Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State
National Cultural Autonomy Revisited
Routledge – 2012 – 166 pages
This book explores a largely forgotten legacy of multicultural political thought and practice from within Eastern Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold War debates on state and nationhood. Featuring a Preface by former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves theory and practice to challenge established understandings of the nation state.
Eastern Europe is still too often viewed through the prism of ethnic conflict, which overlooks the region’s positive contribution to modern debates on the political management of ethno-cultural diversity, and towards the construction of a united Europe ‘beyond the nation-state’. Based on extensive archival research in Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Russia, as well as the League of Nations Archive in Geneva, this book explores this neglected multicultural legacy and assesses its significance in the post-Cold War era, which has seen the reappearance of national cultural autonomy laws in several states of Eastern Europe.
Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State is invaluable reading for students and scholars of political science, history, sociology and European studies, and also for policy makers and others interested in minority rights and ethnic conflict regulation.
1. Introduction: Nation, State and Minority in Modern Europe 2. Voices in the Wilderness 3. The Baltic Arena 4. The Practice of Autonomy 5. Nationalities in Congress 6. The New Nationalist Wave 7. Cultural Autonomy: A New Chapter
David J Smith is Professor of History and Politics at the University of Glasgow, UK.
John Hiden is Emeritus Professor of European History, Bradford University, UK.