Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

Paperback | December 15, 2015

byElizabeth A. Wood, William E. Pomeranz, E. Wayne Merry

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In February 2014, Russia initiated a war in Ukraine, its reasons for aggression unclear. Each of this volume's authors offers a distinct interpretation of Russia's motivations, untangling the social, historical, and political factors that created this war and continually reignite its tensions.

What prompted President Vladimir Putin to send troops into Crimea? Why did the conflict spread to eastern Ukraine with Russian support? What does the war say about Russia's political, economic, and social priorities, and how does the crisis expose differences between the EU and Russia regarding international jurisdiction? Did Putin's obsession with his macho image start this war, and is it preventing its resolution? The exploration of these and other questions gives historians, political watchers, and theorists a solid grasp of the events that have destabilized the region.

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In February 2014, Russia initiated a war in Ukraine, its reasons for aggression unclear. Each of this volume's authors offers a distinct interpretation of Russia's motivations, untangling the social, historical, and political factors that created this war and continually reignite its tensions.What prompted President Vladimir Putin to ...

Elizabeth A. Wood is professor of Russian and Soviet history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2015. William E. Pomeranz is deputy director of the Kennan Institute, the Wilson Center's program for Russian and post-Soviet studies. E. Wayne Merry is Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231704534

ISBN - 13:9780231704533

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresChronology: The War in Crimea and UkraineIntroduction, by Elizabeth A. Wood1. The Origins of Russia's War in Ukraine: The Clash of Russian and European "Civilizational Choices" for Ukraine, by E. Wayne Merry2. Ground Zero: How a Trade Dispute Sparked the Russia-Ukraine Crisis, by William E. Pomeranz3. Russia's Grand Choice: To Be Feared as a Superpower or Prosperous as a Nation?, by Maxim Trudolyubov4. A Small, Victorious War?: The Symbolic Politics of Vladimir Putin, by Elizabeth A. WoodConclusion, by William E. PomeranzIndex

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This short anthology of four articles concerning Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine provides valuable context for President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy.