Ethnicity in the USSR and the Successor States: New Tragedies in the Making?
Presentation begins with Stalin's assignments as Commissar of Nationalities, considers ethnic identities and cultures of the states of the USSR, and concludes with current ethnic issues in the new republics. Why do EU and the US celebrate diversity and pluralism while ethnicity is a weapon leading to destruction and ethnic cleansing? What consequences based on ethnicity threaten people in those former Soviet states? What are US policies? What is their rationale?
Keywords: USSR, Ethnic History, Republics of former USSR, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Caucasus, Georgia
Professor of History, History Department, Luther College