Despite the mistaken view that this blog is somehow "pro-Putin" and "pro-Russian" ( though, yes, it stands up for ordinary Russians crushed and omitted from much Western writing on why Putin was able to build an authoritarian state ), it is being delayed by my work for Cracovia Urbs Europaea.
Many of the views expressed here will differ radically from that of Krakow's conservation movements as anti-Russian sentiment and nationalism is not always clearly distinguishable from admirable traits of patriotism, though most of the Poles I work with are patriots with a belief the Krakow Rada Mieijska is selling out the city to global corporations from elsewhere.
This sunny afternoon in Krakow I am buying the 2009 edition of Edward Lucas' dismal anti-Russian tract which Norman Davies made the mistake of supporting with a foreword. Naturally, it's slightly pradoxical I want Davies as UNESCO Professor of History at Jagiellonian University to support the conservation movement.
Hence my work to meticulously create a dossier on the actions of the Rad Meijska since 2006 as Davies rquested in reaction to my plea for his support. But the conservation movement is "anti-political" as it requires really that the Rada in Krakow sticks by its duties to protect Krakow's historical buildings from blighting by ads, tacky neon logos and so on.
No person who did not care for Poland or Krakow would do this. This blog is not anti-Polish nor pro-Russian and criticises atavistic nationalists in both countries spoling for ramping up conflicts and using history for current propaganda reasons. One reason that it is stunning that Davies cannot see that Edward Lucas does precisely that in The New Cold War.
The New Cold War is a fiction concocted by reckless pro-NATO expansionists for reasons Davies tends to overlook-the return of the Great Game in which all the players from the USA to Russia and China and the EU are vying cynically for pipiline control and control of oil and gas as a political lever.
Davies is a great historian but he tends to overlook that in the Great Game for oil and gas ( he writes a devastating criticism of the folly of the Iraq War in East and West by the way ) streches back to Brzezinski's plan to exploit Islamist to destabilise the Soviet Union and simultaneously open up the natural resources of the "stans" to Western control.