One of the most important questions a newly-independent country must answer concerns the essence of its people as a collective nation. The policies advocated for, the laws created, and the fundamentals of the legal and political system of the young nation-state will largely be determined by the values, beliefs, culture, and identity of the people within the state. As a result, the study of the present or emerging national identity in a young sovereign state can be important for understanding the policy decisions and political direction the state is moving in. In this paper I will analyze the emerging national identity in eastern Ukraine, with a special focus on the role of language and politics. I will argue that both language and politics are influential in affecting national identity in eastern Ukraine, which will have important consequences for the state as a whole.
Maxwell, Andrew, "The Role of Language and Politics: A Look at National-Identity Formation in Eastern Ukraine" (2009). Master's Theses - Politics and Government. 1.