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Lost Kingdom: A History of Russian Nationalism from Ivan the Great to Vladimir Putin

Serhii Plokhy


Allen Lane

European history;
Asian history;
History: earliest times to present day;
Colonialism & imperialism;


432 pages

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An astonishingly wide-ranging history of Russian nationalism chronicling Russia's yearning for Empire and how it has affected its politics for centuries In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine. While the world watched in outrage, this violation of national sovereignty was in fact only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the merging of imperialism and nationalism in Russia today by delving into its history.

Spanning over two thousand years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin have exploited existing forms of identity, warfare and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy. A strikingly ambitious book, Lost Kingdom chronicles the long and belligerent history of Russia's empire and nation-building quest.

By:   Serhii Plokhy
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   705g
ISBN:   9780241255575
ISBN 10:   0241255570
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and a leading authority on Eastern Europe. His previous books include The Gates of Europe, The Last Empire and Yalta: The Price of Peace.

[Praise for The Gates of Europe]: Clear and elegant... an indispensable guide to the tragic history of a great European nation -- David Blair Sunday Telegraph [Praise for The Gates of Europe] Admirable... In his elegant and careful exposition of Ukraine's past, Mr Plokhy has also provided some signposts to the future Economist [Praise for The Gates of Europe]: An assured and authoritative survey that spans ancient Greek times to the present day -- Tony Barber Financial Times

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