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The Ethnic Conflict Research Digest

1999, Vol. 2 No. 1 .

Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia
Uradyn E. Bulag

(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)
302pp. Index. Bibl. 35.00 (US$59.95); ISBN 0-19-823357-4X. Pb.: 12.95 (US$18.95) ISBN 0 521 63619 1

Uradyn E. Bulag has written a fascinating study of the character of post-socialist nationalism in Mongolia. Drawing on detailed anthropological research, Bulag argues that Mongols, in escaping from their Soviet-dominated past, are faced with a choice between purist, racialised nationalism and a more open, adaptive nationalism that accepts diversity and multiculturalism. He concludes that the perception of Mongolia as a homogeneous society is a myth. Given the diversity amongst groups in, he suggests that the population of two million Mongols must learn to live in a climate of tolerance and harmony. The study has wider implications for research in nationalism, ethnicity and self-determination in the post-Cold War world. It will be required reading for scholars concerned national identity and ethnic conflict.

Ian Jackson,
Manchester Metropolitan University

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