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Imperial Gamble

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Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War, by Marvin Kalb (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).

Marvin Kalb, a former journalist and Harvard professor, traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box. The world was stunned when Vladimir Putin invaded and seized Crimea in March 2014. Shortly thereafter, the Russians threw their support behind secessionist rebels in neighboring Ukraine, pitching the country into a brutal and continuing civil war. An ominous and sharp deterioration in East-West relations followed.

In Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War, Marvin Kalb brings to life the geography, power politics, and history of Ukraine—once know as Kieven Rus’, or the “First Russia.”  He takes a critical look at the tortured history of post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, and journeys deep into the Russian past to uncover the roots of Russian and Ukrainian nationalism.

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