By Robert Legvold
As the turbulent trajectory of Russia's overseas coverage because the cave in of the Soviet Union echoes earlier moments of social and political transformation, heritage bargains a unique vantage element from which to pass judgement on the present process occasions.
In this ebook, a mixture of top historians and political scientists examines the international coverage of up to date Russia over 4 centuries of heritage. The authors clarify the influence of empire and its loss, the interweaving of household and overseas impulses, long-standing techniques to nationwide protection, and the impression of globalization over time.
Contributors specialise in the underlying styles that experience marked Russian international coverage and that persist this day. those styles are pushed by way of the country's political make-up, geographical situations, financial strivings, unsettled place within the better overseas atmosphere, and, notably, its tortured attempt to solve problems with nationwide id. The argument this is no longer that the Russia of Putin and his successors needs to stay trapped by means of those old styles yet that background allows an overview of ways a lot or how little has replaced in Russia's method of the surface international and creates a beginning for selecting what needs to switch if Russia is to evolve.
A really detailed assortment, this quantity makes use of background to shed an important gentle on Russia's complicated, sometimes inscrutable dating with the area. In so doing, it increases the wider factor of the connection of historical past to the examine of latest overseas coverage and the way those businesses could be greater joined.