A War Made in Russia

Book Talk
Event Format
In person
K262, Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Russia’s war in Ukraine was not merely a whim or obsession of Putin’s; instead, it was the result of two decades of authoritarian degradation and post-imperial ressentiment, a culmination of Putin’s regime and of Russia’s entire imperial history. Building on his prize-winning book The Return of the Russian Leviathan, Sergei Medvedev argues that it was not only Putin who started this war but Russia itself, which, by and large, has imagined and embraced it with enthusiasm, seeking to relive its own military glory and colonial past.

Refreshments will be provided. 



The event is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.


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