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The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History

The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History

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Book Overview: The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History

Despite repeated warnings from the White House, Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 shocked the world. Why did Putin start the war--and why has it unfolded in previously unimaginable ways? Ukrainians have resisted a superior military; the West has united, while Russia grows increasingly isolated.

Serhii Plokhy, a leading historian of Ukraine and the Cold War, offers a definitive account of this conflict, its origins, course, and the already apparent and possible future consequences. Though the current war began eight years before the all-out assault--on February 27, 2014, when Russian armed forces seized the building of the Crimean parliament--the roots of this conflict can be traced back even earlier, to post-Soviet tensions and imperial collapse in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Providing a broad historical context and an examination of Ukraine and Russia's ideas and cultures, as well as domestic and international politics, Plokhy reveals that while this new Cold War was not inevitable, it was predictable.

Ukraine, Plokhy argues, has remained central to Russia's idea of itself even as Ukrainians have followed a radically different path. In a new international environment defined by the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the disintegration of the post-Cold War international order, and a resurgence of populist nationalism, Ukraine is now more than ever the most volatile fault line between authoritarianism and democratic Europe.

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ISBN-139781324051190
ISBN-101324051191
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date2023-05-16
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Languageen
Pages400
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Compelling.... erudite, objective and immensely readable.--Ben Hall "Financial Times"

Useful.... [and] very much worth reading.... An excellent survey of unresolved regional tensions.-- "The Economist"

"Despite repeated warnings from the White House, Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 shocked the world. Why did Putin start the war--and why has it unfolded in previously unimaginable ways? Ukrainians have resisted a superior military; the West has united, while Russia grows increasingly isolated. Serhii Plokhy, a leading historian of Ukraine and the Cold War, offers [an] ... account of this conflict, its origins, course, and the already apparent and possible future consequences"--

The essential book about the Russia-Ukraine war--superb, accessible and erudite--by the world's chief expert. The must-read work.--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The World: A Family History of Humanity

An utterly compelling account, deeply personal, persuasively authoritative, surely the must-read book for this challenging moment.--Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

Serhii Plokhy
Serhii Plokhy is a renowned historian and author, distinguished globally for his extensive work on the history of Eastern Europe. Currently, he holds the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professorship of Ukrainian History at Harvard University, boasting an impressive academic career. Born in Ukraine, Plokhy is notably regarded for his profound insights into the region's past, drawing from his personal background and professional expertise. Plokhy has an array of widely acclaimed publications to his name, covering a comprehensive span of historical subjects from the origins of the Slavic nations to the Cold War era. Prominent works include "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union," bestowed with the Lionel Gelber Prize, and "Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe," which earned the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. Plokhy's blend of captivating storytelling and meticulous research has not only won him numerous awards, but has also cemented his relevance in contemporary discussions on Eastern Europe's role in global history. His contribution to the understanding of the region's complex history positions him as an essential figure in history and literature. His works are not just an intriguing read for history enthusiasts, but also vital resources for academics and policy makers alike.

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