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An analysis of Vladimir Putin and the key role a resurgent Russia has to play in world affairs....

Title : Putin and the Rise of Russia: The Country That Came in from the Cold War
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ISBN : 9780297855095
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Number of Pages : 253 Pages
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  • Jacob Aitken
    2019-06-14 11:29

    This is a good biography. It is a fair biography. And the fact that it is written by someone connected with an anti-Putin institution like Harvard University is even more remarkable. Fair analyses on Putin are hard to come by. Most of the West, be it neo-conservatives or neo-liberals, believe Putin is Satan incarnate. His Russian nationalist admirers believe he is King Arthur resurrected. So which is it? Stuermer is an economically-oriented German political scientist. Technically, he is anti-Putin, but he also understands the moves Putin makes. As a German, he knows that his country can't openly oppose Putin's Russia. He knows that to best work with Putin, one must understand him and to a degree, sympathize with him. Yes, it is true that Putin is former KGB, but there is more to the story. Most of the KGB officers weren't the bad guys from James Bond films. Nor where they the Gestapo-like men who would drag innocent children away from Church. Yes, that happened but that's not the whole story. In any case, that's not what Putin did. Putin worked with Securities in East Germany. He became a Colonel in the KGB because he thought he could protect Russian from future threats. He didn't work to "spread the gospel of Marx." Putin's position gave him a good view of how Soviet economics was collapsing, and if the situation allowed, how to rebuilld Russia. Stuermer's analysis of Putin's Russia is mainly focused on the triumph and difficulties of Petrodollars, with a minor emphasis on PetroPolitics. After Putin stabilized Russia in the early 2000's, he tapped into arguably the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world. Russia became rich overnight. The problem, though, is that while Russia has political leverage with oil, other countries have to want to buy from Russia. And if other countries don't/won't buy from Russia, her oil becomes useless. This forces Putin to look for a more science-based economy in the future. Putin's most important moment was a speech in 2007. He warned the West that NATO's days of playing God are over. The West cannot give international law the middle finger anymore. The unlawful bombing of Serbia will have consequences. If the West can defy international law, so Putin argues, who is the West to criticize Putin's Russia on "human rights" violations? Stuermer, a Westerner, realizes the challenge and concedes the point to Putin. Stuermer makes some interesting observations. While Russia lost millions of citizens and key military hardware in the breakup of the Soviet Union, it had the positive effect of removing a lot of potentially dangerous Muslim radicals from Russian territory. Cons with the book: Like any modern-day political biography, this book became dated in about 6 months. In our society events happen to quickly. A lot of Stuermer's observation, therefore, are either wrong or irrelevant. Russia's birthrate is not as drastic as it was 5 years ago. That tired old canard simply won't work anymore. Russia was able to ride the recent economic crisis fairly smoothly. Stuermer criticized Russia for having troops in hot places like Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia, but doesn't NATO and the US have troops in every country in the world? This criticism is unfair. All in all, this is a good and fair book.

  • Alina Ioana
    2019-05-26 14:24

    A very detailed description of the recent past, the present and the future Russia, taking into consideration Putin's political convictions. The soviet Russia, its creation and most of all its dissolution and how it has affected Russia and its later to be president, in those times KGB agent. Russia during Putin administration- mending the errors of the past. Future Russia- Has Russia changed? Can Russia change? In what manner did Putin inspire Russia's future? Moreover the book's author is a very respected historian, who saw the ex KGB agent, afterwards president of the Russian Federation in a new light. The biography is neither a praise nor a criticism.

