dc.contributor.advisor Ramet, Sabrina Petra dc.contributor.author Halsen, Stian dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-24T13:36:49Z dc.date.available 2018-10-24T13:36:49Z dc.date.issued 2017 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11250/2569383 dc.description.abstract This thesis explores Soviet nationality policies in the inter-war period. With its functionalist approach, it specifically aims to explain the changes occurring from the late NEP-period and onwards, based on the functions the national policies and institutions exerted on the Soviet organism and vice versa. The hypothesis is developed from earlier sociological researches on the Ukrainian SSR and argues that the changes occurring were a response to the liberal and dysfunctional policies of the 1920s which strengthened the nationalism it was supposed to disarm. It is tested by using a process-tracing method drawing on a multitude of sources. However, the hypothesis corresponds to a relatively low degree with the reality the data display. I have operationalized the term nationality policies according to Stalins definition of nation and nationality. Taking this as my point of departure the research shows that the policies were not changing as profoundly as many scholars have claimed. There is no doubt that the conditions for the different Soviet nations changed during this period, however, the changes should in a functional framework be understood as latent functions and dysfunctions of the social and economic upheavals and transformations of the Soviet society under Stalin, rather than a centrally planned plot in Moscow to subdue the Unions constituent nationalities. In contradiction to many earlier researches this one acknowledges Stalin`s progressive perception of the nation and the developmentalist mood of the Bolshevik revolution. Consequentially it emphasizes the multifaceted but somehow impressive continuity of the nation-building project of the Soviet state throughout the period under research. nb_NO dc.language.iso eng nb_NO dc.publisher NTNU nb_NO dc.title The Soviet Union and the National and Colonial Question nb_NO dc.type Master thesis nb_NO dc.subject.nsi VDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200 nb_NO dc.description.localcode Denne masteroppgaven vil etter forfatterens ønske ikke bli tilgjengelig. nb_NO
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