Illusions and Realities of Soviet Belarusisation

Should we regard the Soviet Belarusisation policy during the 1920s as a realistic way to build a modern nation from above or was it only an illusion? A thoroughly researched and detailed case-study of early Soviet nationality policies by Alena Marková reveals the mechanisms of the state-sponsored national development program, with attention given both to the immediate process of its implementation and its long-term implications. This allows her to trace the current problematic character of Belarusian national identity and persisting indifference to nationalism back to the origins of contemporary Belarusian society, laid down in the early Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR).