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Belarus: At A Crossroads In History (Westview Series on the Post-Soviet Republics) Paperback – August 17, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0813317946 ISBN-10: 0813317940
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Belarus (formerly Belorussia) is the western-most republic in the Commonwealth of Independent States, with stronger historical ties to Europe than to Moscow, according to this new survey. It has a long history of outside government, from Poland and Lithuania, and a tradition of ethnic coexistence; these traits are reemerging after the breakup of the USSR. Zaprudnik, formerly an analyst at Radio Liberty, devotes four chapters of his survey to the history of Belarus (to 1985) and four to the conditions and prospects of the new state, covering the national and language revival, politics, economics, and foreign relations. Throughout, he is harshly critical of the Soviet government and its "ethnocidal" policies in Belarus. His bibliography is replete with specialized, non-English, sources. Not much is available in English on Belarus, and this book is a good beginning for nonspecialists.
- Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jan Zaprudnik, a historian by training, spent thirty-seven years with Radio Liberty as a commentator on Soviet and international politics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Westview Series on the Post-Soviet Republics
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press (August 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813317940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813317946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Landt on February 18, 2000
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Jan does a good job in outlining the course of events that occurred over a long period of time. My main complaint about his work is that he maintains a focus on the intelligentsia to a point where I as a reader felt that there was a large void left to be filled. Nevertheless, this book is filled with interesting tidbits that will well feed a historical mind. Even though he quite clearly writes as a patriot and does little to explain the current clamboring for Belarus to reunite with the Russians, he manages to maintain something of a level hand through the course of the book in regards to the Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Poles. Especially towards the end, he provides some insightful analysis into the current mood of the country, though his economic analysis is, at best, limited. Should Mr. Zaprudnik ever choose to extend his writings on this rather interesting country, I would like to see him write more on the trends of society at large, for I think he would provide a very intriguing insight into a rather obscure field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PearCloud on July 28, 2012
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I am a native Belarusan and am currently living abroad. When I am asked where I am from the answer is not quite clear to the most of the people. I wish everybody read this book by Jan Zaprudnik. I especially like the way he emphasizes the importance of Belarusan language in the past as well as our great difference from Russians and the way the have been humiliating us as a nation. To my mind, this book is the best English language book about Belarus you could find.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1997
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Jan Zaprudnik poignantly records what was and what might have been in his beloved Belarus. He writes from a nationalist point of view about a country which finds it hard to be nationalistic, currently preferring a wider slavic entity in wishing to unite with Russia. The book attempts to unify a shifting geography and disparate history of Lithuanians, Russians and Belarusians into that of a single nation. The result is as incohesive as modern Belarus. Therein may lie its genius or dearth.
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