Nationalism, Myth and Politics: Russians and Serbs in the Dissolution of the USSR and Yugoslavia

Thursday, March 12, 2009
12:00- 1:30 pm
1219 International Affairs Building

The Harriman Institute presents a talk by Veljko Vujacic, Oberlin College.

In 1991, the USSR and Yugoslavia, two multinational communist federations with a history of indigenous communist revolutions and similar nationality policies, collapsed. However, whereas the USSR dissolved relatively peacefully along the lines of its constituent republics, Yugoslavia's break-up was violent. A key factor in these contrasting outcomes has to do with the very different reactions of the elites of core nations--Russians and Serbs--to the prospect of state disintegration. Why this difference? Vujacic will examine the deeper historical dynamic behind the different reactions of Russian and Serbian political and intellectual elites to state disintegration.