A land war in Europe has quickly risen to the summit of “News Mountain.” For those of you who don’t know what News Mountain is, it’s a metaphor I just now made up in my head. News Mountain is a representation of the saliency of an issue, or how prominent an issue is in the newspapers, on news networks and on social media. The higher the saliency, the closer to the summit.
The present war in Ukraine is one of the most salient issues of today, so it sits at the top of News Mountain. However, the speed with which it rose to prominence might be confusing. If you’re like me and you haven’t been following the area closely for a long time, it may appear as though this conflict teleported to the top of News Mountain out of nowhere.
In fact, the roots of the war in Ukraine go far deeper than the last year, or the last 10 years, or the last 30 years. For much of the time, the issue has resided near the bottom of News Mountain. Unless you were actively interested in the region, you probably rarely heard commentary about Russo-Ukrainian relations. So if you’re trying to get a firmer grasp on how exactly we got here, here are a few titles focusing on the history of Russia, of Ukraine and of the current war.
The Revolution of Dignity, the Annexation of Crimea and War in Donbas
There we have it. Three nonfiction books, an online video lecture series, a book of poetry and a novel; a little something for everyone. Don’t say I’ve never done anything for you. If none of these match your style and you’re looking for something else, we also have a recommendations page and a display on the third floor with books on Russia and Ukraine. Come in and check it out!