This audiobook offers the first systematic analysis of Putin's two wars, placing the Second Chechen War and the War with Georgia of 2008 in their broader historical contexts. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, Marcel H. Van Herpen analyzes in detail how Putin's wars were prepared and conducted and why they led to allegations of war crimes and genocide. He shows how the conflicts functioned to consolidate and legitimate Putin's regime and explores how they were connected to a third, hidden, "internal war" waged by the Kremlin against the opposition. The author convincingly argues that the Kremlin - relying on the secret services, the Orthodox Church, the Kremlin youth "Nashi", and the rehabilitated Cossacks - is preparing for an imperial revival, most recently in the form of a "Eurasian Union."
An essential book for understanding the dynamics of Putin's regime, this study digs deep into the Kremlin's secret long-term strategies. Clearly argued, it makes a compelling case that Putin's regime emulates an established Russian paradigm in which empire building and despotic rule are mutually reinforcing. As the first comprehensive exploration of the historical antecedents and political continuity of the Kremlin's contemporary policies, Van Herpen's work will make a valuable contribution to the literature on post-Soviet Russia, and his arguments will stimulate vigorous debate.
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Pretty good, waiting for next revision
The book is very good. I learned a lot about Chechen war and Georgian war. The only trouble is that the book ends at the end of 2013. This is like listening to a book "Hitler's Wars" which ends in 1940. I hope the author will write a new revision of this book, unfortunately now, at the beginning of 2015 there is a lot of new materiel to cover.
Overall, Julian Elfer is doing pretty good job. However, when it comes to pronouncing Russian terms or names, I (a native Russian speaker) had very hard time trying to understand what is he saying. I would suggest to spend a couple hours with a teacher or a native Russian speaker and try to improve the pronunciation.
- Vladimir Kushnir
Comprehensive and well written.
- Robert Russell