Ukraine’s Orange Revolution Andrew Wilson

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
20 Oct 2005
ISBN:
9780300112900
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
256 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
12 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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A close-up account of the 2004 popular revolution in Ukraine, and what it means

The remarkable popular protest in Kiev and across Ukraine following the cooked presidential election of November 2004 has transformed the politics of eastern Europe. Andrew Wilson witnessed the events firsthand and here looks behind the headlines to ascertain what really happened and how it will affect the future of the region.


It is a dramatic story: an outgoing president implicated via secret tape-recordings in corruption and murder; a shadowy world of political cheats and manipulators; the massive covert involvement of Putin’s Russia; the poisoning of the opposition challenger; and finally the mass protest of half a million Ukrainians that forced a second poll and the victory of Viktor Yushchenko.


As well as giving an account of the election and its aftermath, the book examines the broader implications of the Orange Revolution and of Russia’s serious miscalculation of its level of influence. It explores the likely chain reaction in Moldova, Belarus, and the nervous autocracies of the Caucasus, and points to a historical transformation of the geopolitics of Eurasia.

Andrew Wilson is senior lecturer in Russian and Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London. He is author of The Ukrainians and Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World, both published by Yale University Press. 

Winner of the 2005 Alec Nove Prize awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies


Selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2006 by Choice Magazine


“Wilson has a rare ability to penetrate beneath the often misleading surface of politics and discover the deeper patterns and processes at work.”—Anatol Lieven, author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism and Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power




“Wilson has a rare ability to penetrate beneath the often misleading surface of politics and discover the deeper patterns and processes at work.”—Anatol Lieven, author of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism and Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power