Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Slavistik 2021.9

Pol­i­tics and the Slav­ic lan­guages
BuchcoverDur­ing the last two cen­turies, eth­no­lin­guis­tic nation­al­ism has been the norm of nation build­ing and state build­ing in Cen­tral Europe. The num­ber of rec­og­nized Slav­ic lan­guages (in line with the nor­ma­tive polit­i­cal for­mu­la of lan­guage = nation = state) grad­u­al­ly tal­lied with the num­ber of the Slav­ic nation-states, espe­cial­ly after the breakups of Czecho­slo­va­kia, the Sovi­et Union and Yugoslavia. But in the cur­rent age of bor­der­less cyber­space, region­al and minor­i­ty Slav­ic lan­guages are freely stan­dard­ized and used, even when state author­i­ties dis­ap­prove. As a result, since the turn of the 19th cen­tu­ry, the num­ber of Slav­ic lan­guages has var­ied wide­ly, from a sin­gle Slav­ic lan­guage to as many as 40.
Through the sto­ry of Slav­ic lan­guages, this time­ly book illus­trates that deci­sions on what counts as a lan­guage are nei­ther per­ma­nent nor sta­ble, argu­ing that the pol­i­tics of lan­guage is the pol­i­tics in Cen­tral Europe. The mono­graph will prove to be an essen­tial resource for schol­ars of lin­guis­tics and pol­i­tics in Cen­tral Europe.
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Rus­sia: a his­tor­i­cal intro­duc­tion from Kievan Rus‘ to the present
BuchcoverThis lucid account of Russ­ian and Sovi­et his­to­ry presents major trends and events from Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin’s pres­i­den­cy in the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry.
Direct­ly address­ing con­tro­ver­sial top­ics, this book looks at issues such as the impact of the Mon­gol con­quest, the para­dox­es of Peter the Great, the “inevitabil­i­ty” of the 1917 Rev­o­lu­tion, the Stal­in­ist ter­ror, and the Gor­bachev reform effort. This new ninth edi­tion has been updat­ed to include a dis­cus­sion of Russ­ian par­tic­i­pa­tion in the War in Don­bas, east­ern Ukraine, Russia’s role in the Syr­i­an civ­il war, the rise of oppo­si­tion fig­ure Alex­ei Naval­ny, Vladimir Putin’s con­fir­ma­tion as “pres­i­dent for life,” recent Russ­ian rela­tions with the Unit­ed States, the North Atlantic Treaty Orga­ni­za­tion (NATO), and the Euro­pean Union as well as con­tem­po­rary social and cul­tur­al trends. Dis­tin­guished by its brevi­ty and sup­ple­ment­ed with sub­stan­tial­ly updat­ed sug­gest­ed read­ings that fea­ture new schol­ar­ship on Rus­sia and a thor­ough­ly updat­ed index, this essen­tial text pro­vides bal­anced cov­er­age of all peri­ods of Russ­ian his­to­ry and incor­po­rates eco­nom­ic, social, and cul­tur­al devel­op­ments as well as pol­i­tics and for­eign pol­i­cy.
Suit­able for under­grad­u­ates as well as the gen­er­al read­er with an inter­est in Rus­sia, this text is a con­cise, sin­gle vol­ume on one of the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant lands.
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