How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Happened

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It surfaced into the spotlight within a matter of days, after the Ukraine crisis that seemed to go on forever with the death toll’s increase and the continuing crimes against humanity; it happened. Russia made the move for Crimea, arguably one of many more to come, which will ultimately reinstate its place as an international superpower and a force to be reckoned with. To understand the events that led to this geopolitical decisions it is important to look into the history of the peninsula and later look at the repercussions it holds for the future. According to Taylor the Romans and Greek Empires initially referred it to as “Taurica”, and Crimea the name from which is commonly known today originates from the Tartars, which Taylor explains to be “ a Turkic ethnic group that emerged during the Crimean Khanate.” Edward Allsworth explains that the name is believed to mean “fortress” or “stronghold” mainly due to its rough landscape.

Crimea’s history with Russia begins in 1783, when it became an annexed state (Taylor). However, to most of those within the western sphere of schooling most commonly learn about Crimea from the Crimean war. It occurred from 1853 to 1856 and involved Russia, Sardinia, France, Britain, and the Ottoman Empire. After three years of arduous fighting Russia eventually lost the war, but it did manage the keep the treasured peninsula. After the fall of the Russian Empire, in 1921 Crimea became “ The Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic” and unquestionably part of the Soviet Union. In the following decades, Crimea much like the rest of Europe endured the strain of the Second World War, but surprisingly in 1945 it was gifted from Russia to the Ukraine. According to Taylor, there are a couple of possi...

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