Ideology and Myth: Soviet Nationalities Policy

  • Kenneth C. Farmer
Part of the Studies in Contemporary History book series (SICH, volume 4)


Given our model of the Soviet communications system as set forth in Chapter 1, we can assume that if an issue is more or less openly debated in official channels over an extended period, then the central Party leadership either considers the matter unimportant, or the leadership is itself divided on the issue, since under these conditions both sides of the debate are “legitimate” until an official consensus is proclaimed. As we have adequate reason to believe that the nationalities question is not unimportant to the Soviet leadership, the existence of clearly drawn - and only thinly veiled - debate indicates that the leadership is divided over the substance of nationalities policy and the theories that underlie it.


Ethnic Community Cultural Pluralist Nationality Policy Union Republic Russian Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Farmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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