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Contradictions of Russia’s Post-Imperial Age

Yuliya Fetisova

In his monograph “Post-Imperium: a Eurasian Story”, a reputable Russian analyst and Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center Dmitry Trenin argues that the Soviet Union collapsed largely because Russia itself had grown tired of its imperial status and lost its imperial momentum. The book goes beyond foreign policy analysis, aiming for a more comprehensive approach. The author takes stock of the various social, economic, demographic, cultural, religious and ideological factors and trends. That enables him to create a holistic image of Russia’s post-Soviet reality. The article reviews the book by Dmitry Trenin trying to figure out what Russia minus the empire really is.


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SECURITY INDEX (International Edition) NO. 4 (101), Summer 2012

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