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Title: The relationship between Russia and Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan from 2000-10 : a post-Imperial perspective
Author: McDowell, Daragh Antony
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This study aims to account for the high degree of influence and intensity displayed in bi-lateral relations between Russia and the other post-Soviet states - specifically Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (BUK.) It seeks to do so by employing an analytical framework based around the concept of 'post-Imperialism,' arguing that persistent legacies of the imperial past have both ensured a high degree of intensity in bilateral relationships as well as providing pathways of influence over certain policy areas - primarily for Russia, but in some instances for BUK as well. It also seeks to examine imperial legacy issues as distinct 'types' - from physical economic and military infrastructure, to cross-border constellations of elite personnel to the normative and cognitive inheritances of imperialism amongst both the elite and the population at large. It concludes that Russia has been able to mobilise and employ power resources not available to alternative actors in order to 'punch above its weight' when competing with other powers for influence in the post-Soviet space, and preserve certain Soviet era patterns of relations. It is not the focus of this study, but it is to be hoped that the framework will prove useful for researchers in other former imperial polities in future.
Supervisor: Pravda, Alex Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Russia and Eurasia ; International,imperial and global history ; Transnationalism and diaspora ; International studies ; Russia ; Belarus ; Kazakhstan ; Imperialism ; Post-imperialism ; constructivism ; soft power