Putin's wars : the rise of Russia's new imperialism / Marcel H. Van Herpen.
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|Bibliography, etc.:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Contents:|| Part I. Russia and the curse of empire -- Despotism and the quest for empire -- Comparing Western and Russian legitimation theories for empire -- Putin and the end of the Russian "empire fatigue" -- Putin's grand design -- The Eurasian Union : Putin's newest imperial project -- Part II. The "internal war" : consolidation of power -- Russia : a "pluralist" one-party state -- Preaching the ultra-nationalist gospel : the transformation of "United Russia" -- The "Nashi" : fascist blackshirts or a new Komsomol? -- Send in the Cossacks -- Part III. The wheels of war -- Three lost wars : from Afghanistan to the First Chechen War -- The mysterious apartment bombings : detonator of the Second Chechen War -- The Second Chechen War : Putin's war -- The war with Georgia, Part I: A premeditated Russian aggression -- The war with Georgia, Part II: Six events, announcing the Kremlin's preparation for war -- The war with Georgia, Part III: The propaganda war.
|Subject:||Russia (Federation) > Relations > Russia (Federation) > Chechni͡a︡.
Chechni͡a︡ (Russia) > Relations > Russia (Federation)
Chechni͡a︡ (Russia) > History > Civil War, 1994-
Russia (Federation) > Relations > Georgia (Republic)
Georgia (Republic) > Relations > Russia (Federation)
South Ossetia War, 2008.
Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952- > Military leadership.
Imperialism > History > 21st century.
War crimes > History > 21st century.
Genocide > History > 21st century.
That the Russia-West relationship has been deteriorating since Vladimir Putin came to power has commanded scholarly as well as political attention. Edward Lucas's The New Cold War (2008) is among the earliest analyses of the glide into confrontational politics. Van Herpen (director, Cicero Foundation, Netherlands) contributes to this discourse by focusing on a specific aspect of Moscow's challenge to the West: Russia's "new imperialism." He takes a comprehensive approach to his argument, considering the historical as well as political and cultural contexts of Putin's effort to maintain dominance within a sphere of influence encompassing the former Soviet Union. Among other things, van Herpen describes the organizational devices used by Moscow for this purpose, including the Eurasian Union, and the ambitious Collective Security Treaty Organization. Use of coercive measures as well as force to maintain a sphere of influence is the subject of nearly half of the book, which includes an overview of the two Chechen Wars and a detailed account of the Russian-Georgia War. The author ends with a consideration of the "Kremlin's obsession with Ukraine." Most timely! The book is recommended as a well-documented, well-argued, and strong criticism of Moscow's foreign policy. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.
--R. P. Peters, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Rita P. Peters
University of Massachusetts at Boston
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