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Belarus: The Last Dictatorship in Europe


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This book is the first in English to explore both Belarusand#8217;s complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nationand#8217;s first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenkaand#8217;s surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged election in December 2010.

Wilson looks at Belarusian history as a series of false starts in the medieval and pre-modern periods, and at the many rival versions of Belarusian identity, culminating with the Soviet Belarusian project and the establishment of Belarusand#8217;s current borders during World War II. He also addresses Belarusand#8217;s on-off relationship with Russia, its simultaneous attempts to play a game of balance in the no-manand#8217;s-land between Russia and the West, and how, paradoxically, Belarus is at last becoming a true nation under the rule of Europeand#8217;s and#8220;last dictator.and#8221;

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Andrew Wilson is reader in Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is the author of The Ukrainians, Virtual Politics, and Ukraineand#8217;s Orange Revolution, all published by Yale University Press.

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Wilson, Andrew
Yale University Press
Judah, Tim
General History
Middle East
Europe - Eastern
World History-Eastern Europe
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16 b/w illus.
156 x 234 mm

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