. -- Tony Brown, Brigham Young University Slavic and East European Journal Recommended unreservedly. Reference Reviews, November 2008
EAN: 9780810858121
ISBN: 0810858126
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2007
Seitenanzahl: 394 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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