March 17, 2022

War in Ukraine: A Historical View


Vladimir Brovkin is a former Associate Professor of Soviet History at Harvard. He is the author of numerous books on Russia. He spoke in Congress in September 1999 on a panel about Russian Corruption and Money Laundering.

Video Title: War in Ukraine: A Historical View. Source: Vladimir Brovkin. Date Published: March 2, 2022. Description: 

This video discusses the historical background of the war in Ukraine, focusing on the formation of different identities and allegiances in east and western Ukraine over the centuries. In this way, I follow the long-term and the short-term causes of the war that is raging in Ukraine today. Speaking of the short-term causes, the factor of US attempts to bring Ukraine into NATO after the Maidan revolution and the secession of Donbas is seen in the context of the nationalist transformation of the Maidan revolution into a neo-Nazi nationalist regime, that banned the Russian language even in Russian speaking areas. And finally, I discuss Putin's ultimatum to the West, its rejection, and the path to war.

Dr.Brovkin is a Russian-born American historian, now retired who served as an Associate Professor of Soviet History at Harvard University. He is the author of several books on Russian Soviet history, such as Russia After Lenin, and Behind the Front Lines of the Civil War, all available on Amazon.