National Identity and Foreign Policy (Paperback)

Nationalism and Leadership in Poland, Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge Russian #103)

By Ilya Prizel

Cambridge University Press, 9780521576970, 460pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 1998

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This text is based on the premise that the foreign policy of any country is influenced by a society's evolving notions of itself. Applying his analysis to Russia, Poland and Ukraine, the author argues that national identity is an ever-changing concept, influenced by internal and external events, and by the manipulation of a polity's collective memory. The interaction of the narrative of a society and its foreign policy is therefore paramount, he maintains, going on to emphasize that this is especially the case in East-Central Europe, where political institutions are weak, and social coherence remains subject to the vagaries of the concept of nationhood.