The historical investigation that I conducted deeply angered Putin. He desires revenge

Anjali Jain
Vladimir Putin attends an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson

What have I done to earn a place on the Russian Foreign Ministry sanctions list alongside a number of eminent Eastern Europe historians?
Although not the appropriate terminology for a maritime historian, my typical hunting grounds are the Mediterranean and the oceans beyond. However, perhaps Russia’s mandarins are aware that I am currently writing about the Black Sea.
Since the 18th century, during the tenure of Peter the Great, Russia has regarded the Black Sea as an essential gateway to the rest of the world. By way of Istanbul, the Ottoman sultans thwarted Russian efforts to reach milder waters. In order to reach their intended conquests, Russian vessels were forced to limp through the Baltic Sea, arriving in the Mediterranean via Gibraltar.

Putin has not lost site of the fact that the pursuit of Mediterranean harbors has emerged as a pinnacle of Russian foreign policy. Behold the Russian naval facility in Tartus, Syria, which is in close proximity to the British Sovereign facility Areas situated in Cyprus.
Putin’s conviction that he is the preeminent historian in Russia is reflected in the inclusion of historians on his most recent list of persona non grata. However, is he? Much hinges on the inquiry into Russia’s origins. As Putin revealed to Tucker Carlson, was the early medieval principality of Rus founded by Viking warriors or on Slavic principles?
The former president of Mongolia demeans Putin using a world map.
Dimitri Obolensky, a distinguished historian from Oxford and a direct descendant of the Viking noble Rurik, was delighted to identify them as Scandinavian traders and combatants who carved out territory in Belarus and Ukraine. They established themselves around a pre-existing settlement in Kyiv towards the end of the ninth century, transforming it into the capital of a principality whose administrators ultimately embraced eastern Orthodox Christianity.
This fostered a relationship between the Ottoman Empire and the Byzantine Empire in Constantinople that endured for the duration of the Black Sea and Istanbul’s centuries-long rule.
The Russian tsars aspired to reclaim Constantinople for Christendom. During the reign of Catherine the Great, they established colonies in Ukraine populated by Greeks and Russian serfs, who resided in newly-founded communities like Odessa and Mariupol. Kyiv’s Scandinavian rulers were proficient in a variety of Swedish. Among them stood Harald.
Numerous Russian historians have argued otherwise. During the Soviet era, the country’s early history was written off. They believed that state formation could only be accomplished by the indigenous population, which was predominately Slavic; these Slavs had ostensibly been ruled by Slav monarchs since the reign of Kyi, after whom Kyiv was named.
The open spaces north of the Black Sea have historically allowed mobile populations to pass through Ukraine: Buddhist Kalmyks, Christian Cossacks, ancient Scythians (whose leaders adopted Judaism), and Turkic Khazars (whose leaders adopted Judaism). The list is virtually infinite.
It is illogical to assert that a singular group has exerted dominion over these territories since the beginning of time. Contemporary Ukraine is a multicultural nation whose collective identity has been further solidified in the wake of the Russian invasion.
To write history effectively, one must employ concrete evidence. Opinions regarding what one would have liked to have transpired in the past that are merely personal have corroded the study of history. Putin’s historical account of Russia fails to overcome the initial obstacle.
David Abulafia is a distinguished emeritus professor of history at Cambridge University.

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