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It is a truism that, with just a couple of striking exceptions, western students in basic terms belatedly grew to become their cognizance to the phenomenon of minority nationalism within the USSR. within the final twenty years, besides the fact that, the subject has more and more occupied the eye of experts at the Soviet Union, not just simply because its depths and implications haven't but been effectively plumbed, but in addition since it is obviously a most likely explosive challenge for the Soviet approach itself. the matter that minority nationalism poses is perceived quite another way on the "top" of Soviet society than on the "bottom. " The elite perspectives - or a minimum of rationalize- the matter during the lens of Marxism-Leninism, and is the reason nationalist sentiment as part of the "super­ structure," a short lived phenomenon that may disappear during development communism. That it has now not performed so is a first-rate resource of outrage for the Soviet management, who don't appear to realize it and don't desire to settle for its fact. this can be in accordance with a incorrect conceptuali­ zation of ethnic nationalism as decided completely through exterior, or target, components and hence topic to corrective measures. when it comes to origins, it really is believed to be the results of prior oppression and discrimination; it really is therefore obvious as a unfavourable attitudinal set the essence of which lies in tangible, instead of mental, components. lower than the extent of the management, even though, ethnic nationalism displays entrenched identifications and meanings which lend continuity and authenticity to human existence.

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57 3. Typologizing: since naming means classifying things into groups, the implication of typologies is that everything with the same name has the same properties. Properties can be ascribed to objects, therefore, by carefully assigning them to categories. 4. Attempts to extrapolate from accepted and legitimate tenets of the ideology to extended conclusions or corollaries that favor one or another group. 5. Attempts to associate a sense of threat or reassurance with one or another symbol. 6. Efforts to establish "scientific" credulity for myths.

The pace and character of ethnic and linguistic assimilation. THE MYTH OF PROLETARIAN INTERNATIONALISM The framework for the overt ideological expression of the myth of proletarian internationalism is the writings of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin. The central premise of the classical Marxist theory of the nation is that it is decidedly a historical phenomenon. In the classical Marxist conception, nations are formed only when the inhabitants of one territory, speaking one language, are also united by economic bonds.

93. Quoted in Murray Edelman, The Symbolic Uses of Politics (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1967), p. 18. 50See , for example, Harold D. T. Press, 1949, 1965), p. 10. 27 derive not from the myths themselves, but from their political functions; the essential function of political myths is to create willing obedience. Rulers have therefore always concentrated their attention on the investiture of myth. If an alternative political myth exists, or arises in a society, there will be a challenge to the legitimacy of the government.

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