Russia and the West: Twenty Difficult Years

Vladislav Zubok

in International Relations Since the End of the Cold War

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199666430
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745607 | DOI:
Russia and the West: Twenty Difficult Years

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The chapter discusses the formation of Russia’s post-communist identity and relationship with the outside world. It argues that the recent history of Soviet collapse and painful reforms, rather than path dependency and traditional patterns, explain Russia’s authoritarian tendencies under Vladimir Putin. Russia’s societal changes will, however, most likely encourage its integration with the rest of Europe.

Keywords: democratic transition; path dependency; shock therapy; Russophobia; Russian nationalism; hybrid regime; identity-building

Chapter.  8728 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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