Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Russia is Russia

Almost like clockwork:

1939: Poland

1948: Berlin Blockade

1956: Hungary

1968: Czechoslovakia

1979: Afghanistan

1991: Moscow(!)

1999: Kosovo

2008: Georgia

2014: Ukraine

3 comments:

Cathy said...

And the beat goes on . . .
But we know who isn't calling the tune anymore. Nature abhors a vacuum.

tomflint said...

A nice historical series! Let's see what 2023 +/- 2 years brings. (average ~9 yrs, sigma ~2 yrs)

But I think the Crimea invasion reflects more a falling empire's insecurity and fear, rather then expansionist mood.

-Tom

Jody Wilson said...

Russia's fortunes, particularly its influence in Europe, have waxed and waned over the centuries. The Russian Empire in the mid-19th century was one of the largest empires in history. Revolution and foreign intervention after WWI saw a decline in power, but after WWII, Russia (in the form of the USSR) rose again to became one of only two "superpowers".

Compared to many countries in Europe today that suffer from lower fertility rates, higher debts, and fewer natural resources, I suspect Russia has more staying power. I fear that Russian military aggression will be a reality for a long time to come.