The Sense of an Ending: Early Considerations for a Possible War Defeat of Nuclear-Armed Russia in Ukraine

The History Avenue Special Edition #1

The impact of military defeats over the course of Russian history has been radical and obvious: The consequences are pervasive and can include anything from radical reform to revolution. The saying “history repeats itself” is often discussed. While it may not hold in the strict sense, certain patterns recur due to the ingrained features of societies and systems. Russia and its extended and temporary variant, the Soviet Union, are marked by a population that is very unengaged in opposition to the government but is also not very supportive. Indifference has again and again turned into revolt and opposition when individuals’ life prospects, wealth and achievements were threatened.

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