Push and pull factors behind Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Picking up from where we stopped – a brief recap is needed: we have surveyed the histories of Russia and Ukraine (as disparate yet overlapping entities) from the 16th century straight through to the tail-end of the 20th century. The question now, however, is – why does this all matter when it comes to the contemporary Ukrainian crisis?
There are two obvious reasons why history matters – the first concerns the "push" factors, e.g. motivating incentives that propelled and underpinned active actions; the second pertains to the "pull" factors, e.g. constraints and deterrents that have (until recently) successfully contained the territorial ambitions of Russia and the defensive paranoia of Ukraine. ...