Rethinking Russian-Ukrainian relations: A new trend in nation-building in post-communist Russia?

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    Abstract

    This article analyses new trends in the assessment of Russian-Ukrainian relations by representatives of the Russian elites in the late 1990s. It sees a discussion of the historic roots of Ukrainian separatism in the Russian media and attempts to identify the origins of the 'Russian national homeland' outside Kyiv Rus as the first steps towards a revision of traditional Russian perceptions of Russian-Ukrainian relations. The article argues that the new trends have become particularly visible following the signing of the Russian-Ukrainian inter-state treaty in May 1997, which it regards as an important landmark in Russia's acceptance of the independence of Ukraine.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235-253
    Number of pages18
    JournalNations and Nationalism
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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