Status Shift and Ethnic Mobilisation in the March 1956 Events in Georgia Cover Image

Zmiana statusu i etniczna mobilizacja podczas wydarzeń marca 1956 roku w Gruzji
Status Shift and Ethnic Mobilisation in the March 1956 Events in Georgia

Author(s): Timothy Blauvelt
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Military policy, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Inter-Ethnic Relations, Politics of History/Memory, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Collegium Civitas
Keywords: Status Shift; Ethnic Mobilisation; March 1956 Events in Georgia

Summary/Abstract: The large-scale demonstrations that took place in Georgia in early March 1956 following Khrushchev’s criticism of Stalin at the 20th Party Congress were the first significant expressions of public protest and civil disobedience in the Soviet Union for decades, and they also bore a clearly nationalistic character. Based primarily on materials from the Georgian KGB and Party archives and interviews with former Party officials and participants of the events, this article examines potential interpretations of these events derived from elite incorporation and ethnic mobilisation theories.

  • Issue Year: 1/2016
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 64-81
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish