Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft

Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft

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Since Russian leader Vladimir Putin assumed power in August 1999, speculation about his character, motives, and plans for Russia’s future has been rampant in the West. A portrait of Putin has emerged in the West that is one-dimensional, ill informed, and diametrically opposed to the image of Putin the majority of Russians hold. Even after he stepped down as president in May 2008, retaining a significant measure of power as prime minister under his hand-picked successor, President Dmitri Medvedev, Putin remains poorly understood. In this interpretive biography of Putin, Allen C. Lynch seeks to reconcile the two conflicting images and find out just where the truth lies about the man and the statesman.

Westerners view Putin as an authoritarian holdover from the Soviet era who has clamped down on domestic opposition, freedom of the press, and other elements of a functioning democracy and who has relentlessly exerted Russian influence abroad, challenging the West and seeking to control its post-Soviet periphery. Most Russians, in contrast, are likely to be grateful to Putin for presiding over an economic recovery and reasserting Russian dignity on the world stage. A complete apprehension of the Russian leader, according to Lynch, requires an understanding of the way in which Putin’s personal experiences and critical events in recent Russian history have shaped his outlook. Lynch convincingly demonstrates how a complex interplay of Russia’s post-Soviet circumstances and the particular path of Putin’s career have informed his choices as leader.


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Lynch (politics, U. of Virginia) presents a biography of Vladimir Putin for general readers that explains why Americans and Russians have contrasting views of his achievements and evaluates his political record. He argues that Putin's choices as Russia's leader have been impacted by its post-Soviet circumstances and his socialization, character traits, and experiences before his political life. He traces Putin's formative years, family background, and early socialization in his family, school, at college, and in the KGB; his post-Soviet years as deputy mayor of St. Petersburg and his move to Moscow in 1996; his Moscow years as lieutenant of Kremlin officials, culminating in his appointment by Boris Yeltsin as prime minister in 1999; and his time as prime minister and acting president, including the problem of the Chechen war of secession. He then takes an analytical and topical approach to issues in Russian domestic and foreign policy between 1999 and 2009, including how Putin stabilized the state and rectified economic and financial prospects; attempted partnerships with the US, Germany, and France; and faced challenges in asserting Russian predominance. He ends with an assessment of Putin's accomplishments and legacies. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
Since-Russian leader Vladimir Putin assumed Power in August 1999, speculation about his character, motives, and plans for Russia's future has been rampant in the West. A portrait of Putin has emerged in the West that is one-dimensional, ill informed, and diametrically opposed to the image of Putin the majority of Russians hold, Even after he stepped down as president in May 2008, retaining a significant measure of power as prime minister under his hand-picked successor, President Dmitri Medvedey Putin has remained poorly understood. In this interpretive biography, Allen C. Lynch seeks to reconcile the two conflicting images and find out just where the truth lies about the man and the statesman.

Westerners view Putin as an authoritarian holdover from the Soviet era who has clamped down on domestic opposition, freedom of the press, and other elements of a functioning democracy and who has relentlessly exerted Russian influence abroad, seeking to control its post-Soviet periphery and challenging the West. Russians, in contrast, are likely to be grateful to Putin for presiding over an economic recovery and reasserting Russian dignity on the world stage.

A complete understanding of the Russian leader, according to Lynch, is possible only when one takes into account how Putin's outlook has been shaped by his personal experiences and critical events in recent Russian history Lynch convincingly demonstrates how a complex interplay of Russia's post-Soviet circumstances and the particular path of Putin's career have informed his choices as a leader.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Ă2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781597975872
1597975877
1597972983
9781597972987
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 165 pages) : illustrations

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