|Pages/Publication Date:||432 / 2017|
In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this blatant violation of national sovereignty was only the latest iteration of Russia's centuries-long effort to create a pan-Russian nation of all Rus' peoples. Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the confluence of Russian imperialism and nationalism today by delving into its history and what it means to be Russian—both ethnically and politically. Plokhy shows how, since the end of Mongol rule, leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin and finally Vladimir Putin have exploited existing forms of identity, warfare, and territorial expansion in their endless attempt to build a nation from an empire.