Cynthia V. Hooper, an associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross and an affiliate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, is the author of a History News Network blog called “Post-Soviet Futures.” Her latest post discusses the differences between political fact and political theater.
“Throughout the centuries, Russian leaders have used the Crimea as a stage from which to send messages of greatness both to their own people and to the world, orchestrating elaborate pageants cast as victories of enlightenment values over poverty, ignorance, or outright barbarism,” writes Hooper. “These ‘scenarios of power’ have frequently involved a hefty element of artifice – and the decision of a whopping 97% of Crimean voters to endorse union with Russia is no exception.”
This “Holy Cross in the News” item is by Sara Bovat ’14 and Jacqueline Smith ’15.
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