  • Amit
    2019-06-11 11:10

    I just wanted to know very well about this president, why is he much recognize and most popular before all the other leader around the world. Yes I’ve already read two books about him and that was my 3rd. But I think after reading this particular book I’ve learn enough to know about this most powerful leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin...It’s a long story to describe. In Russians history from Yeltsin’s time till now! Only one and only Putin the name that changed the entire face of Russia...You can’t define Russia in an word or two! It is difficult, unpredictable. There’s obviously something eternal, unreachable fact about this Motherland that always can put you In a mystery world...Russia had a rich history, culture and had a long journey of struggling past. Fascinating the word of course define itself...It’s until Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin came and guide his Motherland in the right way by fighting all the crisis. There are plenty more things that yet to need to resolve of Russia...Of course there are failure moment’s too in Putin’s era, some moments where the president must have to be responsible for but among all he is the man for Russia for sure or without any doubt. It’s because of him Russia finally gain the level to being a high respected nation...Now I know why sometime he forced to sleep only 4 to 5 hours a day. If he slows down everything slows down and thereby in a fear fact Russia might go to its dark past background...But Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin the name will never let it happen again for his Motherland till the last breath of his life. The conclusion is –PUTIN means RUSSIA,RUSSIA means PUTIN…1. It was clear beyond the slightest doubt that Putin, sitting in the front row, did not have to ask any one for approval of the speech he was to deliver, let alone for permission to outline the future course of Russia’s relations with the West in general and the United States in particular. Putin was clearly in control - not only of the next thirty or so minutes but of Russia’s foreign and security affairs.When Putin mounted the rostrum, he showed no emotion except cold resolve. He spoke in a low-key voice, with sparse body language, his emotions carefully disciplined and controlled. Of course he spoke in Russian. The conference’s tradition, he warned his listeners with a whiff of sarcasm, ‘allows me to avoid excessive politeness’.2. In our conversation Ivanov stated, on the record, that whatever the Americans were planning to put into the Czech Republic and Poland, would be - ‘if, God forbid, a confrontation should occur’ - no match for Russia’s superior missile forces. Here spoke the man responsible for Russian defence, and he was obviously out of sync with the alarmist version soon after to be promoted by the President.3. At the height of the crisis on 25 July 1998 Putin was, unexpectedly for the outside world, appointed head of the FSB, the Federal Intelligence Service from which he had come and where he had his personal and ideological roots. He was now in a key position, but far from safe, and his future was anything but assured. He owed too much to Yeltsin, whose rule was visibly in decline and would in any case end soon, and with it the good fortune of all those associated with the democratic tsar.4. ‘I noticed, with an unvoluntary pity, that the Tsar cannot smile with his eyes and his mouth at the same time.’ - Marquis de Custine, Journey for Our Time.5. Vladimir Vladimirovich greeted each guest with a handshake and that discerning look straight into the eyes that he had obviously taken from his former incarnation as an intelligence officer. Putin’s guarded manner, his head always a little bent and his eyes looking upwards, does not give away much of the man and his feelings. But he wants to know, at once, everything about the person he is talking to.6. In Russian mythology the Tsar cannot and will not take sides. He is above everything mundane, answering only to Mother Russia and to those heavenly forces represented by the gilt St Andrew crosses scraping the sky over the Kremlin - while piercing the defeated Islamic crescent underneath.7. it was the only time that Putin made a personal reference. ‘Russia,’ he said, ‘has always been a very religious country. Since the seventeenth century my father’s family has lived in a village not far from Moscow. Only recently the church registers yielded the information that my forebears had always attended church and visited the confessional.’8. Talking with the Russian President is an experience like none other. He is self-assured. There is no notetaker, let alone an advisor who might from time to time intervene. Putin is proud not only of his sporting achievements but also of the facts and figures he has at his fingertips. He is the man for the big picture, but also for anecdotal evidence, putting every little detail into the wider context, especially when it comes to oil and gas and pipelines.9. Putin was asked how he controlled corruption, and his answer was, by any standards, a blunt one: ‘Unsuccessfully. We are addressing the issue without success… . In a transitional economy and during the restructuring of an entire political system dealing with such issues is more difficult because unfortunately there is no response from civil society to us… . We must speak frankly and openly admit that we have not worked out a system that encourages social control of the activities of public institutions.’10. ‘What is Russia? Russia is the country where one can do the greatest things for the most insignificant results.’ - Marquis de Custine, Journey for Our Time.11. ‘My home is not the house and the street, my home is the Soviet Union’ - a favourite song of the Sixties that still remains popular. Soviet man could not replace ordinary people, and Soviet ideology could not wipe out the longing for nationhood, the tribe, the clan. Indeed, throughout the Central Asian republics as much as in Ukraine it was never forgotten, until the end of the Soviet Union, that they had been the first nations to be victimized.12. the truth is, as Dmitri Trenin put it, ‘Russia’s business is Russia itself.’ Power and property are, ironically more than anywhere in the West, one and the same. This is also underlined by the fact, reassuring up to a point, that the people who run Russia are also the people who own much of Russia. Post-imperial Russia on its way to becoming a nation state drums up greatness and Russian nationalism, but it is among the least ideological countries of the world, with plenty of natural resources to export but no ideology to match.

  • John
    2019-05-26 09:12

    Former President Vladimir Vladimirovitch Putin now Prime Minister and in line for President again if current President Dmitry Medvedev somehow vacates the office advocates Russian democracy in the form of what he terms "the vertical of power." A Hobbesian form of government styled from Thomas Hobbes, a British Philosopher and author of a famous political theory in the 17th century. For Putin rule emanates from above by an elite intelligentsia applying an enlightened autocracy on the incapable masses. Dmitry Medvedev is not quite embracing Putin's "sovereign democracy" but he does not appear to be anything more than Putin's puppet and Putin could run for President again sometime in the future.

  • Христо Блажев
    2019-05-29 11:04

    За енигмата Путин и неговата възкръснала империя Бих поспорил за точната тематика на книгата – Путин или Русия. Като че ли се е получило предпазливо възхваляване на първия и упорито заклеймяване на второто. Професор Щюрмер се хвали колко често е присъствал на изказвания на руския президент и впоследствие премиер, основно на негови групови срещи с медиите. Днес един приятел уместно каза да не му вярвам толкова – може да е бил агент на ЩАЗИ, кой ли знае? Сериозно погледнато, книгата е един анализ на едновременно външно и вътрешно на руската действителност лице.

  • James
    2019-06-15 11:25

    An interesting book which looks at the issues surrounding modern Russia, notably its domestic and foreign policies, business and the workings of the Kremlin. The book would greatly benefit from a very judicious editor - the author sometimes writes in a rather roundabout way. I also found myself skimming quite a lot of the book, as the author seems to spend a great deal of time merely repeating 3 key issues. However, I did enjoy learning the little bit of background on Putin, and the history and socio-political sections.

  • Tihauan
    2019-06-20 16:26

    This book was worth the price I paid for it (3 EUR) but not more. It's either repetitive and boring or my interest on the subject was low while reading it.

  • Laura
    2019-06-09 14:30

    More about the rise of Russia than about Putin. I didn't think it was particularly well organized and found it rather disjointed.

  • Tom Webster
    2019-06-02 13:26

    Interesting and full of facts but seems to lack some focus.

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    2019-05-20 10:04


  • Tulonga
    2019-05-27 10:30

    Not bad.

  • Sebastião
    2019-05-21 09:05

    great exposition about how russia is ruled in scheme owned by a ex-kgb or fsb net.