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The Conflicting Path of Ethnic Diversity: Protesting Minorities in Europe

The Conflicting Path of Ethnic Diversity: Protesting Minorities in Europe Victor Cebotari * Th e Confl icting Path of Ethnic Diversity: Protesting Minorities in Europe I. Introduction Perhaps the most prominent issues of interest in social studies of the recent decades have been ethnicity and ethnic confl ict. Generally, ethnic confl ict poses a substantial risk to national stability worldwide, and Europe is not immune to this threat. With the relatively recent end of the cold war era, there was a domino eff ect of regime transi- tions of many if not all of the former European communist countries. Following this ideological change, many scholars have predicted that democratization, confl ict and ethnicity will become an important focus of international politics. Various scenarios evolved of how ethnic confl ict will be shaped: from “the clash of civilizations” to the “continuing unending nature of confl icts.” In such context, ethnopolitical protest is commonly believed to peacefully accom- modate the challenging demands of ethnic diversity. Th e collapse of communism and the formation of the new democratic regimes in Europe opened a wide range of oppor- tunities for ethnopolitical movements to manifest. According to Tedd Gurr, the peak in ethnic mobilization was achieved at the beginning of the s, after which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Conflicting Path of Ethnic Diversity: Protesting Minorities in Europe

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001633
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Abstract

Victor Cebotari * Th e Confl icting Path of Ethnic Diversity: Protesting Minorities in Europe I. Introduction Perhaps the most prominent issues of interest in social studies of the recent decades have been ethnicity and ethnic confl ict. Generally, ethnic confl ict poses a substantial risk to national stability worldwide, and Europe is not immune to this threat. With the relatively recent end of the cold war era, there was a domino eff ect of regime transi- tions of many if not all of the former European communist countries. Following this ideological change, many scholars have predicted that democratization, confl ict and ethnicity will become an important focus of international politics. Various scenarios evolved of how ethnic confl ict will be shaped: from “the clash of civilizations” to the “continuing unending nature of confl icts.” In such context, ethnopolitical protest is commonly believed to peacefully accom- modate the challenging demands of ethnic diversity. Th e collapse of communism and the formation of the new democratic regimes in Europe opened a wide range of oppor- tunities for ethnopolitical movements to manifest. According to Tedd Gurr, the peak in ethnic mobilization was achieved at the beginning of the s, after which

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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