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The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It
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Mark B. Smith
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The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

Mark B. Smith


Allen Lane

European history;
Social & cultural history;
Russian Revolution;
The Cold War;
International relations


320 pages

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Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it?

Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning, malevolence and brutality. Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous?

Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. Whether Russia has been ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, it has always had a exceptional status in our imagination.

By:   Mark B. Smith
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   723g
ISBN:   9780241312766
ISBN 10:   0241312760
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark B. Smith teaches in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of King's College and of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of Property of Communists- The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev and the blog Beyond the Kremlin.

Fizzing with energy, Mark B. Smith's book explodes many myths about the Russians and compels us to reflect critically on ourselves. -- Simon Dixon, author of CATHERINE THE GREAT

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