9780190659240

The Long Hangover Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

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  • ISBN13:

    9780190659240

  • ISBN10:

    0190659246

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-01-02
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker presents a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Walker not only explains Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in WWII to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. This book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of East Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse. The Long Hangover looks to a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose.

Author Biography


Shaun Walker is the Moscow correspondent for The Guardian. He studied Russian and Soviet history at Oxford University, and has worked as a journalist in Moscow for more than a decade. Previously, he was Moscow Correspondent for the Independent.

Table of Contents


Introduction

Part One: The Present

Chapter 1: Crimea--a first-tier nation
Chapter 2: Inside the matrix
Chapter 3: The media war
Chapter 4: Legal nihilism

Part Two: The Past

Chapter 5: The Sacred War
Chapter 6: Magadan
Chapter 7: Chechnya: Taking the deal
Chapter 8: The Crimean Tatars
Part Three: The Past Becomes the Present

Chapter 9: The Donbass descent

Epilogue: The Future

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