Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin: Honor in International Relations (Cambridge University Press, July 2012)


Since Russia has re-emerged as a global power, its foreign policies have come under close scrutiny. In Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin, Andrei P. Tsygankov identifies honor as the key concept by which Russia's international relations are determined. He argues that Russia's interests in acquiring power, security and welfare are filtered through this cultural belief and that different conceptions of honor provide an organizing framework that produces policies of cooperation, defensiveness and assertiveness in relation to the West. Using ten case studies spanning a period from the early nineteenth century to the present day – including the Holy Alliance, the Triple Entente and the Russia-Georgia war – Tsygankov's theory suggests that when it perceives its sense of honor to be recognized, Russia cooperates with the Western nations; without such a recognition it pursues independent policies either defensively or assertively.


1. Introduction


2. Honor in International Relations

3. The Russian State and Its Honor

4. Russia’s Relations with the West


5. The Holy Alliance, 1814-1853

6. The Triple Entente, 1907-1917

7. The Collective Security, 1933-1939

8. The War with Terrorism, 2001-2005


9. The Recueillement, 1856-1871

10. The Peaceful Coexistence, 1921-1939

11. Containing NATO Expansion, 1995-2000


12. The Crimean War, 1853-1856

13. The Early Cold War, 1946-1949

14. The Russia-Georgia War, August 2008

15. Conclusion