Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post--Cold War Order (Boston Review Originals)
The current conflict in Ukraine has spawned the most serious crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. It has undermined European security, raised questions about NATO's future, and put an end to one of the most ambitious projects of U.S. foreign policy -- building a partnership with Russia. It also threatens to undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts on issues ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation. And in the absence of direct negotiations, each side is betting that political and economic pressure will force the other to blink first. Caught in this dangerous game of chicken, the West cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of stable relations with Russia.This book puts the conflict in historical perspective by examining the evolution of the crisis and assessing its implications both for the Crimean peninsula and for Russia's relations with the West more generally. Experts in the international relations of post-Soviet states, political scientists Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer clearly show what is at stake in Ukraine, explaining the key economic, political, and security challenges and prospects for overcoming them. They also discuss historical precedents, sketch likely outcomes, and propose policies for safeguarding U.S.-Russia relations in the future. In doing so, they provide a comprehensive and accessible study of a conflict whose consequences will be felt for many years to come.
$11.63The Freedom Fighter: A memoir of a member of the Donbass Militia in the War in Ukraine
The Freedom Fighter is a first-hand account of the Donbass Uprising in 2014. Vitaly Fedorov was a managing partner in a small casino in West Africa. Then the people of Donbass rebelled against the authority of an unconstitutionally installed Kiev government, which was trying to take away their land for large gas shale companies and to prohibit them to teach their children their native language. Being a man of conservative-libertarian views, Vitaly has left behind his well-organized life, travelled to Ukraine, joined the people’s militia and fought against government troops, participating in the defense of "Russian Alamo" - Slavyansk.In this book, you won’t find knights in shining armor, but simply good people who rebelled against an oppressive regime, for the right to live on their land as they wish. There are a lot of good books about a successful uprising of common people against an oppressive government. This one is no different from the others, except that this one is real. Putin's War Against Ukraine: Revolution, Nationalism, and Crime
The West has woken up to the uncomfortable fact that Russia has long believed it is at war with them, the most egregious example of which is Vladimir Putin’s hacking of the US elections. For Western governments, used to believing in the post-Cold War peace dividend, it came as a shock to find the liberal international order is under threat from an aggressive Russia. The ‘End of History – loudly proclaimed in 1991 – has been replaced by the ‘Return of History.’ Putin’s War Against Ukraine came three years earlier when he launched an unprovoked war in the Donbas and annexed the Crimea. Putin’s war against Ukraine has killed over 30, 000 civilians, Ukrainian and Russian soldiers and Russian proxies, forced a third of the population of the Donbas to flee, illegally nationalised Ukrainian state and private entities in the Crimea and the Donbas, destroyed huge areas of the infrastructure and economy of the Donbas, and created a black hole of crime and soft security threats to Europe. Putin's War Against Ukraine is the first book to focus on national identity as the root of the crisis through Russia's long-term refusal to view Ukrainians as a separate people and an unwillingness to recognise the sovereignty and borders of independent Ukraine. Written by Taras Kuzio, a leading authority on contemporary Ukraine, the book is a product of extensive fieldwork in Russian speaking eastern and southern Ukraine and the front lines of the Donbas combat zone. Putin’s War Against Ukraine debunks myths surrounding the conflict and provides an incisive analysis for scholars, policy makers, and journalists as to why Vladimir Putin is at war with the West and Ukraine.
$19.00Fighting in Ukraine: A Photographer at War (Images of War)
The outcome of the Second World War was decided on the Eastern Front. Denied a swift victory over Stalin’s Red Army, Hitler’s Wehrmacht found itself in a bloody, protracted struggle from late 1941 that it was ill-prepared to fight. Although many pictorial books have been published on Germany’s hapless invasion of the Soviet Union, they are typically a collection of soldiers’ snapshots or ‘official’ photographs taken by Propagandakompanien (PK) reporters. This book is different. It contains an extraordinary personal record of the war captured by a professional photographer, Walter Grimm, who served in the German Army in a communications unit. David Mitchelhill-Green brings Grimm’s previously unpublished photographs together with a carefully researched introduction. The 300 evocative black and white images provide an absorbing insight into the daily life and privations of the ordinary German soldier amid the maelstrom of history’s largest conflict. The Ukrainian people, many of whom initially welcomed the Germans as liberators, freeing them from the yoke of Bolshevik oppression, are also chronicled in this fascinating study of the fighting in Ukraine.
$12.02Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
A fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany’s all-consuming reliance on drugs The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories. Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler himself. Over the course of the war, Hitler became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—including a form of heroin—administered by his personal doctor. While drugs alone cannot explain the Nazis’ toxic racial theories or the events of World War II, Ohler’s investigation makes an overwhelming case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete. Carefully researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.
