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Author Scott, R. Erik, 1978- author
Title Familiar strangers : the Georgian diaspora and the evolution of Soviet empire / Erik R. Scott
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
©2016
book jacket
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 Modern History Library  305.89996 S425    AVAILABLE    30550100631041
 人文社會聯圖  DK676.9.S65 S36 2016    AVAILABLE    30650020094666
Descript xiii, 333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-325) and index
An empire of diasporas -- Between the Caucasus and the Kremlin -- Edible ethnicity -- Dances of difference -- Strangeness for sale -- Beyond the ethnic repertoire
"While past scholars have portrayed the Soviet Union as a Russian-led empire composed of separate national republics, Erik R. Scott draws on untapped archival documents in multiple languages to make the case that it was actually an empire of diasporas, forged through the mixing of a diverse array of nationalities. Concealed behind external Soviet borders, internal diasporas from the Soviet republics migrated throughout the socialist empire, leaving their mark on its politics, culture, and economics. Among the Soviet Union's internal diasporas, the Georgians were arguably the most prominent group. The roles they played in the Soviet empire's evolution illuminate the opportunities as well as the limitations of the Bolshevik Revolution for ethnic minorities. Georgian revolutionaries accompanied Stalin in his rise to power and helped build the socialist state; Georgian cultural entrepreneurs perfected a flamboyant repertoire that spoke for a multiethnic society on stage and screen; Georgian traders thrived in the Soviet Union's burgeoning informal economy; and Georgian intellectuals explored the furthest limits of allowable expression, ultimately calling into question the legitimacy of Soviet power. Looking at the rise and fall of the Soviet Union from a Georgian perspective, this book offers a new way of thinking about the experience of minorities in multiethnic states, with implications far beyond the imperial borders of Russia and Eurasia"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Georgia (Republic) -- Relations -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Relations -- Georgia (Republic)
Georgians (South Caucasians) -- Migrations -- History
Migration, Internal -- Soviet Union -- History
Cultural pluralism -- Soviet Union -- History
Soviet Union -- Ethnic relations
Soviet Union -- Territorial expansion
Soviet Union -- Economic conditions
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