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Propaganda and Ideology in the Russian–Ukrainian War

Author(s): Jon Roozenbeek

ISBN: 9781009244008
Publication Date: 23/5/24
Pages: 234
Format: Paperback
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine is one of the most important conflicts of the twenty-first century. With the start of military hostilities in 2014 also came an onslaught of propaganda, to both convince and confuse audiences worldwide about the war's historical and ideological underpinnings. Based on extensive research drawing on tens of thousands of news articles and hundreds of pages of legal documents and internal correspondence, this book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the role of propaganda, ideology, and identity in the Russian-Ukrainian war. It argues that, despite Russia's efforts to set up a media machine at home and abroad with eight years of propaganda legitimising Russia's presence in eastern Ukraine, Russia failed to vocalise a convincing alternative to Ukrainian nationhood. Instead, Russian propaganda backfired: Ukraine is now more united than ever before.

  • Offers a comprehensive history of the Russian-Ukrainian war – one of the most important military conflicts of the 21st century
  • Maps out the political machinations behind Russia's presence in Donbas, as well as why Russia's military goals have failed to materialise
  • Explains the role of group identity and political ideology in modern-day war propaganda
  • Uses 'big data' methods to analyse large volumes of (social) media content published during the war