Toal G Near abroad Putin the West and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus

Review :

This is a great look at Russia's interests in Ukraine and Georgia in the early 21st century. Toal comes at it with a very detailed perspective, while keeping it easy to understand. Going over both Ukraine and Georgia in separate chapters, as well as Russia, he looks at how they both developed in the post-Soviet era and tried to distance themselves from Russian influence, only to have pushback and ultimately conflict. For those already familiar with the events there it won't add much new information, but it is great for someone first looking at the topic, and to have all this in one source is also a great thing.

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