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Russian-European Relations in the Balkans and Black Sea Region

Great Power Identity and the Idea of Europe

Authors: Samokhvalov, Vsevolod

  • Offers a timely contribution to the current debates on Russian-European relations, showing how Western academic discourse shaped Russian decision-making in the Ukraine crisis
  • Problematizes the term ‘great power identity’, which has become a common place in various studies of Russian foreign policy
  • Uniquely combines constructivist methodology with traditional policy analysis
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This book provides a detailed analysis of Russia’s ‘great power identity’ and the role of Europe in forming this identity. ‘Great power identity’ implies an expansionist foreign policy, and yet this does not explain all the complexities of the Russian state. For instance, it cannot explain why Russia decided to take over Crimea, but provided only limited support to break-away regions in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover, if Russia is in geo-economic competition with Europe, why has no serious conflict erupted between Moscow and other post-Soviet states which developed closer ties with the EU? Finally, why does Putin maintain relationships with the European countries that imposed tough economic sanctions on Russia? Vsevolod Samokhvalov provides a more nuanced understanding of Russia’s great power identity by drawing on his experience in regional diplomacy and research and applying a constructivist methodology. The book will appeal to students and scholars of international relations, in particular Russian-European relations, Russian foreign policy and Russian studies.

About the authors

Vsevolod Samokhvalov is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Liege, Belgium. He is also a Visiting Professor to the College of Europe. Vsevolod has worked as policy analyst and journalist in the Black Sea region, Balkans, London and Brussels.

Reviews

“The book adds to a growing body of empirically grounded, interpretivist research and significantly benefits from its author’s ability to explain complex processes in clear language. ... The book will appeal to the students of Russian foreign policy, Russian–European relations and the Balkans–Black Sea area. It will also be of interest to anyone engaged in comparative and theoretical research of national and international identities.” (Mikhail Molchanov, International Affairs, Vol.94 (3), 2018)

“The book not only provides an in-depth analysis of Russia’s national identity but also explores the very term ‘identity.’ … I would highly recommend this book—and not only to experts, academics, and politicians. Everyone who has an interest in the subject of East-West relations should pay attention to this publication.” (Ilya Yablokov, The Russian Review, Vol. 77 (2), April, 2018)

“The book will appeal to the students of Russian foreign policy, Russian–European relations and the Balkans–Black Sea area. It will also be of interest to anyone engaged in comparative and theoretical research of national and international identities.” (Mikhail Molchanov, International Affairs, Vol. 94 (3), 2018)



“The history of Russia's fractured relationship with and in Europe points to the enduring importance of identity. This study offers a rich contribution to the scholarly literature on the role of identity in Russian-European relations, with original and topical research on contemporary developments in the Black Sea and Balkans regions.” (Professor Roy Allison, University of Oxford, UK)

“As Russia's recent global escapades demonstrate full well, foreign policy making may involve more than the rational weighing of economic interests and geopolitical vectors. Foreign policy makers may also live out the reiteration of ancient myths and the recreation of symbolic, even sacred, geographies. Dr Samokhvalov lets us into the dream-world of Russian greatness, from Crimea and the Balkans to Kiev and the Baltics, and suggests how Russia's love/hate relationship with Europe is projected back and forth between this realm and the realm of foreign policy. Highly illuminating.“ (Professor Iver Neumann, LSE, UK)

“Vsevolod Samokhvalov helps us understand contemporary Russian relations with Europe and the world by exploring how Soviet and current Russian foreign policy elites understand their past. In particular, Soviet and Russian great power identity has been forged in contact and conflict with the frontier sweeping from the Black Sea to the Balkans, as imagined in historical fiction and universally read history textbooks. Samokhvalov opens the readers' eyes to an entirely new dimension of Russian foreign policy and its origins.” (Professor Ted Hopf, National University of Singapore)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Russian-European Relations: An “Unexpected” Crisis

    Samokhvalov, Dr. Vsevolod

    Pages 1-10

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  • Greatness, Identity, and Method

    Samokhvalov, Dr. Vsevolod

    Pages 11-39

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  • Writing Russianness, Greatness and Europe in the 1960s

    Samokhvalov, Dr. Vsevolod

    Pages 41-79

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  • Writing Russianess, Greatness, Europe, and the Balkans in the Late Soviet Discourse in 1980s

    Samokhvalov, Dr. Vsevolod

    Pages 81-125

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  • Russian-European Security Interaction and the Idea of Great Powerhood Between 1991–1999

    Samokhvalov, Dr. Vsevolod

    Pages 127-168

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52078-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52077-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84815-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Russian-European Relations in the Balkans and Black Sea Region
Book Subtitle
Great Power Identity and the Idea of Europe
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52078-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52078-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52077-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84815-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 290
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
Topics