By Walter Laqueur
There is not any query that tensions among Russia and American are at the upward push. The compelled annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia airways flight 17, and the Russian government's remedy of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and resulted in a volley of monetary sanctions. a lot of the blame for Russia's contemporary hostility in the direction of the West has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin and americans have all started to wonder whether they're witnessing the rebirth of chilly War-style dictatorship.
Not so quick, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur.
For 20 years, Laqueur has been prior to the curve, predicting occasions in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how 3 long-standing pillars of Russian ideology: a robust trust within the Orthodox Church, a feeling of Eurasian "manifest future" and a terror of international enemies, proceed to exert a robust effect at the Russian populous. actually, contemporary Russians have extra in universal with their opposite numbers from 1904 than 1954 and Putin is far extra a servant of his humans than we would think.
Topical and provocative, Putinism includes even more than ancient research. seeking to the longer term, Laqueur explains how America's tendency to determine Russia as a chilly battle relic is risky and untimely. because the state of affairs in Ukraine has already confirmed, Russia can and may problem the West and it truly is in our greatest curiosity to determine precisely who it truly is we're facing—and what they want—before it really is too late.
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