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The Resource Near abroad : Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus, Gerard Toal

Near abroad : Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus, Gerard Toal

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Near abroad : Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus
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Near abroad
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Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus
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Gerard Toal
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eng
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  • "Vladimir Putin's intervention into the Georgia/South Ossetia conflict in summer 2008 was quickly recognized by Western critics as an attempt by Russia to increase its presence and power in the "near abroad", or the independent states of the former Soviet Union that Russia still regards as its wards. Though the global economic recession that began in 2008 moved the incident to the back of the world's mind, Russia surged to the forefront again six years later when they invaded the heavily Russian Crimea in Ukraine and annexed it. In contrast to the earlier Georgia episode, this new conflict has generated a crisis of global proportions, forcing European countries to rethink their relationship with Russia and their reliance on it for energy supplies, as Russia was now squeezing natural gas from what is technically Ukraine. In Near Abroad, the eminent political geographer Gerard Toal analyzes Russia's recent offensive actions in the near abroad, focusing in particular on the ways in which both the West and Russia have relied on Cold War-era rhetorical and emotional tropes that distort as much as they clarify. In response to Russian aggression, US critics quickly turned to tried-and-true concepts like "spheres of influence" to condemn the Kremlin. Russia in turn has brought back its long tradition of criticizing western liberalism and degeneracy to grandly rationalize its behavior in what are essentially local border skirmishes. It is this tendency to resort to the frames of earlier eras that has led the conflicts to "jump scales," moving from the regional to the global level in short order. The ambiguities and contradictions that result when nations marshal traditional geopolitical arguments-rooted in geography, territory, and old understandings of distance-further contributes to the escalation of these conflicts. Indeed, Russia's belligerence toward Georgia stemmed from concern about its possible entry into NATO, an organization of states thousands of miles away. American hawks also strained credulity by portraying Georgia as a nearby ally in need of assistance. Similarly, the threat of NATO to the Ukraine looms large in the Kremlin's thinking, and many Ukrainians themselves self-identify with the West despite their location in Eastern Europe."--
  • "In sum, by showing how and why local regional disputes quickly develop into global crises through the paired power of historical memory and time-space compression, Near Abroad reshapes our understanding of the current conflict raging in the center of the Eurasian landmass and international politics as a whole"--
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Toal, Gerard
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non fiction
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  • Geopolitics
  • South Ossetia War, 2008
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Former Soviet republics
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Western countries
  • Crimea (Ukraine)
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Near abroad : Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus, Gerard Toal
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Why does Russia invade its neighbors? -- Geopolitical catastrophe -- A cause in the Caucasus -- Territorial integrity -- Rescue missions -- Places close to our hearts -- The Novorossiya project -- Geopolitics thick and thin
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ocn963439399
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25 cm
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xx, 387 pages
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9780190253301
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps
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(OCoLC)963439399
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Near abroad : Putin, the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus, Gerard Toal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Why does Russia invade its neighbors? -- Geopolitical catastrophe -- A cause in the Caucasus -- Territorial integrity -- Rescue missions -- Places close to our hearts -- The Novorossiya project -- Geopolitics thick and thin
Control code
ocn963439399
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 387 pages
Isbn
9780190253301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)963439399

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