Exploring the "Weimar Russia" analogy
Russell, Gary P.
Yost, David S.
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The "Weimar Russia" analogy is based on a comparison between the failures of the Weimar Republic in Germany (1918-33) and the current problems of post-Soviet Russia. The premise of the analogy is that initial advances toward democracy and economic stabilization might fail and that an authoritarian leader might assume power, rearm, and destabilize the Eurasian continent. The comparison has been the subject of academic conferences, books, journal articles, news stories, and miscellaneous comments. This thesis examines the following elements of the comparison: Defeat in War: Revolution as the Internal CauseLoss of Territory and ResourcesEconomic TurmoilPolitical Systems, Governments, and LeadersDecline of the MilitaryThe Diaspora and the Desire for an Ethnically-based Nation-StateRevanchism and Irredentismand Fascism and Anti-Semitism. While some analysts question the validity of the comparison, the "Weimar Russia" analogy commands attention from experts in Russian affairs and government officials concerned with the future of Russia.
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