Marcel H. Van Herpen

“Putinism – The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia”

Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

In this original analysis of contemporary Russia, the author shows how Putin’s regime is a completely new, right-wing political model that combines features of Mussolini’s Italy with the 19th century Bonapartism of Napoleon III and 21st century populism of Berlusconi. An essential read.

Marcel H. Van Herpen

“Putin’s Wars – The Rise of Russia’s New Imperialism” (second edition)

Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

This book offers the first systematic analysis of Putin’s three wars, placing the Second Chechen War, the war with Georgia of 2008, and the war with Ukraine, in their broader historical context. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, the author analyzes in detail how Putin’s wars were prepared and conducted and why they led to allegations of war crimes and genocide. He shows how the conflicts functioned to consolidate and legitimate Putin’s regime and explores how they were connected with a fourth, hidden “internal war” against the Russian population.

Marcel H. Van Herpen

“Putin’s Propaganda Machine – Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy”

Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

This book examines Russia’s “information war.” The author argues that the Kremlin’s propaganda and “fake news” offensive is a carefully prepared strategy, implemented and tested over the last decade. The Russian propaganda machine quickly developed into one of the main instruments of Russia’s new imperialism – not only in its “hybrid war” against Ukraine, but also in its attempts to influence elections and political processes in Western countries.

Marcel H. Van Herpen

“Becoming Marx – How the Young Karl Marx Became a Marxist”

Cicero Foundation, 2016

Price: € 39 (postage and handling free of charge)

This book follows in detail the intellectual development of the young Marx. We are introduced in the theories of Schiller, Rousseau, Hegel, and Feuerbach that shaped his thinking and see how, from the beginning, Marx’s objectives are deeply ethical. Marx’s critique of human alienation and his critique of economic inequality will remain an enduring source of inspiration. The Dutch philosopher and official Thinker of the Fatherland (2011 – 2013) called the Dutch edition “an important book.”

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