Putin and the Rise of Russia

Putin and the Rise of Russia

by Michael Stuermer


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An expert contemporary history of Vladimir Putin and Russia‘s resurgent role in world affairs.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the world was left wondering about its destiny. In spite of the losses incurred, Russia is still a power with vast military inventories and an energy giant whose oil reserves will last, at present rates of exploitation, for more than 30 years, and with natural gas for more than 180 years. Questions abound as to what constitutes Russia's national interest, especially now, as a result of the conflict in South Ossetia. With Vladimir Putin no longer president, many Russians fear instability and insecurity. But the outside world, too, keeps wondering what will happen next. It is a defining moment for Russia, with far-reaching implications for the rest of the world.

Michael Stuermer has observed at close quarters the former president as he steered his country out of the chaos of the post-Yeltsin years. his authoritative new history of modern Russia considers the future for a country striving to be, once again, a great power with global reach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605981314
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Stuermer is Professor of History at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, the Sorbonne, the University of Toronto and the Institute for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Maps ix

Chronology x

Abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 A moment of truth 4

2 On secret service 16

3 Meeting Mr Putin 40

4 Putin's people 67

5 Russian breakdown 79

6 An army humbled 95

7 Crescent rising over Kasan 115

8 Gazprom: the new currencies of power 133

9 Power and the people 152

10 The pleasures of doing business with Russia 166

11 In search of a foreign policy l83

12 Epilogue: the making of a president 214

Postscript 224

Appendix: graphs and tables 229

Bibliography 235

Index 241

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