Iva Glisic reviews 'Who Lost Russia?: How the world entered a new Cold War' by Peter Conradi

Iva Glisic reviews 'Who Lost Russia?: How the world entered a new Cold War' by Peter Conradi

Who Lost Russia?: How the world entered a new Cold War

by Peter Conradi

OneWorld, $38.99 hb, 384 pp, 9781786070418

Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency has redefined many features of US politics, not the least of which has been the nation’s relationship with its former Cold War nemesis. ‘Wouldn’t it be nice,’ Trump asked while campaigning, ‘if we actually got along with Russia?’  This call for stronger Russian–American relations should have been unremarkable, particularly as it echoed a desire for closer cooperation with Moscow voiced by every newly minted US president since George H.W. Bush. Yet since his election Trump’s obsequious praise of Vladimir Putin, along with his brash disclosure of classified information to the Russian foreign minister – and ultimately the omnipresent sense that there is much more still to come on his dealings with the Kremlin – frame today’s rapprochement in very different terms. As the world seeks to make sense of this new political reality, it is hardly surprising that the study of post-Soviet Russia has become a topic of renewed popular interest.

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Published in August 2017, no. 393
Iva Glisic

Iva Glisic

Iva Glisic is a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia. Her forthcoming book explores the interplay between avant-garde art, politics, and ideology in late tsarist and early Soviet Russia.

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