Alexander J. Motyl

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American historian

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Alexander J. Motyl is a recognized expert on Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union, as well as a professor of political science for Rutgers University. He earned a B.A. in history, an M.Phil and a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University. In addition to his extensive work on Russia and Ukraine, he is also an accomplished fiction writer, artist, and poet.

Among his artistic pursuits are such novels as Fall River, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, and Who Killed Andrei Warhol. He is a painter and poetry reader in New York City.

In Imperial Ends: The Decline, Collapse, and Revival of Empires, he suggests that the political structure of empires tended to have a core and a periphery, but had centralized governance at the core, with little to no interrelationships along the periphery. Power existed at the center only. In his study of these imperial structures, he examined the Akkadian Empire, Russian Empire, Aztec Empire, and Mongol Empire. Among those empires, he found three kinds of structures, continuous (continental), discontinuous (intercontinental), and hybrid (a combination of both). He is also the author of The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919-1929.

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According to Wikipedia, Alexander John Motyl is an American historian, political scientist, poet, writer, translator and artist-painter. He is a resident of New York City. He is professor of political science at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey and a specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the Soviet Union.

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