How the West sleepwalked into another Cold War A native of Yalta, Constantine Pleshakov is intimately familiar with Crimea’s ethnic tensions and complex political history. Now, he offers a much-needed look at one of the most urgent flash points in current international relations: the first occupation and annexation of one European nation’s territory by another since World War II. Pleshakov illustrates how the proxy war unfolding in Ukraine is a clash of incompatible world views. To the U.S. and Europe, Ukraine is a country struggling for self-determination in the face of Russia’s imperial nostalgia. To Russia, Ukraine is a “sister nation,” where NATO expansionism threatens its own borders. In Crimea itself, the native Tatars are Muslims who are vehemently opposed to Russian rule. Engagingly written and bracingly nonpartisan, Pleshakov’s book explains the missteps made on all sides to provide a clear, even-handed account of a major international crisis.
How the West sleepwalked into another Cold War
“A splendid book…beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and analytically piercing. Pleshakov has written a book that should be read by everyone who is paying attention to the chaos into which that region has descended.”—Martin J. Sherwin, George Mason University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (with Kai Bird) of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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