The World War II

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There are many places on Earth that have a disputable history. Crimea is somewhere in the top of those places. This is due to the very complex situations that this peninsula and its inhabitants have faced throughout the history. Undoubtedly, history is one of the complex factors that played a crucial role and ultimately led to the seizure of the peninsula. First inhabitants of Crimea were the Cimmerian people in the 5th century B.C. They were followed by Greeks in the 1st century B.C. and then by Romans in 1st A.D. During the next millennium, the peninsula was overrun by many tribes. Among these tribes were Mongols and the Byzantines. Golden Horde, the Tatars, settled in Crimea in the 15th century. The Tatars are considered Crimean…show more content…
All these historical facts are important because they show how much different all the countries that conquer, colonized or annexed the peninsula were. Furthermore, all these countries, especially USSR, were trying to influence and even displace the population. By the end of WWII, only 25% of the local population were Tatars and in 2001 even worse – only 12% of the total population were Tatars. Meanwhile, the percentage of Russians increased to 59% (Piticar 2014, 439). According to the above demographics, in Crimea there was almost no native population by 2014. The result of this situation was felt prior and during the annexation process of Crimea in February – March 2014. When it became obvious that an invasion force was aggressing the peninsula, many people were actually happy to see that force and even helped it achieve its objectives. The reason was simple – even if Ukrainian citizens, these people were of Russian ethnicity. All the above represent an important factor that lead to the seizure of the Crimean peninsula. Another historical factor can be considered the point that Crimean inhabitants had lived a “Russian way of life” for a long period. Even after the soviet era, the Russian way of life continued almost at the same pace in the Crimean peninsula, just like it did in other ex-Soviet countries. It was common to watch Russian television, send children to Russian schools, listen to Russian news, etc. (Shuster
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