A comprehensive and revelatory history of modern Belarus—from independence to Lukashenka's contested 2020 re-election
"Andrew Wilson has done all students of European politics a great service by making the history of Belarus comprehensible, and by showing how the future of Belarus might be different than its present."—Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands
Protests continue in Belarus in the aftermath of 2020's fraught presidential election. In this updated edition of his exploration of Belarus's complicated road to nationhood since it gained independence in 1991, Andrew Wilson has added two new chapters that reveal the extent of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s grip on power, the growth of the opposition movement and the violent crackdown that followed the vote. Wilson also examines the prospects for Europe as a whole of either Lukashenka’s downfall or his survival with Russian support.
Andrew Wilson is professor in Ukrainian studies at University College London and a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation and Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West.
“This new edition brings Belarusian history up to the present day. With changes, especially after 2014, this was increasingly needed.”—Stephen Hall, Eurasian Geography and Economics
“In this version, the most comprehensive analysis of post-1991 Belarus available today, the author has added a new introduction, two additional chapters (Chapters 13 and 14), a new conclusion, eight more photographs, an updated appendix of economic indicators and an enhanced index. These recent materials investigate Lukashenka’s political machinations in the decade since 2011.”—George O. Liber, Europe-Asia Studies
'Andrew Wilson's incisive and accurate judgment and the depth of his research make him a true expert. His ability to convey the complexities of the region's murky politics and tortured history is unparalleled.' - Edward Lucas, Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist
'Andrew Wilson has done all students of European politics a great service by making the history of Belarus comprehensible, and by showing how the future of Belarus might be different than its present.' - Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
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