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Books in brief: Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi

Conradi’s narrative manages to tell a complex story—with a much-needed sense of balance

By JP O'Malley   February 2017

5145-4i8dXL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi (Oneworld, £18.99)

The year 1991 was a turning point for global politics: it saw both the disbanding of the Warsaw Pact, as well as the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The narrative western politicians and intellectuals told at the time was a simple one: communism had failed and western liberal capitalism had won. Consequently, so the story went, Russia would gladly turn its head westwards and in time become a liberal democracy. Central and Eastern European states, meanwhile, would finally get to choose their own destinies.

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