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Southern Methodist University

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The Parade Of Sovereignties: Establishing The Vocabulary Of The New Russian Federalism, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2000

The Parade Of Sovereignties: Establishing The Vocabulary Of The New Russian Federalism, Jeffrey Kahn

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On the basis of extensive on-site interviews and documentary sources, the author interprets the dynamics of the collapse of the Soviet Union by analyzing the cascade of sovereignty declarations issued by republics of the USSR as well as by autonomous republics and other subunits of the Russian republic, in 1990-1991. Interrelationships among the declarations, and other putative causes of their content and timing, are explored. A case study of Tatarstan is provided. The study also analyzes the impact of the process on subsequent Russian approaches to federalism.