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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 W 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.


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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 W 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.

30 review for The Crimean Nexus: Putin’s War and the Clash of Civilizations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Skiendziel

    A very thorough look at the Crimean situation. I learned a lot about the region's history, how diverse and fractured the peoples are, even about the topography of the Crimean peninsula. This is a great read if you want to get a good perspective on how and why the annexation happened, and who all the players were.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    The task facing Europe's leaders is nothing less than fashioning a new European political and military order. Main obstacle to this unity isn't Vladimir Putin, but Europe itself. Its survival depends on Westerners accepting their civilization as unique and not universal as it's of the utmost importance to avoid top-down (geo)political engineering that tends to make un-Western countries anti-Western. Finally, to play a somewhat decent endgame on the global platform, we should strike a fine balanc The task facing Europe's leaders is nothing less than fashioning a new European political and military order. Main obstacle to this unity isn't Vladimir Putin, but Europe itself. Its survival depends on Westerners accepting their civilization as unique and not universal as it's of the utmost importance to avoid top-down (geo)political engineering that tends to make un-Western countries anti-Western. Finally, to play a somewhat decent endgame on the global platform, we should strike a fine balance between "do no harm" and "organize".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    It was wonderful reading this book for my Russian politics class and having Prof. Pleshakov come to our class and speak more about his book and Crimea. An interesting and informative look at the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Great historical context on the peninsula and Ukraine. Definitely worth reading as a short read to understanding the region and Ukrainian-Russian ties, and what the future of European and American policies toward Russia might look like.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

    This book accomplished what I wanted it to do. I now have a fairly in depth understanding of the Russian annexation of Crimea. I appreciate that the author did not get too in depth in certain areas.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doireann O'B

    Interesting and informative book about the history of the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, and how the EU and the US enter the picture. Offers some perspective about Russians/Ukrainians sometimes view the West.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathon Swanson

    This is definitely a good introduction to the subject. Even if one disagrees with some of the logic of Pleshakov's arguments, it will certainly let you appreciate things more from the "other side".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Geoffroy

    Great non-bias look at how the Crimean crisis went down. I would recommend this book if you are looking for an objective look at the situation.

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