From Library Journal
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
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About the Author
Jan Zaprudnik, a historian by training, spent thirty-seven years with Radio Liberty as a commentator on Soviet and international politics.