Putinism Russia and Its Future with the West

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/30/2015
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. In America, much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin and many have begun to wonder if they we are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship.

Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur.
For two decades, Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology-a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian "manifest destiny," and a fear of foreign enemies-continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populous. In fact, today's Russians have more in common with their counterparts from 1904 than 1954 and Putin is much more a servant of his people than we might think.
Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis. Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how America's tendency to see Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. Russia can and will challenge the West and it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who we are facing-and what they want-before it is too late.

Author Biography

WALTER LAQUEUR was the director of the Institute of Contemporary History in London for 30 years.  Concurrently, he served as chairman of the International Research Council of CSIS in Washington, DC. He was also a professor at Georgetown University and is the author of more than 25 books. He has had articles published in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, and countless other newspapers worldwide.

Table of Contents

1. The End of the Soviet Era
 After Gorbachev
2. Who Rules Russia?
 The Oligarchs
 The Siloviki
3. Putin and Putinism
4. The Pillars of the New Russian Idea
 The Russian Orthodox Church
 Leading Thinkers of the Russian Right
 Russian Geopolitics
5. Stalin and the Fall of the Byzantine Empire
 The Fall of an Empire
6. Demography
 Russian Islam
7. Foreign Policy and the Petrostate
 Russia and the European Radical Right
 Russia and China
 The Near Abroad
 Russian Oil
8. The New National Doctrine 
 Back to the Roots
 The Russian Party under the Soviets
 Ivan Ilyin rediscovered
9. Sources of Future Conflicts
 Russia’s identity
 The New Russian Empire
 The Economic Future
 The Face of the Young Generation
 Central Asian Conflicts
Epilogue: Kamo gryadeshi--Quo Vadis,Russia?

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