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Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands Hardcover – January 3, 2015
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When the Maidan Riots erupted in early 2014 the separate histories and cultures of the two halves of Ukraine clashed causing the current crisis. This book also has the advantage that it takes the events in the crisis up to September 2014 and gives some idea of the personalities involved in the East.
If you want to have some understanding of this crisis, then this is the book for you. I heartily recommend it.
However, if you've already got the basic story straight, this is a really good challenge to the way that story is usually told. Most treatments of this issue don't make any attempt to place the crisis in its proper international context, or to understand the Russian perspective. Furthermore, they often assume a very simplistic account of the relationships involved (Yanukovich was a Russian cat's paw, the Eastern rebels are mostly Russian soldiers, neither of which is true) This book does a good job correcting these imbalances. To really understand this crisis, you have to take account of the role of all the major players (the various Ukrainian factions, the Eastern rebels, Russia, the EU, the US). This is the only book I've seen that even makes a serious attempt to do that.
Finally, I think a hint of the book's quality can be seen by looking at the negative reviews. Most of them don't even attempt to answer any of Sakwa's point, but just rant about "Putinist propaganda" (how dare Sakwa make an attemptto look at things from more than one point of view?) The few reviews that do go into detail focus mainly on points that are peripheral to the main thrust of the book, and badly strawman Sakwa's arguments. This book is making all the right people uncomfortable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally misses the points and misrepresents what happened in Ukraine in 2012-15.Published 19 days ago by Mark Allen
Far from being balanced, this book is basically putinist propaganda rubbish that is basically a hit job on Ukraine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Swift
An excellent history of the Ukraine crisis.
I recommend it to anyone interested in knowing the hole story.
I found practically nothing of value in this book, the author is basically just presenting Russian propaganda about the Ukraine crisis in a quasi-academic form. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Al
This author uses does everything in his power to confuse the reader into thinking that somehow Russia did not simply violate international law and invade its neighbor. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book, scholarly, and free of the usual anti-Russia and anti-Putin biases. Tony Kevin, Canberra, Australia.Published 9 months ago by anthony c kevin
Far too often, people are too willing to accept the very poorly informed or blatantly biased presentations of events and take them as fact. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Peter De Simone
If you want to read how a western intellectual provides arguments to defend Putin's policy in Ukraine, then this is the book for you.Published 9 months ago by Lennart Kotsalainen