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The cultural and geopolitical dimensions of nation-building in the Ukraine


  • Attila Virág

    () (Corvinus University of Budapest Doctoral School of Political Science Budapest Hungary)


Ukraine belongs among those young countries where the beginnings of democratisation and nation-building approximately coincided. While the development of nation states in Central Europe was usually preceded by the development of nations, the biggest dilemma in the Ukraine is whether a nation-state programme — parallel to the aim of state-building — is able to bring unfinished nation-building to completion. Ukraine sways between the EU and Russia with enormous amplitude. The alternating orientation between the West and the East can be ascribed to superpower ambitions reaching beyond Ukraine. Eventually, internal and external determinants are intertwined and mutually interact with one another. The aim of the paper is to explain the dilemmas arising from identity problems behind the Ukraine’s internal and external orientation.

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  • Attila Virág, 2012. "The cultural and geopolitical dimensions of nation-building in the Ukraine," Society and Economy, Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary, vol. 34(4), pages 619-641, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aka:soceco:v:34:y:2012:i:4:p:619-641

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    Ukraine; nation-building; cultural ideas; geopolitical orientation;

    JEL classification:

    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects


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