Cover Osteuropa 12/2009

In Osteuropa 12/2009

“The Purest Slavic People”
Identity Formation à la bielarusse

Elena Temper

Deutsche Fassung


Belarus has not consolidated itself as a nation. The concept of a nation-state in the tradition of the French Revolution stands vis-à-vis the idea of a particular Slavic nation. President Lukashenka increasingly stylizes Belarus as the saviour of a “threatened Slavic civilization”. The institutional anchoring of the Slavic idea at the state level makes Belarus an Antemurale Slavicum.

(Osteuropa 12/2009, pp. 293–308)