Lost Kingdom, Serhii Plokhy does for Russia what only great historians can do - make the connections between the distant past and vital present feel relevant and alive. He brings Russia's centuries of struggle with nationalism and imperialism into the near focus of Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.
Lost Kingdom carefully and colorfully relates how the fires of history and myth burned from before the first tsars to Peter the Great, through the Bolsheviks, World War II, and the fall of the Soviet Union. With Russia everywhere in the news today, and every pundit pretending to be an expert,
Lost Kingdom is essential reading for those wishing to understand Russia beyond the headlines." (Garry Kasparov, author of
Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped)
Lost Kingdom is an erudite exploration of the contradictions of Russian nationalism, whose history shows it to be both inclusive and exclusive, universalistic and identitarian, often in quick succession or even simultaneously. A master historian on top of his game, Serhii Plokhy lays out the challenges this past presents for transforming Russia into a better country for its people and its neighbors." (Odd Arne Westad, author of
The Cold War: A World History)