• Ukraine and Russia

  • From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War
  • By: Paul D’Anieri
  • Narrated by: Shawn Compton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Paul D'Anieri explores the dynamics within Ukraine, between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West, that emerged with the collapse of the Soviet Union and eventually led to war in 2014. Proceeding chronologically, this book shows how Ukraine's separation from Russia in 1991, at the time called a "civilized divorce", led to what many are now calling "a new Cold War". He argues that the conflict has worsened because of three underlying factors—the security dilemma, the impact of democratization on geopolitics, and the incompatible goals of a post-Cold War Europe. 

Rather than a peaceful situation that was squandered, D'Anieri argues that these were deep-seated pre-existing disagreements that could not be bridged, with concerning implications for the resolution of the Ukraine conflict. The book also shows how this war fits into broader patterns of contemporary international conflict and should therefore appeal to researchers working on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Russia's relations with the West, and conflict and geopolitics more generally.

©2019 Paul D’Anieri (P)2022 Tantor

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  • 07-05-22

Superficial and dishonest treatment

This book presents an opposition between two concepts that it never defines, namely “democracy” and “totalitarianism”. The EU and NATO we are told are “democratic” institutions that seek to promote the spread of “democracy” in Europe. The Russian state is assumed to be a thuggish driver of “totalitarianism”. Instead of defining or questioning the truth value of these assertions the writer just repeats the concepts over and over again - on one page the term “democracy” is repeated twenty-five times but never once interrogated. The conclusions drawn on these assumptions are invalid. The tone early in the book seems balanced and that might give the impression that a genuine, honest attempt is being made to understand what is going on but that delusion evaporates very quickly. Overall, yet another russophobic, pro-NATO assualt.