Ukraine over the edge Russia, the West and the "new Cold War"

Gordon M. Hahn

Book - 2018

"This study focuses on the Ukrainian crisis, from the rise of demonstrations on Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti to the making of the post-revolt regime. The author sheds new light on the role of radical Ukrainian nationalists and neofascists in the February 2014 snipers' massacre, the ouster of President Yanukovych and Russia's seizure of Crimea"--

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Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers [2018]
Main Author
Gordon M. Hahn (author)
Physical Description
vii, 359 pages : maps ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-355) and index.
  • Preface
  • 1. A World Split Apart: Geopolitical and Civilizationalist Sources
  • 2. The Historical Roots of Ukraine's Schism
  • 3. Western Expansionism: Operationalizing the Geopolitical and Civilizational Divides
  • 4. Democracy Promotion: The Dual-Use Technology of Color Revolution
  • 5. Ukraine's "Stateness" Problem: The Tectonics of a Faultline State
  • 6. Ukraine's "Perfect Storm"
  • 7. Maidan
  • 8. Putin's Crimea Gambit: From Revolution to Civil War
  • 9. Terror in Donbass: Putin's War or Civil War?
  • 10. "Revolution of Dignity" or Revolution in Vain?
  • Chapter Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Ukraine's 2013-14 revolution, its civil war, and Russia's annexation of the Crimea have been succeeded by newer crises, but political analyst Hahn (The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin, 2014) uses detailed reportage and geopolitical theory to argue for their long-term significance, presenting Ukraine as a troubling turning point in Russo-American relations and a case study of how democratization efforts can go awry. The underlying problem is geopolitical: Ukraine, while adjacent to Russia, is culturally divided between a U.S.- and EU-oriented West and a Russia-oriented East, creating internal fault lines and an irresistible temptation for both powers to intervene. But the resulting conflict unfolds as a litany of unexamined assumptions, political posturing, and big-power entitlement, with tragic results; there are no good guys here. Hahn concludes by declaring the Russo-American stalemate a new cold war. This book will appeal primarily to readers knowledgable in international affairs, and with Russia atop American headlines to an extent not seen since the end of the Cold War, it will be a strong addition to global-studies collections.--Jorgensen, Sara Copyright 2018 Booklist

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