Edition: 2023
Pages: 200
Series: IR/L
ISBN: 9788858149638

Ukraine and Putin. Between history and ideology

Andrea Graziosi



An essay by Italy’s leading historian of the USSR sheds new light on the ongoing tragic events.

Why did Putin think he could conquer Ukraine in a few days with the consent of the Russians but also of the local po­pulation? What does ‘denazification’ mean? To explain this tragedy that is changing the world, it is necessary to go back to some essential passages in the history of the 20th century before and after 1991. A complex story, which starts from Ukraine’s relationship with Lenin’s Soviet power and moves on to the Holodomor, the terrible famine caused by Stalin that claimed more than four million victims in Ukraine in ‘32-’33. It is a story that continues with the Second World War and the Nazi occupation and continues with the end of the USSR and the turmoil of the 1990s. This was followed by Putin’s authoritarian turn, founded on the consensus of an ideology of power rooted in Russian history and shared by a ruling class formed between Soviet decline and the reassertion of state power. An ideology that drives Putin to despise an opulent and corrupt West in economic and demographic decline and that makes him think the time has come to restore Russia’s role as a major world power.

The author

Andrea Graziosi

Andrea Graziosi, professor of Contemporary History at the University of Naples Federico II, has studied and taught in American, Russian and European universities. Among his most recent publications, translated into several languages: The Battle for Ukrainian. A Comparative Perspective (with Michael Flier, Harvard University Press 2017); La grande guerra contadina in Urss (Officina libraria 2022); Genocide. The Power and Problems of a Concept (with Frank Sysyn, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022).

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