Borderlands: Nation and Empire

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Borderlands: Nation and Empire

By Scott Malcomson
Faber and Faber, 1994
249 pp. $22.95

Malcolmson travels to several of the nations constituting the post-Communist world order -- Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Uzbekistan -- providing a bittersweet chronicle of the demise of communist dictatorships and the rise of nationalism and intolerance in its place. The author brings considerable journalistic and literary talents to his descriptions of places and people devastated by ethnic conflict and provides a vivid and personal picture of the new nationalism. In particular, he usefully integrates a good deal of historical material in his talks with East European contemporaries.

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