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The Russia anxiety : and how history can resolve it

By: Smith, Mark B.

0141986506 / 9780141986500
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20 cm xxv, 445 pages : maps (black and white)
General (US: Trade)  Learn More Professional & Vocational Tertiary Education (US: College)
Reprint. Originally published: UK: Allen Lane, 2019.

'This exciting and provocative book blows apart misconceptions about the Russian past' Lara Douds, Times Higher Education Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world.

It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed.

Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards.

We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning, malevolence and brutality.

Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars.

We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous?Ranging from the earliest times to the present, Mark B.

Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'.

Whether ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, Russia grips our imagination and fuels our fears unlike any other country.

This book shows how history itself offers a clearer view and a better future.


1DVUA Russia, HBJD European history, HBTB Social & cultural history, HBTV4 Russian Revolution, HBTW The Cold War, JPS International relations

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