Russia Between Two Worlds
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The author of The End of the Soviet Empire and Lenin, affords a better understanding of the decisions and strategies made by the country’s leadership over the last decades as neighboring China and Europe exert their influence. Hélène Carrère d’Encausse’s latest work is a geopolitical look at modern Russia with an informed and groundbreaking analysis.
Russia is the world’s largest country and perhaps the most complex. Even its geography is complicated, situated as it is in northern Eurasia bordering both Europe and Asia. Despite the loss of much of its territory, Russia remains deeply multiethnic, multireligious, and multicultural and has experienced enormous upheaval for the last twenty years.
Carrère d’Encausse examines the major decisions made by the country’s modern leaders, from Kozyrev to Poutine and Medvedev. She discusses how they have approached, and tried to solve, the crucial problems recurring in Russia: an endless state of economic crisis, confrontation and political tension with the United States and China, recurrent strife along the borders of the former Soviet Union, and the exploitation of natural resources. More than just recording facts and events, Carrère d’Encausse analyzes their effects on the country’s image throughout the world and the impact they have had on the construction of its new identity.
The author offers an accessible yet in-depth overview of the disturbing and fascinating reasons behind the greatness—and the weakness—of Russia.
Hélène Carrère d'Encausse :
Hélène Carrère d’Encausse has been the permanent secretary of the Académie Française since 1990, and is one of France’s most eminent specialists in Russian history. She is the author of numerous books, several of which have been translated and published in the United States and the United Kingdom, including Nicholas II and The End of the Soviet Empire (Holmes & Meier Publishers, 2000), Lenin (Holmes & Meier Publishers, 2001), and Islam and the Russian Empire: Reform and Revolution in Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2009).