April 5, 2014

Russia's Irrational, Deadly Sense of Honor

Peter Turchin, Aeon Magazine

The Associated Press

To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works.

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TAGGED: Crimea, Russia


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