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Substate DictatorshipNetworks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union$
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Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300230819

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300230819.001.0001

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Substate Nationalism

Substate Nationalism

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Substate Dictatorship

Yoram Gorlizki

Oleg Khlevniuk

Yale University Press

This chapter shows how formal recognition by the Soviet state of ethnolinguistic elites and cultures created opportunities for republican leaders to negotiate the problems of authoritarian control and authoritarian power sharing through ethnic mobilization. It looks at the early post-Stalin era that witnessed various campaigns to raise the political or cultural autonomy of national groups. The chapter describes the campaigns that rode on the coattails of the center's policy of reinvigorated indigenization and designed to promote ethnoterritorial elites and cultures. It talks about the litmus test of nationalism, in which an ethnoterritorial elite presented its interests as being opposed not only to those of other ethnoterritorial groups but also to those of the Soviet Union as a whole. It also explains ethnic mobilization that meant going over the heads of the party membership and appealing to the wider titular ethnic group.

Keywords:   Soviet state, ethnolinguistic elites, authoritarian control, authoritarian power sharing, cultural autonomy, national groups, ethnoterritorial elite

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