Because the turbulent trajectory of Russia's foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union echoes previous moments of social and political transformation, history offers a special vantage point from which to judge the current course of events. In this book, a mix of leading historians and political scientists examines the foreign policy of contemporary Russia over four centuries of history. The authors explain the impact of empire and its loss, the interweaving of domestic and foreign impulses, long-standing approaches to national security, and the effect of globalization
Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction -Robert Legvold; Chapter 1. Living in the Hood: Russia, Empire, and Old and New Neighbors -Ronald Grigor Suny; Chapter 2. Russian Foreign Policy During Periods of Great State Transformation -Robert Legvold; Chapter 3. Domestic Conjunctures, the Russian State, and the World Outside, 1700-2006 -David McDonald; Chapter 4. How Persistent Are Persistent Factors? -Alfred J. Rieber; Chapter 5. Russian Concepts of National SecurityLawrence T. Caldwell; Chapter 6. Russia in Northeast Asia: In Search of a Strategy -Gilbert Rozman
Chapter 7. Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence Toward the West -Angela StentChapter 8 .Global Challenges and Russian Foreign Policy -Celeste A. Wallander; Contributors; Index
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