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Walter Louis Laqueur was born in Breslau, Germany on May 26, 1921. At the age of 17, he fled just a few days before Kristallnacht and found his way to Palestine, where he was known as Ze'ev. He worked briefly on a kibbutz before moving to Jerusalem, where he spent a year enrolled in the Hebrew mostrar mais University and covered the Middle East as a journalist. In 1955, he moved to London, where he was a founder and editor of The Journal of Contemporary History and a founder of Survey, a foreign affairs journal. From 1965 to 1994 he was director of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, a leading archive in London. He became a scholar of the Holocaust, the collapse of the Soviet Union, European decline, the Middle East conflict, and global terrorism. He wrote numerous books including A History of Zionism, A History of Terrorism, The Terrible Secret, Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, and The Future of Terrorism: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Alt-Right written with Christopher Wall. His memoirs included Thursday's Child Has Far to Go; Worlds Ago; Best of Times, Worst of Times; and Reflections of a Veteran Pessimist. He was also the editor of The Holocaust Encyclopedia. He died on September 30, 2018 at the age of 97. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Walter Laqueur

Fascism: Past, Present, Future (1996) 112 cópias
Weimar: A Cultural History (1977) 105 cópias
Terrorism (1977) 81 cópias
A History of Terrorism (2001) 37 cópias
Missing Years (1980) 15 cópias
The Holocaust Encyclopedia (2004) 11 cópias
Literature and Politics in the Twentieth Century (1967) — Editor — 10 cópias
Europa desps de Hitler (1970) 9 cópias
Germany Today (1985) 7 cópias
A dictionary of politics (1973) 5 cópias
Europa desps de Hitler (1985) 4 cópias
The rebirth of Europe, (1970) 4 cópias
Out of Ruins of Europe (1971) 3 cópias
Histoire du sionisme (Tome 1) (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
Jahre auf Abruf 1 exemplar(es)
Israel-Arab reader 1 exemplar(es)
Guerrilla Reader, The 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Africa: A Foreign Affairs Reader (1964) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias


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Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, by Walter Laqueur is a fascinating exploration of the reasons that Russia, whether under the Czars, the former Soviet Union or post-Soviet iterations has never been “able to get its act together.” Russia default mode is towards entropy of one kind or another, with a rich history of alcohol abuse, xenophobia, and zapadophobia (fear of the West). This has resulted in an ability to form alliances or relationships with other countries that are not contentious; unless they are in a dominating or controlling mode.

This malevolent history harks back at least to such Czarist era author and poets as Nikolay Danilevsky (1822-1885), Alexander Pushkin (author of, among other poems, To the Slanderers of Russia) and Georgy Fedotov. The core belief is of Russia being a “great” country, an empire. Russia is not content to be a country with a comfortable standard of living, but not much dominant power.
Around 1990-1, there was great expectation for Russia to democratize, to become a “normal” country, a member of the community of nations. Laquer makes a great case that this was a triumph of hope over experience, much like a third marriage after a succession of divorces.

Among other shortcomings, Russia lacks a real economy. Instead it is a gas station, a petrostate. Laquer expresses little hope for its economy if oil prices remained in the $50 per barrel area. The book was written in 2015; oil has fluctuated around $55-$60, far below the level of $90 - $140 which would be optimal for Russia.

Some international theorists have postulated that the West lost a historic opportunity by not integrating Russia into NATO, and expanding NATO’s reach to the Baltic states. Walter Laquer dismissing these as wishful thinking.

The book earns “four stars” on Goodreads from me. The book was excellent but could have used a proofread. The book has typographical errors. Even within the space of two pages, the book frequently diverges from chronological order; confusing in any book partially about history.
But recommended, even mandatory reading for those with a serious interest in Russia or international politics.
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JBGUSA | outras 3 resenhas | Jan 2, 2023 |
Kuszma | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 2, 2022 |



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