Originally prepared for a conference in April 1990, these are scholarly essays dedicated to a comparison of the historic Russian, Soviet and Austro-Hungarian empires, predicated on the notion that the comparison is rich and close, including the path to extinction. The heart of the matter is nationalism and, once it strikes within an empire of many ethnic formations, the end is in sight. The reader will come away with a broader and historically enriched sense of what happened to the Soviet Union, but the immensely complicated story of why it happened, particularly when and the way it happened, remains for others to tell.
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