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Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship
This book is the first in English to explore both Belarus’s complicated road to nationhood and to examine in detail its politics and economics since 1991, the nation’s first year of true independence. Andrew Wilson focuses particular attention on Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s surprising longevity as president, despite human rights abuses and involvement in yet another rigged ele ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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This is a very uneven book. The middle part, spanning the 17th-early 20th centuries (maybe up to WW2), is really great. The earlier history though is completely informed by Lukashenka's weird turn to creating Belarussian history from the nothingness that it actually was. This means Wilson presents every available imagined nationalism extending back into the Dark Ages (sorcerer werewolf kings, though!) and throws them at the reader, which makes this section very confusing. Same thing with the las ...more
Andrew Wilson is reader in Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London.More about Andrew Wilson...