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Author Yurchenko, Yuliya, author.

Title Ukraine and the empire of capital : from marketisation to armed conflict / Yuliya Yurchenko
Published London : Pluto Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 284 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Per aspera ad nebulae or to market throguh a hybrid civil war: survival myths of systemic failure -- Capitalist antecedents in the late USSR -- Social destruction and kleptocratic construction of the early 1990s -- Class formation and social fragmentation -- Neoliberal kleptocracy, FDI and transnational capital -- 'Two Ukraines, ' one 'family, ' and geopolitical crossroads -- The bloody winter and the 'gates of Europe' -- Geopolitics, the elusive 'Other, ' and the nebulous telos of Europe
Summary Since 1991, nominally independent Ukraine has been in turmoil, with the Orange Revolution and the Maidan protests marking its most critical moments. Now its borders are threatened and civil unrest and armed conflict continue to destabilise the country. In order to understand these dramatic events, Yuliya Yurchenko looks to the country's post-Soviet past in this ambitious analysis of contemporary Ukrainian political economy. Exploring the origins of the conflict, Yurchenko examines four central myths that underlie Ukraine's post-Soviet reality: the myth of transition, the myth of democracy, the myth of two Ukraines, and the myth of 'the other'. She sheds light on the current intensification of class rivalries, kleptocracy and resource wars, and analyses the potential dangers of the right-wing shift in Ukraine's polity, stressing a historic opportunity for change. Yurchenko offers a sweeping analysis which includes the wider neoliberal restructuring of global political economy since the 1970s, with particular focus on Ukraine's relations with the US, the EU, and Russia. This is a book for those wanting to understand the current conflict as a dangerous product of neoliberalism, of the empire of capital
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-277) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ukraine Conflict (2014- )
Ukraine Conflict, 2014-
HISTORY -- Europe -- Eastern.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Former Soviet Republics.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
Politics and government.
Social conditions.
Ukraine -- History -- 1991-
Ukraine -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Ukraine -- Social conditions -- 1991-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1786801817