Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud (eds.), The New Russian Nationalism. Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–15 (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2016) isbn : 978-1-4744-1044-1 (epub) Federica Prina, National Minorities in Putin’s Russia. Diversity and Assimilation (Routledge, Abington, New York, 2016) isbn : 978-1-138-78082-8 (hardcover) For those whose primary concern is minority issues, Federica Prina’s careful and detailed study of national minorities will be of most immediate interest. However, The New Russian Nationalism edited by Pål Kolstø and Helge Blak - kisrud illuminates the wider context in which, since the ending of the Soviet Union, larger and smaller ‘ethnic’ groups in the new Russian Federation have struggled to maintain their identity, or to find a ‘civic’ identity. Hence it makes sense to begin with a very brief background sketch for those who are not R - us sia specialists, discuss Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud’s edited volume, and only then insert Prina’s contribution into the picture. Very briefly, the ussr was structured as a federal state of 15 republics (of which the largest, the Russian republic, stretching from the Baltic to Vladiv - o stok, was itself a ‘federation’ of larger and smaller ‘republics’ and ‘regions’). Russia’s imperial past, followed by
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