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Russia and the East

Long Continuity of Interests and Engagement

Russia and the East

We Shall be Masters, Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin by Chris Miller, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2021; pp 384, $29.95 (hardcover).

 

The Indo–Pacific and East Asia are strategic centres for major and lesser powers. This region with critical sea lanes, huge resources and multiple civilisational nation states is the focus of countries that constitute it, as well as those who do not. Chris Miller’s book that stretches from the medieval to the modern period captures Russian interests, aspirations, links, and moves in the East. It is a magnum opus of academic detail and curiosity.

Most scholars on Russia never fail to note the Eurasian nature of Russia and how much it is a part of the Russian identity, soul seeking and examination that asks if it is a Western or Eastern civilisation. Miller looks beyond this debate. He looks at Russia’s Eastern interests beyond its own Far Eastern borders. He does this by digging out many unknown but archived stories.

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Updated On : 20th Nov, 2021

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