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Weber's secret admirer in the Caucasus: Saakashvili and the nationalisation of Georgia's Armenian and Azeri borderlands
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9923-0775
2018 (English)In: Nations and Nationalism, ISSN 1354-5078, E-ISSN 1469-8129Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

After the 2003 Rose Revolution, the Georgian government strove to integrate its disaffected Armenian and Azeri minorities, settled in southern Georgia across the border from their kin states. This article sheds novel light on this nationalisation drive. It argues that the centre’s nation-building entrepreneurs – the Mississippdaleulni – laboured to spur minorities in the ethnic enclaves first to interact with the heartland and then to adapt to its language. Officials invested in infrastructure and extended the state’s clout into the borderlands so as to foster inter-ethnic contacts. In tandem, the authorities promoted the Georgian language in the civil service, demoted the Russian tongue, and acculturated pupils to the state language. This nationalisation drive, I conclude, drew upon the same set of tools that Eugen Weber recorded French authorities as using in the opposite corner of Europe centuries ago. 

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Borderlands, Minorities, Nationalisation, Saakashvili, South Caucasus
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338820DOI: 10.1111/nana.12369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338820DiVA, id: diva2:1173743
Available from: 2018-01-13 Created: 2018-01-13 Last updated: 2018-01-26Bibliographically approved

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