Per Anders Rudling is associate professor of history at Lund University, Sweden.
"A new, trend-setting study in the field of Belarusian history. . .
Without doubt this detailed, well-written, and evocative study will
not only become an important contribution to the field of modern
Belarusian historiography, but also serve as an excellent and
essential reference work and introduction to the historical study
of East-Central Europe and the development of national movements
there as a whole."
--Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
"An impressive study. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in the modern trials and tribulations of nation building in eastern Europe and the former republics of the USSR."
"Overall, Rudling's book is of significant importance. Belarus is one of the most under-researched countries in Eastern Europe. This scholarly work helps to understand how different and sometimes conflicting ideas of 'Belarusianness' were created and the influence they have had on shaping the identity of modern Belarus."
--European History Quarterly
"Rudling's brilliant study both casts a much-needed light on a country largely marginalized from western scholarship and contributes an innovative transnational approach to the twentieth-century history of the wider East European region. . . .This sophisticated and multi-faceted study is a highly significant work. Extending well beyond the somewhat esoteric field of Belarusian Studies, it is simultaneously a theoretically informed exploration of the development of a non-paradigmatic nationalism, a case study in Soviet nationalities policy and repression, an analysis of Polish interwar government, and a truly regional and transnational history. Its real hero, arguably, is interwar Eastern Europe as a whole, whose cultural heterogeneity and complex political entanglement shine through on every page."
--Slavic and East European Journal
"Rudling's study is important. His objective is to trace the roots of the Belarusian national movement in the interstices of the political rivalries between Poland, Lithuania, and the Soviet Union in the 1920s. He argues that both the successes and eventual demise of the original 'Belorussian nationalist movement' had far more to do with the actions of non-Belorussian actors; that Belarusian 'national awakeners' became pawns in larger power struggles between its neighbors. The framing of the history between Poland, Lithuania, and the USSR is an inspired stroke, and Rudling has organized the book very intelligently."
--Kate Brown, University of Maryland, Baltimore County