$14.17The war in Ukraine. Interviews and tips from the ATO combatants (Small edition): Practical tips for survival in combat and interviews with soldiers
This is the small edition.In this short edition is no advice on weapons and missing the interview and tips for survival.You can also buy the extended edition of the book at a higher priceIt has a lot of interesting things.Maybe if you're lucky, you will get a small edition free.From this book you will find a review of true Ukrainian soldiers of the war, and how to survive in combat.The text books containing simple tips. They are not very suitable for the masters of survival, but they will be very useful for beginners.These important tips can also be useful to those people who are often on the nature or extreme people who like to test their strength in difficult climatic conditions.This interview took Alex Meshaykin, my co-author, at the end of 2016. ATO soldier, who returned home from the war, shared with him their thoughts and concerns.He also gave some valuable advice and instructions.They will be useful to all people who are interested in survival in the wild, and the conditions of military operations.The author does not aim to describe everything their feelings during a visit to the ATO.By chance, he was in a war zone. His personal experiences and feelings - is a separate topic for another book entirely.In this edition, I will give three talk small, which can shed light on what happens in this strange war.About the rest you have to judge for yourself.Kiev Just Before the War
By September, 2014, it became abundantly clear that Russia's annexation of Crimea and invasion of Eastern Ukraine would lead to disaster for both countries. That is when I started to take photographs of my favourite places in Kiev, so that I could remember the normal life, just before the war was about to unfold.
$45.99Top notes and tips for survival ATO soldiers in Ukraine: Practical advice on combat operations
This is our second book on survival.We dedicate it to all the people who died in this unjust war.We have improved the system of tips and advice on survival, but also took a few new interview combatants in the ATO. These guys have gone through hell and are now ready to share with you their secrets.We hope that these tips will help save your life, and in a crisis situation.This book is a unique collection of tips from people who have visited this war in Ukraine.Here is just a small part of their combat experience, but even that will be very useful for those who want to improve their survival skills.The content of the book includes tips on tactical and psychological preparation for military action. Also, it contained recommendations for the selection of equipment to survive the street fighting.These important tips can also be useful to those people who are often on the nature or extreme people who like to test their strength in difficult climatic conditions.In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine
From one of the finest journalists of our time comes a definitive, boots-on-the-ground dispatch from the front lines of the conflict in Ukraine. Ever since Ukraine’s violent 2014 revolution, followed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the country has been at war. Misinformation reigns, more than two million people have been displaced, and Ukrainians fight one another on a second front—the crucial war against corruption.With In Wartime, Tim Judah lays bare the events that have turned neighbors against one another and mired Europe’s second-largest country in a conflict seemingly without end.In Lviv, Ukraine’s western cultural capital, mothers tend the graves of sons killed on the other side of the country. On the Maidan, the square where the protests that deposed President Yanukovych began, pamphleteers, recruiters, buskers, and mascots compete for attention. In Donetsk, civilians who cheered Russia’s President Putin find their hopes crushed as they realize they have been trapped in the twilight zone of a frozen conflict. Judah talks to everyone from politicians to poets, pensioners, and historians. Listening to their clashing explanations, he interweaves their stories to create a sweeping, tragic portrait of a country fighting a war of independence from Russia—twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR.
$10.87Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War
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. In the weeks that followed, pro-Russian rebels staged uprisings in southeastern Ukraine. The United States and its Western allies immediately imposed strict sanctions on Russia and whenever possible tried to isolate it diplomatically.This sharp deterioration in East-West relations has raised basic questions about Putin's provocative policies and the future of Russia and Ukraine. Marvin Kalb, who wrote commentaries for Edward R. Murrow before becoming CBS News' Moscow bureau chief in the late 1950's, and who also served as a translator and junior press officer at the US Embassy in Moscow, argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Putin did not "suddenly" decide to invade Crimea. He had been waiting for the right moment ever since disgruntled Ukrainians rose in revolt against his pro-Russian regime in Kiev's Maidan Square. These demonstrations led Putin to conclude that Ukraine's opposition constituted an existential threat to Russia. Imperial Gamble examines how Putin reached that conclusion by taking a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia. It also journeys deep into Russian and Ukrainian history to explain what keeps them together and yet at the same time drives them apart.Kalb believes that the post-cold war world hangs today on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis. So long as it is treated as a problem to be resolved by Russia, on the one side, and the United States and Europe, on the other, it will remain a danger zone with global consequences. The only sensible solution lies in both Russia and Ukraine recognizing that their futures are irrevocably linked by geography, power, politics, and the history that Kalb brings to life in Imperial Gamble.