Simon Montefiore claims that Putin has Country Email List read his book on Catherine the Great and the creation of Great Russia5and that he would like to place himself in the tradition of the Russian nation and empire builders, starting with Peter the Country Email List Great and going through Catherine. I am open to that point of view, but I have not seen any concrete evidence to convince me that this is more important to Putin than the Soviet aspect, which is, after all, closer to him. But it is certainly a quite plausible hypothesis. What aspects of Russian history give us Country Email List clues to analyze the invasion of Ukraine?
Putin himself has given us a clue in his Country Email List comments about the historical inseparability of Russia and Ukraine. He considers the origins of the current Ukrainian state to be in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, formed as a founding Country Email List member of the ussr in the 1920s. This implies that a close relationship with Russia (in Soviet times, the Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of Russia) is embedded in the Ukrainian identity. The Country Email List question of Ukraine's fate within the USSR is complicated. is the ussrthe one that recognized Ukraine as a national entity in the early 1920s, in contrast to the Western.
Allies after World War I, who refused to Country Email List do so. In the 1920s there were conflicts over "bourgeois nationalism" in the Ukraine. In the famine of the early 1930s (called "Holodomor" by Ukrainians, and a key part of the national history of the post-Soviet Country Email List Ukrainian state), Ukrainian peasants were the main victims (although peasants in other grain-producing regions , like the south of Russia and Kazakhstan, also suffered a lot); and the Country Email List Ukrainian Party leaders, along with those of other national republics and regions, fell victim to the Great Purges at the end of the decade.