Arise, Rossiya: The Return of Russia to World Politics
By Marcus Papadopoulos Ph.D.
ABOUT THE AUTHER:
Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos is a leading expert on Russia, and appears frequently on Sky News, BBC News, RT, Al Jazeera, Press TV, and Al Mayadeen as an analyst on contemporary Russian affairs. He also specializes in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia and is an analyst in matters relating to Syria, Iran, international relations in general and British politics. Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Modern History at London Guildhall University; took a Masters degree in Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London; and also at Royal Holloway, received a Ph.D. in 20th-century Russian history. The title of his doctoral thesis is: “British Official Perceptions of the Red Army, 1934-1945.” His academic paper on Russophobia for the International Likhachov Scientific Conference, and his speech at the House of Lords on the origins of the current tension between America and Russia, received significant media coverage. Marcus is a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery of the United Kingdom, in his capacity as publisher and editor of Politics First.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Arise, Rossiya expert Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos is a leading expert on Russia and appears frequently on Sky News, BBC News, RT, Al Jazeera, Press TV, and Al Mayadeen as an analyst on contemporary Russian affairs. He also specializes in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia and is an analyst in matters relating to Syria, Iran, international relations in general and British politics. Marcus earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Modern History at London Guildhall University; took a Masters degree in Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London; and also at Royal Holloway, received a Ph.D. in 20th-century Russian history. The title of his doctoral thesis is: “British Official Perceptions of the Red Army, 1934-1945.” His academic paper on Russophobia for the International Likhachov Scientific Conference, and his speech at the House of Lords on the origins of the current tension between America and Russia, received significant media coverage. Marcus is a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery of the United Kingdom, in his capacity as publisher and editor of Politics First.arters the course of Russian foreign policy under the helm of Vladimir Putin, from the time he ascended to power in the Kremlin to the present-day. The author of the book, Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, demonstrates his profound knowledge and understanding of the objectives of Russia on the international stage, and the methods upon which Moscow employs in pursuit of these, by examining the Kremlin’s relations with 25 countries which he avers to be of paramount importance to the Russian leadership, commencing with the near abroad, the former Soviet space, described by him as “imperative for Russia’s plan to fully resurrect the power and influence which it had globally wielded during the Soviet period.”
Dr Papadopoulos also relays to the reader the pitiful and lamentable condition of Russia that Putin inherited, and examines the policies and personalities of Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin which were to spell catastrophe for Soviet and then Russian power, both at home and abroad, the ramifications, of which, are still being felt inside Russia today. Arise, Rossiya is devoid of the prejudice towards Russia that has historically clouded the judgment of Western historians and analysts when assessing Moscow’s foreign policy goals; instead, the book has been written by someone who possesses an intimate comprehension of Russian history and the Russian people, as well as a mastery of the Russian structures of power and Russian policy-making, all, of which, is complemented by interviews with senior politicians and academics which the author secured for the purposes of this book.
Arise, Rossiya is indispensable for students, politicians, diplomats, journalists or lay people who seek to truly understand the origins and motives behind a Russian resurgence that the world is witness to today.
This is the best book written about contemporary Russia that I have read. It tells the story of how Russia, severally crippled after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has managed, to once again become a world power. The Cold War was replaced by a “New World Order,” designed to ensure the USA would establish “full spectrum dominance” over the world. Russia was the first target. In pursuit of this goal the USA – led NATO countries have violated international law, the United Nations Charter, broken promises and treaties, engineered regime changes, and have encircled Russia with new NATO members. Despite all that has been done and the trillions of dollars spent, Russia today has emerged as a potent world power. In today’s uncertain world, superpower rivalry must end and the war against Russia must stop. This book can play a role by calling upon US and NATO leaders to stop the silly charade of demonizing Russia and the Russian people.
James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Yugoslavia, Albania and Bulgaria.
Marcus Papadopoulos and publisher William Dorich has created the perfect message for the world as it emerges from the COVID-19 year, 2020, and starts to face an entirely new era. Arise, Rossiya: The Return of Russia to World Politics is important work because it shapes an understanding of global context which is not only different but patently more objective, than the West’s preoccupation with attempts to perpetuate the 20th Century global structure. The book does not attempt to shape a debate in terms of which great power in the post-COVID world has the most nuclear throw-weight, but rather how Russia will become—is becoming— a global power that has learned great lessons from Tsarist Russian imperialism on a regional scale, and Soviet imperialism on a global scale. And yet the re-emerging Russia is neither of its predecessors. It is, as Papadopoulos explains, something which needs to be viewed with fresh eyes and abandonment of prejudices. The book reflects a keen understanding of Russian and Soviet history and tendencies. But it is also immensely readable, and it will not leave the reader unchanged.
Gregory R. Copley, author of The New Total War of the 21st Century and the Trigger of the Fear Pandemic.
The good news: Arise, Rossiya: The Return of Russia to World Politics by Marcus Papadopoulos is a timely and valuable corrective to the malign myths about Russia and Russia’s place in the world that have become ubiquitous in Western centers of power and influence. The bad news: those most in need of that corrective are unlikely to read it. As a longtime denizen of the Washington policy apparatus, I find it difficult to imagine many of the Deep State critters whose worldview I came to know over many years would venture to crack open a book that shatters their malign, ignorant, and self-serving myths. While hoping my assessment is wrong, let us at least anticipate that skeptical minds tired of being force-fed a false narrative about Russia and Russians by our governmental, media, and academic elites will find in Dr. Papadopoulos’ analysis the factual ammunition to counter that narrative. A must-read book.
James George Jatras, retired US diplomat, former senior foreign policy adviser to the US Senate Republican leadership.
An excellent counterblast to the Russophobic propaganda of woefully ill-informed western media and academia. The book’s main message is that the world should not fear Russia but embrace it as a partner. Well-written and highly accessible, it is a great contribution to the seething debate about the sources and dynamics of Putin’s foreign and domestic politics.
Geoffrey Roberts, Emeritus Professor of History, University College Cork.
Marcus Papadopoulos’ Arise, Rossiya: The Return of Russia to World Politics is the book desperately needed in our fake news and ideologically driven world. He writes: “Today, in the corridors of power in Washington and in London, there is shock, together with indignation, at how Russia is a resurgent country in world politics, challenging American global supremacy.” Papadopoulos explains contemporary Russia as a result of the country’s historical resilience and the West’s perennial and arrogant misunderstanding of the Russian people. For the Washington Consensus, Papadopoulos will be deemed an outlier. For those of us who know Russia, we know he is spot on!
Peter Lavelle, host of RT’s CrossTalk.
“No mind can grasp the Russia stance; No yardstick measures her extensions; The splendid grace of Russia stands; Belief in her abhors pretensions.” That was written by the famous Russian poet and diplomat Fedor Tyutchev in 1866. More than a century and a half have passed since then but many people in the West, including high Government leaders and politicians, still have enormous illusions and delusions about Russia and her role in the contemporary world. Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos has made a very brave attempt in his book to reveal and refute the established myths about Russia and its politics, to show that Russia is not looking for conflicts with the West, but at the same time cannot allow anyone to learn her in a mentoring tone as to what is good and what is bad. For those who are interested in studying Russia and who wish to better understand this ‘incomprehensible’ country, Dr. Papadopoulos’ book is certainly of great interest.
Nikolai Topornin, Professor of Law, MGIMO-University, Moscow.