By James Stuart Olson
In 1991, the centrifugal forces of ethnic nationalism destroyed the Soviet Union. non secular and ethnic matters may be the defining rules of political existence in East Europe, Transcaucasia, and principal Asia for the following decade. but while so much american citizens and Europeans learn, for example, of the Ossetians and Ingush, they've got no concept who those peoples are or why they're battling. This quantity will supply a prepared reference for college kids, researchers, and librarians who're attempting to deal with the political and social struggles in that a part of the area. concentrating on ethnolinguistic teams instead of peoples with in basic terms spiritual orientations, Olson offers entries on over 450 ethnic teams, with applicable cross-references. each one access concludes with references, and the amount incorporates a chosen bibliography of English-language titles. the quantity additionally contains a chronology, a number of appendixes supplying statistical info, and an appendix essay on Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union.
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