By S. Whitefield
This book's individuals have interaction with theoretical debates among political tradition and competing "rational selection" and institutionalist methods to post-Soviet politics, and supply illustrative empirical reports of civic participation, perspectives of nationwide identification, the Russian legal justice approach, and political violence.
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Meanwhile, even Hrushevskyi understood that there existed an obvious continuity between Kievan and Muscovite Rus’ in culture and literature. He argued that it was Ukrainian Kievan Rus’ that influenced ‘Great Russian’ North-East Rus’. The discussion on whether Kievan Rus’ was ‘Ukrainian’ or ‘Great Russian’ has nothing to do with history, since the Kievan state existed at a time when the Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian nationalities (which currently populate its former territory) had not yet separated from each other.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Russian empire was hardly less democratic than the Hapsburg Empire, where the two-chamber parliament (Reichsrat), like the State Duma in Russia, was elected by indirect elections, but unlike it, met only once a year. According to article XIV of the Austrian constitution, the monarch enjoyed the right to issue decrees between sessions of the parliament that had the power of a law. In 1907, universal suffrage was introduced in Austro-Hungary but, with the beginning of the war in 1914, the parliament was dissolved and did not meet until 1917.
84–85). The so-called ‘tribal unions’ of Eastern Slavs, which preceded the formation of the Ancient Russian state, also knew collective forms of decision-making (Likhachev, 1996, p. 27; Sverdlov, 1997, p. 111). The formation of a united state with its centre in Kiev in the ninth and early twelfth centuries) naturally meant the emergence of a strong power of the prince. However, even in this time the rule of the Prince coexisted with collective forms of power. A significant role was played by the retinue (druzhina) – a professional army turned into a social elite not only in Rus’ but also in other early Slav states (Poland, the Czech state).
Political Culture and Post-Communism (St. Antony's) by S. Whitefield