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Late tsarist and early Soviet nationality and cultural policy; the Buryats and their language.


Late tsarist and early Soviet nationality and cultural policy; the Buryats and their language.

Montgomery, Robert W.

Edwin Mellen Pr.


347 pages



Studies in Russian history; v.11


Montgomery (history, Baldwin-Wallace College) examines Russian and Soviet nationalities policy towards the Buryat people of Siberia through the lens of Buryat language culture. He first explores efforts by native intelligentsias to promote Buryat language culture and pre-Soviet Revolution debates over the Latinization of written Buryat away from its use of Mongolian script. He then explores how the originally hands-off attitude of Bolshevik authorities towards Buryat language culture developed into an interventionist policy during the Stalinist period that had damaging effects on Buryat language culture.

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