Russia 's History : A Chronicle Of Its People Surviving Invasion After Invasion

817 Words Mar 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Russia’s history is a chronicle of its people surviving invasion after invasion (The Geopolitics). The country, whose landmass stretches across both Europe and Asia, has no rivers, oceans, or mountains protecting its borders (Marshall). Instead, Russia solely relies on its inhospitable climate for its defense (The Geopolitics; Ponsard). Nevertheless, their harsh winters are not enough a deterrent for invaders who, traditionally, have come in from the Steppes and the North European Plain (The Geopolitics). To combat these geographic vulnerabilities, Russian leaders expanded their land holdings in an attempt to create buffers (The Geopolitics). As noted by Spykman, countries who control the rimlands, or buffers, will ultimately be able to control Eurasia (The Role). This theory may explain numerous actions that Russia or USSR have taken in the past. In order to secure the safety and power of their country, Russia/USSR needs to control the rimland states to maintain access to sea routes. Consequently, without these rimland states, Russia will be susceptible to opposing nations or groups attempting to ‘contain’ the global power in like in the Cold War (Tiney).
One event that has been in recent news is the Russian military moving into the Crimea region of Ukraine in the beginning of 2014. The Crimean Peninsula is a pro-Russian part of Ukraine with half of the population being ethnic-Russian (Everything). Additionally, this region also houses Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the port…

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