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Ethno-Symbolism And Decommunization In The Post-Maidan Ukraine, Jasper David Schneider Jan 2018

Ethno-Symbolism And Decommunization In The Post-Maidan Ukraine, Jasper David Schneider

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This paper closely examines trends surrounding Ukrainian nationalism following the events of the Maidan Revolution, and applies modernist nationalist thinking, including Benedict Anderson's theory of Imagined Communities and Anthony Smith’s theory of Ethno-Symbolism, to explain how the Ukrainian Nation is fundamentally changing at a core level. Anderson’s theory states that modern nations are defined by perceived shared connections between each individual member of a nation, and that these connections are often dictated by language, religion and other cultural icons. The Ukrainian nation has been under the control of Russia and the USSR for the better part of ...