IBNA- American scholar Tony Woodbook's book ‘Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the New Cold War’ (2018) which delves into the heritage of Russian Leader for his country has been published in Persian.
The book has been translated into Persian by Pirouz Ashraf. Jahan-e Ketab Cultural Artistic Institute has recently released ‘Russia Without Putin’ in 232 pages.
It is impossible to think of Russia today without thinking of Vladimir Putin. More than any other major national leader, he personifies his country in the eyes of the outside world, and dominates Western media coverage of it to an extraordinary extent.
In Russia itself, he is likewise the center of attention for detractors and supporters alike. But as Tony Wood argues, this overwhelming focus on the president and his personality means that we understand Russia less than we ever did before. Too much attention is paid to the man, and not enough to the country outside the Kremlin's walls.
In this timely and provocative analysis, Wood looks beyond Putin to explore the profound changes Russia has undergone since 1991. In the process, he challenges many of the common assumptions made about contemporary Russia.
Though commonly viewed as an ominous return to Soviet authoritarianism, Putin's rule should instead be seen as a direct continuation of Yeltsin's in the 1990s. And though many of Russia's problems today are blamed on legacies of the Soviet past, Wood argues that the core features of Putinism a predatory, authoritarian elite presiding over a vastly unequal society are integral to the system set in place after the fall of Communism.
What kind of country has emerged from Russia's post-Soviet transformations, and where might it go in future? Russia without Putin culminates in an arresting analysis of the country's foreign policy identifying the real power dynamics behind its escalating clashes with the West and with reflections on the paths Russia might take in the 21st century.
An Assistant Professor of Colorado University, Tony Wood specializes in the political and social history of modern Latin America. He earned his PhD at New York University in 2020, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in Latin American Studies at Princeton from 2020–2022.
He initially trained as a specialist on Russia and the former Soviet Union, earning a BA from the University of Cambridge (UK) and an MA from University College London. He is the author of ‘Chechnya: The Case for Independence’ (2007) and ‘The Myths of the New Cold War’ (2018).