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Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability

One war: three collisions--in this vividly written, narrative history of the war in Ukraine, Michael Kimmage puts together the pieces of a complicated international puzzle to understand the origins of the current conflict that has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War.
ISBN:  9780197751794
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In Collisions, Michael Kimmage, a historian and former State Department official who focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, offers a wide-angle, historically informed account of the origins of the current Russia-Ukraine war. Tracing the development of Ukraine and Russia's fractious relationship back to the end of the Cold War, Kimmage takes readers through the central events that led to Vladimir Putin seizing a large portion of Ukraine--the Crimea--in 2014 and, eight years later, initiating arguably the most intensive military conflict of the entire post-World War II era.

From the halls of power in Washington, Kyiv, and Moscow to the battlefields of Ukraine, Kimmage chronicles Putin's ascendancy to the Russian presidency, delves into multiple American presidencies and their dealings with Russia and Europe, and recounts Europe's efforts to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union. He tells the story of how Ukraine went from an embattled country on the edge of Europe to a formidable military power capable of pushing back the Russian military. Just as importantly, Kimmage captures how the current war has transformed multiple centers of power--from China to the United States--and dramatically altered the path of globalization itself. He makes the case that the war in Ukraine has shifted the direction of major macro-trends in world politics, contributing to the fragmentation of international politics, higher inflation, greater food insecurity, and the general collapse of arms control. These intersecting dangers amount to a new age of global instability, born in war and in the collision between Russia and the United States that has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War.

An authoritative interpretation of possibly the most important geopolitical event of the post-Cold War era, Collisions is essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of this epochal conflict and its ripple effects across the globe.



Editura: Oxford University Press
An apariție: 2024
Nr. pagini: 320
Dimensiuni: 22.6 x 15.5 cm


[Kimmage] provides well-informed and realistic, if bleak, context for current events...Political maneuvering rarely begets a page-turner, but Kimmages insightful account is just that. ― Kirkus Reviews

The war in Ukraine is now in its third year and policymakers in Washington and around the world are asking, 'How does the war end?' With his timely and incisive new book, Collisions, Michael Kimmage has offered an important predicate question: 'Why did the war begin?' Clearly written and carefully documented, Kimmage explores the origins of Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine in the context of their past relations with each other, as well as those with Europe and the United States. ― David McKean, Former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg and former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, and author of Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Drawing on his experiences in both the academic and diplomatic worlds, Michael Kimmage has produced a beautifully written analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine-and of the geopolitical false assumptions that it utterly shattered. Highly recommended for both specialists and the general reader. ― M.E. Sarotte, Author of Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

In his wide-ranging account of the three post-Cold War decades, Michael Kimmage places the outbreak of Russia's war against Ukraine in the context of a series of collisions-between Moscow and Kyiv, between the United States and Russia, and between Russian and Europe. These collisions, he argues, were not inevitable, but ultimately acquired a logic of their own, culminating in Putin's decision to go to war. Essential reading for those seeking to understand what went wrong after the collapse of the USSR. ― Angela Stent, Author of Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

Michael Kimmage's Collisions is a compelling account of the causes and consequences of the brutal and devastating war by Russia against Ukraine-the largest armed conflict in Europe since the end of World War II. A historian by training with key service at the State Department during the Obama administration, Kimmage brings his talent and experience to bear in illuminating the complex background for a war that is having an extraordinary impact not only in Europe but around the world. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the aggressive war that Vladimir Putin launched against Ukraine and the West. ― John J. Sullivan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

The Russian invasion of Ukraine was neither the start nor the end of a long series of wars. This book explains the origins of this bloody tragedy, its meanings, and its likely consequences. Michael Kimmage is one of the very best historians of the subject; his analysis is urgent and necessary for anyone who hopes to understand these world-changing events. ― Jeremi Suri, Author of Civil War by Other Means: America's Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy

Michael Kimmage modestly caveats this work saying he's not an expert on Ukraine, but Russia's terrors require us all to become knowledgeable, and this book is a terrifically useful invitation into deeply understanding the international politics of Ukraine's struggle for independence from a malign Russian sphere of influence. ― Kori Schake, Senior Fellow and Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

[Kimmage's] excellent book contains qualities seldom present in narrating an ongoing conflict... A compelling and detailed account that reveals some little known facts and a deeply sobering analysis of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, its consequences for Russia, and the many assumptions about European security. ― Zachary Irwin, Library Journal


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