Peter Murzonak: Belarusian national idea at the beginning and at the end of the twentieth century
(Abstract, magazine “CULTURE, NATION”, March 2017, issue 17, pp. 13-35)
In the last century there were two historical events that directly influenced the formation of the Belarusian nation. Both events were associated with the collapse of the empires, in 1917 – the Russian Empire, in 1990 – the USSR. The article deals with comparative aspects of the approaches in the implementation of the national idea carried out by conscious national forces in the years that immediately followed after the two historical events. Despite the relative conventionality of the plot proposed the analysis finds a number of similarities in both periods, which include a great desire in the realization of the national idea in favorable historical conditions created, and, at the same time, the lack of an overall strategy and unity in the approaches to the solution of the national idea, as well as a non-critical support for it by the Belarusian population. Shortcomings that have occurred in both historical periods are visible via incomplete national construction, and they continue to exist in a chronic form in the environment of national forces today.