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National Identity and Foreign Policy: Nationalism and Leadership in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine
National Identity and Foreign Policy: Nationalism and Leadership in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine
By Ilya Prizel
Cambridge University Press, 1998, 330 pp

This ingenious book interprets contemporary Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian foreign policy in the context of the enduring forces impelling, shaping, and sometimes frustrating the emergence of national identity. And vast this history is, spanning nearly half a millennium. An early chapter devoted to general concepts is somewhat limited and lifeless, but the main body of the book exploits history in a tight, incisive, and subtle fashion to generate powerful insights into contemporary foreign policy. The combination of disciplined history and well-constructed comparison makes this an exceptional foreign policy study.