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Books for Understanding the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

One year has passed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, heralding the largest armed conflict in Europe since World War II. To help make sense of the complex historical and political background of the conflict, explore this definitive reading list.

  • Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2nd edition by Serhy Yekelchyk, 9780197532119 (Published 2020)
  • Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation by Serhy Yekelchyk, 9780195305463 (Published 2007)
  • Ukraine and the Art of Strategy by Lawrence Freedman 9780190902889 (Published 2019)
  • Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus by Gerard Toal, H/C: 9780190253301; Pbk: 9780190069513 (Published 2019)
  • The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War by Mitchell A. Orenstein, 9780190936143 (Published 2019)
  • Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy J. Colton, 9780199917792 (Published 2016)
  • The Code of Putinism by Brian D. Taylor, 9780190867324 (Published 2018)
  • The Red Mirror: Putin’s Leadership and Russia’s Insecure Identity by Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, H/C: 9780197502938; Pbk: 9780197502945 (Published 2020)
  • The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past by Shaun Walker, H/C: 9780190659240; Pbk: 9780190058845 (Published 2018)
  • Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region by Scott Radnitz, H/C: 9780197573532; Pbk: 9780197573549 (Published 2021)
  • Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know by Erica Frantz, 9780190880200 (Published 2018)
  • Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order by Kathryn E. Stoner, 9780190860714 (Published 2021)
  • Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie by Elisabeth Schimpfössl, H/C: 9780190677763; Pbk: 9780197523797 (Published 2018)
  • Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea by Katie Stallard, 9780197575352 (Published 2022)
  • Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know by Bruce W. Jentleson, 9780197530320 (Published 2022)
  • The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Lovell, 9780199238484 (Published 2009)
  • Russia’s Empires by Valerie A. Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Suny, 9780199924394 (Published 2017)
  • Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century by Helen Thompson, 9780198864981 (Published 2022)
  • Bridling Dictators: Rules and Authoritarian Politics by Graeme Gill, 9780192849687 (Published 2021)
  • Russian History: A Very Short Introduction by Geoffrey Hosking, 9780199580989 (Published 2012)

(March 17, 2023)

2022 marks the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. For almost 300 years, Hadrian’s Wall was the northern frontier of the Roman empire. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of the emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122 and was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.
To commemorate this anniversary, we’re sharing a selection of titles exploring the history of Hadrian’s Wall, ancient Rome’s influence on British identity, the new approaches being developed in Roman archaeology, and more to read and enjoy.

Read synopses of these books by the OUP Classical Studies Team on the OUPblog

(September 5, 2022)


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