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Post-Cold War Identity Politics : Northern and Baltic Experiences - David J. Smith

Post-Cold War Identity Politics

Northern and Baltic Experiences

By: David J. Smith, Marko Lehti (Editor)

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Published: 1st July 2003
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During the past decade the northern part of Europe has again stared to assume an identiy of its own within the new post-Cold War configuration of international relations. New images like the Baltic Sear Area and the Northern Dimension have blurred the hitherto dominant geopolitical categories of East and West whilst also challenging the old narrow conception of Nordic identity. The construction of a 'new' Europe has proved to be a far more open and contested project than it was often assumed that it would be at the start of the 1990s. Alongside new regional projects that aim to transcend national and old geopolitical divisions, one can simultaneously detect practices designed to create new dividing lines. Post-Cold War Identity Politics maps the politics of identity and the emerging forms of co-operation/interaction in this part of the world. In this way, it assesses whether the expanded conception of 'Northern-ness' has the potential to become a new marker on the map of Eruope. Of particular importance is the question of whether regional co-operation might yet bridge the divide between Russian and an ascendant and expansive Euro-Atlantic space. In this respect, the European North can be seen as a kind of litmus test for the new Europe as a whole. This book highlights the existence of several co-existing and - to some extent - competing region-building projects in northern Europe. What unites them is that they can all be comprehended as efforts by existing nations to redefine their role in Europe at a time when the meaning of sovereignty and boundaries is changing. The use of history is one of the main rhetorical moves in the process of relocating nations and naturalising new regions.

Mapp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Series Editor's Prefacep. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Introduction: Other Europesp. 1
Possessing a Baltic Europe: Retold National Narratives in the European Northp. 11
Nordic Near Abroad or New Northern Europe? Perspectives on Post-Cold War Regional Co-operation in the Baltic Sea Areap. 50
Past Politics in North-Eastern Europe: The Role of History in Post-Cold War Identity Politicsp. 78
From Modern to Post-Modern Region-Building: Emancipating the Finnish Nation from the Statep. 101
The Encounter between the Nordic and the Northern: Torn Apart but Meeting Again?p. 128
Looking for Neighbours: Origins and Developments of Latvian Rhetoric on Nordic 'Closeness'p. 157
Regional Security: All or Nothing at All?p. 173
Estonia and Europe: A Common Identity or an Identity Crisis?p. 183
Paradise Regained: The Conceptualization of Europe in the Lithuanian Debatep. 199
The Baltic States in Russian Foreign Policy Discourse: Can Russia Become a Baltic Country?p. 219
Post-Soviet Geo-politics in the North of Europep. 253
Clash of the Boundaries? The European Union and Russia in the Northern Dimensionp. 275
Select Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780714683515
ISBN-10: 0714683515
Series: Cass Series--Nationalism and Ethnicity
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st July 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1