The Lands between : conflict in the East European borderlands, 1870-1992

Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Knyga / Book
Anglų kalba / English
The Lands between: conflict in the East European borderlands, 1870-1992
Publication Data:
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
324 p
Bibliografija ir rodyklės.
List of Maps — List of Tables — Abbreviations — Book Abbreviations in Notes — Introduction — The land and the people — The reign of the generals, 1914-1917 — The frontier wars, 1918-1920 — The interim, 1920-1939 — Redrawing ethno-social boundaries : phase I, 1939-1941 — The Holocaust and collaboration, 1941-1944 — The civil wars, 1941-1944 — Redrawing ethno-social boundaries : phase II, 1944-1953 — From the union to independence —Conclusion — Notes — Select Bibliography — Index.
Europos istorija; 19 amžius; 20 amžius; Karai; Sienos; Lyginamieji tyrimai.
Europe history; The Lithuanian XIX-XX c. history; Wars; Borders; Comparatives studies.
Summary / Abstract:

ENThe book traces the turbulent history of the borderlands that before World War constituted the frontier-zones between the Austro-Hungarian, German, and Russian empires and in the course of the twentieth-century changed hands several times. It subscribes to the notion that internal socio-economic cleavages and ethnic rivalries - the most common patterns to the East European landscape - were at the root of conflicts in the borderlands. However, its dominating thrust is predicated upon the notion that the borderlands' ethno-cultural diversity was in basic conflict with the nationalizing policies of the states that dominated the region. In peacetime, when the state's control over all forms of social relations was unchallenged, it acted as the highest arbitrator, manipulating the conflicting claims of rival groups and maintaining relative stability in its domain. But in the time of crisis, when the state's resources became strained to the limit, suspicions of the groups deemed less loyal to the state blurred the concept of internal and external enemies and entailed the persecution of allegedly ‘corrosive’ ethnic elements. Simultaneously, state-violence was sustained and exacerbated by popular participation and acquired its own destructive logic, mutating into a vicious cycle of ethnic conflicts and civil wars. [Publisher annotation]

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