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The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It (Hardback)

By Smith, Mark B.

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Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning... read full description below.

ISBN 9780241312766
Barcode 9780241312766
Published 16 July 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241312766
ISBN-10 0241312760
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Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 16 July 2019
International Publication Date 4 July 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Smith, Mark B.
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
European History
Social & Cultural History
International Relations
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 42mm
Weight 723g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Military / Wars & Conflicts Other, HISTORY / Revolutionary
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 320.947
Catalogue Code 991064

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Description of this Book

Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning, malevolence and brutality. Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous? Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. Whether Russia has been ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, it has always had a exceptional status in our imagination.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Fizzing with energy, Mark B. Smith's book explodes many myths about the Russians and compels us to reflect critically on ourselves. -- Simon Dixon, author of CATHERINE THE GREAT
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Mark B. Smith teaches in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of King's College and of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of Property of Communists- The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev and the blog Beyond the Kremlin.

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