Ukraine War Has Exposed the Folly – And Unintended Consequences – Of ‘Armed Missionaries’

February 17, 2023


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5-15 mins
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Presented by The Conversation

In an article for The Conversation, Ronald Suny, a U-M professor of history and political science, explores the idea of Putin as an “armed missionary,” a term initially coined by the French statesman and revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre in 1792. Suny defines the term and discusses imperial overreach, the concept of a multipolar world order, and the changing regional and global power struggles in light of the war.

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