Russia, the Former Soviet Republics, and Europe Since 1989: Transformation and Tragedy

ISBN : 9780190055097

Katherine Graney
448 ページ
156 x 156 mm

Nearly three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, early hopes for the integration of the post-Soviet states into a "Europe whole and free" seem to have been decisively dashed. Europe itself is in the midst of a multifaceted crisis that threatens the considerable gains of the post-war liberal European experiment. In Russia, the Former Soviet Republics, and Europe Since 1989, Katherine Graney provides a panoramic and historically-rooted overview of the process of "Europeanization" in Russia and all fourteen of the former Soviet republics since 1989. Graney argues that deeply rooted ideas about Europe's cultural-civilizational primacy and concerns about both ideological and institutional alignment with Europe continue to influence both internal politics in contemporary Europe and the processes of Europeanization in the post-Soviet world. By comparing the effect of the phenomenon across Russia and the ex-republics, Graney provides a theoretically grounded and empirically rich window into how we should study politics in the former USSR.


List of Abbreviations Used in Text
List of News Sources Cited in Text
List of Maps and Figures in Text
Part One: Theories and Histories: Europeanization and the Post-Communist World Since 1989
Chapter One: From Europhilia to Europhobia? Trajectories and Theories of Europeanization in the Post-Communist World Since 1989
Chapter Two: Europe as a Cultural-Civilizational Construct
Chapter Three: Political Europeanization Since 1989
Chapter Four: Security Europeanization Since 1989
Chapter Five: Cultural-Civilizational Europeanization Since 1989
Part Two: Case Studies
Chapter Six: Russia: Eternal and Incomplete Europeanization
Chapter Seven: The Baltic States: Successful Return to Europe
Chapter Eight: Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova: Almost European?
Chapter Nine: The Caucasus States: The Endpoint of Europe or Europe's New Eastern Boundary?
Chapter Ten: The Central Asian States
Chapter Eleven: Conclusion: The Continuing Influence of the Eurocentric-Orientalist Cultural Gradient on European, Russian and Post-Soviet Politics


Katherine Graney is Professor of Political Science at Skidmore College, where she has also held the Joseph C. Palamountain Chair in Political Science and directed the Gender Studies Program. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. She has published widely on ethnic politics, gender and other aspects of contemporary politics in Russia.