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Russia and the Idea of Europe : A Study in Identity and International Relations (Revised) (Paperback)
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The end of the Soviet system and the transition to the market in Russia, coupled with the inexorable rise of nationalism, brought to the fore the centuries-old debate about Russia's relationship with Europe.
Iver Neumann discusses whether the tensions between self-referencing romantic nationalist views and Europe-orientated liberal views can ever be resolved. Drawing on a wide range of Russian sources, this revised and updated second edition ofRussia and the Idea of Europe retains the broad historical focus of the previous edition and picks up from where the first edition left off in the early 1990's and brings the discussion fully up to date. Discussing theoretical and political developments the new edition relates the existing story of Russian identity formation to new foreign policy analysis and the developments in the study of nationalism. The book also offers an additional focus on post cold-war developments. In particular examining 2000, when Putin substituted Yeltsin as president, and 2014, when Russian foreign policy turned from cooperation to confrontation.
Bringing to life the various debates surrounding this complicated relationship in an accessible and clear manner, this book continues to be a unique and vital resource for students and scholars alike.