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Michel Goya and Jean Lopez: "Ukrainians must not hope for a Russian collapse"

2023-06-07T16:02:05.601Z

Highlights: Two historians give a snapshot of the war in Ukraine. They deliver their analysis of the Ukrainian counter-offensive which, according to them, "has already begun" Michel Goya is a former naval officer and doctor of contemporary history. Jean Lopez is managing editor of Wars & History. Together they publish The bear and the fox, immediate history of the Ukraine war. It's too early. By definition, history is the distance from the event, a solid foundation in terms of sources. But the approach consisted of...


GREAT INTERVIEW - In a book gripping with clarity, the two historians give a snapshot of the war in Ukraine. They deliver to Le Figaro their analysis of the Ukrainian counter-offensive which, according to them, "has already begun".


Michel Goya is a former naval officer and doctor of contemporary history. Accustomed to military circles, he has also been very present in the media since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Jean Lopez is managing editor of Wars & History and historian, author of numerous reference works on the Second World War and the Soviet army.

Together they publish The bear and the fox, immediate history of the war in Ukraine.

You write an "immediate history of the war in Ukraine". What are the difficulties of writing about a conflict that is still ongoing? How to keep the distance sufficient? Wasn't it too early?

Jean LOPEZ.- Yes and no. Of course it's too early: the term immediate history is contradictory in itself. By definition, history is the distance from the event, a solid foundation in terms of sources, often printed. We had multiple sources, perhaps too many. But the approach consisted of...

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Source: lefigaro

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