By Robert Legvold
Because the turbulent trajectory of Russia's international coverage because the cave in of the Soviet Union echoes earlier moments of social and political transformation, heritage bargains a different vantage element from which to pass judgement on the present process events.
In this publication, a mixture of prime historians and political scientists examines the international coverage of up to date Russia over 4 centuries of historical past. The authors clarify the impression of empire and its loss, the interweaving of family and overseas impulses, long-standing techniques to nationwide safety, and the influence of globalization over time.
Contributors specialize in the underlying styles that experience marked Russian overseas coverage and that persist this present day. those styles are pushed via the country's political make-up, geographical conditions, fiscal strivings, unsettled place within the better foreign atmosphere, and, specially, its tortured attempt to unravel problems with nationwide identification. The argument this is now not that the Russia of Putin and his successors needs to stay trapped via those ancient styles yet that heritage enables an review of ways a lot or how little has replaced in Russia's method of the surface global and creates a beginning for selecting what needs to swap if Russia is to evolve.
A actually precise assortment, this quantity makes use of background to shed the most important gentle on Russia's complicated, sometimes inscrutable courting with the area. In so doing, it increases the wider factor of the connection of historical past to the learn of latest overseas coverage and the way those businesses should be larger joined.
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Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past (Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University) by Robert Legvold