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Accidental Diasporas And External “Homelands” In Central And Eastern Europe: Past And Present

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The term ?diaspora", together with kindred terms such as ?globalization", ?transnationalism", and ?identity" evokes the image of a post-modern, uprooted, mobile, deterritorialized world. It suggests, a post-national world, a world in which the nation-state is no longer an appropriate category of analysis. The accidental diasporas addressed in this chapter belong to a very different world. Far from being post-national, this world might better be characterized as post-multinational. The chapter analyzes the way in which two &t;homelands&t;, Weimar Germany and post-Soviet Russia have made far-reaching claims to monitor the condition, support the welfare, and protect the rights and interests of &t;their&t; respective diasporas the ethnic Germans who were scattered across Eastern Europe in the interwar period, and the ethnic Russians who are scattered across Soviet successor states today.

Keywords: accidental diasporas; East Central Europe; homeland nationalism



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