By David J. Smith
This e-book explores a principally forgotten legacy of multicultural political inspiration and perform from inside of japanese Europe and examines its relevance to post-Cold battle debates on kingdom and nationhood. that includes a Preface via former united kingdom domestic Secretary Charles Clarke, it weaves idea and perform to problem tested understandings of the state state.
Eastern Europe continues to be too frequently seen throughout the prism of ethnic clash, which overlooks the region’s confident contribution to trendy debates at the political administration of ethno-cultural range, and in the direction of the development of a united Europe ‘beyond the nation-state’. in response to wide archival examine in Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Russia, in addition to the League of countries Archive in Geneva, this publication explores this ignored multicultural legacy and assesses its value within the post-Cold warfare period, which has visible the reappearance of nationwide cultural autonomy legislation in different states of japanese Europe.
Ethnic variety and the kingdom State is important examining for college students and students of political technology, background, sociology and eu stories, and in addition for coverage makers and others attracted to minority rights and ethnic clash law.
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12 As the prospect of reclaiming Vilnius receded during the early 1920s, so the Lithuanian state attached correspondingly less importance to the rights of Jews living within its existing borders. Indeed, the liberal provisions for Jewish autonomy put in place during 1919–1920 were already being undermined by the time Lithuania drafted its first formal constitution in 1922. The promise in this document to allow the establishment of centralized institutions of cultural autonomy was never fully realized.
What is more, the complaints procedure could be highly protracted. One petition submitted in 1925 concerning Latvia’s recent decision not to compensate dispossessed landowners contained 22 Voices in the wilderness? 138 pages, while Latvia’s response to the League was three times as long. There is no record of Latvia’s answer to subsequent League advice to explore the prospect of compensation. 44 Such partial information and defective responses proved to be the rule rather than the exception. At the time of the peace conference, at least some commentators had proposed that minorities in the new states should be given cultural autonomy in the form previously envisaged by Renner and Bauer.
15 At a higher administrative level, each Land or province of the state would have its own assembly, appointed by the cantons; these would deal with matters of common concern to all citizens. Operating in parallel to these assemblies would be Land national councils elected jointly by the local national delegations and the nationally homogeneous cantons, with responsibility for the cultural affairs of the relevant nationality. These dual administrative structures were to be further replicated at the overall state level, where national councils would take responsibility for higher education of the various nationalities.