REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

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REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia is a peer-reviewed international journal that explores the history and current political, economic, and social affairs of the entire former Soviet bloc. In particular, the journal focuses on various facets of transformation at the local and national levels in the aforementioned region, as well as the changing character of their relationships with the rest of the world in the context of glocalization. This journal distinguishes itself from others in similar fields by its (g)locally oriented perspective. This journal regularly gives space to articles on concrete local issues written by local Eurasianist scholars. REGION is published by Slavica on behalf of:


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American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences), IBZ (Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur), SCOPUS Citation Index, Web of Science ESCI by Clarivate Analytics, Academic Search Ultimate


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Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim

From the Editor     1

Eric Gordy Introduction     3


Miloš Đinđić and Dragana Bajić
Challenges of Public Administration Reform in Serbia: Between Requirements and Reality       9

Linka Toneva-Metodieva
Prospects for a Democratic Transformation of Postcommunist Society: The Case of Bulgaria     35

Edvin Zhllima, Drini Imami, Klodjan Rama, and Arjan Shahini
Corruption in Education during Socialism and the Postsocialist Transition: The Case of Albania     51

Nenad Markovikj and Ivan Damjanovski
The EU’s Democracy Promotion Meets Informal Politics: The Case of Leaders’ Meetings in the Republic of Macedonia      71

Adem Beha and Gëzim Selaci
Statebuilding without Exit Strategy in Kosovo: Stability, Clientelism, and Corruption     97

Review Essay
Branislav Radeljić Is There Any Hope for the Balkans?     125

Book Reviews
Rimma Tangalycheva
N. I. Lapin, ed.
Atlas modernizatsii Rossii i ee regionov: Sotsioekonomicheskie i sotsiokul ́turnye tendentsii i problemy     135

Alexander Diener
Edith W. Clowes and Shelly Jarre Bromber, eds.
Area Studies in the Global Age: Community, Place, Identity     141

Notes on the Contributors     145

Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim
Georgia: A Borderland beyond Geopolitics

Olga Bogdanova and Andrey Makarychev
Introduction       1

Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk
Imperial Biopolitics and Its Disavowals:
Russia, Georgia, and Spaces In-Between      3

Sophie Zviadadze
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Muslim and Georgian:
Religious Transformation and Questions of Identity among
Adjara’s Muslim Georgians      23

Mikheil Shavtvaladze
The State and Ethnic Minorities: The Case of Georgia      43

Kristina Khutsishvili
Myself and the Other:
Competitive Narratives of Georgians and Abkhazians      69


Kapitolina Fedorova
Interethnic Communication on the Russian-Chinese Border:
Its Past and Present    83

Elena Shadrina
The Common Gas Market of the Eurasian Economic Union:
Progress and Prospects for Institutionalization     105

Book Reviews

Matthew Pauly
Per Anders Rudling.
The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism, 1906–1931     139

John Fahey
Borislav Chernev.
Twilight of Empire: The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917–1918.     143

Harry C. Merritt
Alexis Peri.
The War Within: Diaries from the Siege of Leningrad.      145

Larissa G. Titarenko
Zhan Terent ́evich Toshchenko, ed.
Novye idei v sotsiologii.     149

Notes on the Contributors    153

Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim


Colum Leckey

Envisioning Imperial Space: P. I. Rychkov’s Narratives of Orenburg, 1730s–70s


Vladimir Tikhonov (Pak Noja)

”Korean Nationalism” Seen through the Comintern Prism, 1920s–30s


Kirill V. Istomin, Alexandr A. Popov, and Hye-Jin Kim

Snowmobile Revolution, Market Restoration, and Ecological Sustainability of Reindeer Herding: Changing Patterns of Micro- vs. Macromobility among Komi Reindeer Herders of Bol´shezemel´skaia Tundra


Andy Bruno

A Tale of Two Reindeer: Pastoralism and Preservation in the Soviet Arctic


Branislav Radeljic

Russia’s Involvement in the Kosovo Case: Defending Serbian Interests or Securing Its Own Influence in Europe?


Book Reviews

Michał J. Wilczewski

Robert Blobaum. A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War.


László Kürti

Guntis Šmidchens. The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing RevolutionEast Germany.


Yulia Krylova

Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud, eds. The New Russian Nationalism: Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–2015.


Kirstyn Leigh Hevey

Agnia Grigas. Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire.


Susan Smith-Peter

William Craft Brumfield. Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North.

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Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim

Special Issue: National Minorities in the Soviet Bloc after 1945: New Historical Research in Micro- and Regional Studies

David Feest and Heidi Hein-Kircher



David Feest

Dividing Friend from Foe: Local Soviet Policy and the National Question in the Estonian Socialist Soviet Republic, 1944–53


Yaman Kouli

The German Minority in Poland between 1945 and 1960:A Key Element of Poland’s Postwar Economy


Achim Wörn

Jews in Szczecin, 1945–50: At the Crossroad between Emigration and Assimilation


Odeta Rudling

The Cult of the Balts: Mythological Impulses and Neo-Pagan Practices in the Touristic Clubs of the Lithuanian SSR of the 1960s and 1970s


Karol Rawski

A Soviet Ethnographic Think Tank: The Involvement of the Institute of Ethnography in Soviet Policy



Baris Isci Pembeci

Religion and the Construction of Ethnic Identity in Kyrgyzstan


Book Reviews

Balázs Apor

Michael David-Fox. Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union


Nicholas Levy

Heather DeHaan. Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power


László Kürti

Alan McDougall. The People’s Game: Football, State, and Society in East Germany


Natalie Misteravich-Carroll

Kinga Pozniak. Nowa Huta: Generations of Change in a Model Socialist Town


Catherine Portuges

Liliya Berezhnaya and Christian Schmitt, eds. Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989



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Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim

Special Issue: Centrifugal Forces? Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives

Edith W. Clowes
Introduction     117

Alla Anisimova and Olga Echevskaia

Reading Post-Soviet (Trans)formations of Siberian
Identity through Biographical Narrative     127

Edith W. Clowes
Branding Tiumen’: Official Image and Local Initiatives      149

Kathryn E. Graber

The All-Buriat “Ray of Light”: Independence and Identity in Native-Language Media     175

Gisela Erbslöh

Seeking Chechen Identity between Repression and
Self-Determination under the Ramzan Kadyrov Regime     201

Austin Charron
Whose is Crimea? Contested Sovereignty and Regional Identity     225

Book Reviews

Michael Paulauskas
Kiril Tomoff. Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial

Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945–1958     257

Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Stephen A. Smith. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism     261

Notes on the Contributors      265

Style Sheet and Submission Guidelines     269