chapter  9
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The Soviet Union and nation

Nationalities policies regulate such matters as ethnic representation in political organs, access to employment, education and careers, cultural self-expression (linguistic and artistic), demography (immigration) and economic parity. 1 While the issues of political representation and economic equalisation are addressed in other sections of the book, 2 this chapter examines the origins and dynamics of the Soviet approach towards accommodating polyethnicity in the spheres of culture and human resources. This will provide further background for this comparison of imperial national and federal regimes to be completed in Chapter 12.