Comments on: Russia Fractures, Part 1: The Political Geography of the Russian Revolution http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/ Speak Victorian, Think Pagan Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:12:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 By: ComingAnarchy.com » Russia Fractures, Part 2: The Political Geography of the Soviet Breakup http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389551 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 12:05:19 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389551 [...] Part 1, I looked at the rapid breakup and reassembly of the Russian Empire during the Russian Revolution. This post portrays with maps the breakup of the Soviet Union from 1989-1991. Again, the primary [...]

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By: Michael http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389541 Sat, 06 Jun 2009 03:13:02 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389541 It seems that size is no impediment to rapid reconstruction of Russa, either.

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By: Curzon http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389519 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 13:58:16 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389519 Because I’m an amateur comp graphix artist.

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By: e http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389517 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 11:38:01 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389517 why maps shows Finland and Estonia, but doesn’t cover other western Russian Empire teritories, which gained independence in 1918 – Latvia, Lithuania and Poland?

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By: Joe Jones http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389514 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 01:22:36 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389514 The Russians have more reason to be paranoid of the new European republics than of Poland. If Ukraine or Belarus decides to turn against “the motherland,” they are only a stone’s throw away from Moscow. Muscovy has lost the strategic depth it enjoyed during the imperial and Soviet days, when it could use the forced march through Ukraine and Belarus to wear out the likes of Napoleon and Hitler.

The only area I can really imagine breaking out is the Russian Caucasus — an area with tons of oil that could stand on its own, even in a fragmented state. The Russian Far East seems like it wouldn’t get much benefit by leaving Moscow’s control. But I admit that I am not well-versed in the geopolitics of the region, so maybe there are other factors worth considering.

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By: Bob Harrison http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389509 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 17:40:50 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389509 Russia is the most indefensible country in the world. Only vast plains and steppes separate Russia from every corner of Eurasia. The Northern European plain is especially dangerous, it has brought everyone from the Teutonic knights to the Nazi Wehrmacht to within miles of Moscow. Its hard to imagine any Neo-Mongolian empire emerging so Russia’s southern flank is relatively secure and Russia (for the time being) holds the strategic upper hand with regards to China.
I doubt any Russian generals would admit it, but I think Poland frightens them the most. A NATO backed, well trained, modernized Poland along with the Baltic states in NATO is quite frightening from the Russian point of view. Add the specter of Ukrainian nationalism and one can see why Russians are so paranoid!

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By: ElamBend http://cominganarchy.com/2009/06/02/political-geography-of-the-russian-revolution/comment-page-1/#comment-389508 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 14:12:41 +0000 http://cominganarchy.com/?p=4679#comment-389508 My favorite part of the revolutionary period Russia story it that the Czech legion controlled the whole trans-Siberian railroad AND had captured the train carrying the Tsar’s gold. They had the main transportation link and all the money.

They handed over the tracks and the gold so that they could return home and form an independent Czechoslovakia, but the legend is that they kept one rail car of gold to start the Czech Legion Bank.

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