Non-Fiction Reading Assignment

For this assignment, we were asked to read and analyse a non-fiction text and then relate it to Things Fall Apart in English, and Imperialism in Humanities. Although not official, It is an interdisciplinary task. Here is the article I read, it is about the Crimea crisis in 2014.

Here is my thoughts on the article, and how I think it relates to Imperialism.

Name: 2014 Crimean Crisis

Please provide an MLA Citation of the Text:

“2014 Crimean Crisis.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Nov. 2014. Web. 11 May


Vocabulary: Some words I did not understand or did not have a clear understanding of.

Peninsula – A mass of land that is surrounded by water from three sides and is connected with mainland from the remaining.

Autonomous – Having the freedom to govern oneself and control it’s own affairs.

Interim – the intervening time.

Interpretation: I interpreted this article as an un-biased opinion about what is going on in Crimea right now. The majority of Crimean people voted in a referendum to become a part of Russia, however it was considered illegal, and many Crimean people did not want to be part of Russia. Meanwhile, Russian troops are transported to Crimea and Crimea is annexed.

Critical Analysis: I agree with the text, and think it is un-biased. It is only for informational purposes and has no opinions. However, it can easily be related the Imperialism and Things fall apart. The article explains that because of Ukrainian economy, there were riots; the president was deposition in Kiev. After this, Russia thinks that the new government is illegitimate and pro-Russian groups in Crimea start to take over the peninsula. However, it is suspected that the groups were Russian military men without insignia. The referendum was then held and many of the Crimean people voted to be under Russia.

I think that the situation over there is complicated, and it is a good idea not to have bias for one side, and that is exactly what this article does, nothing is hidden, and nothing is supported or shot down. For example, if the article was biased, it would not have something like “On March 27, the UN General Assembly passed a non-binding Resolution 68/262 that declared the Crimean referendum invalid and the incorporation of Crimea into Russia illegal,” (Wikipedia), instead, it would say something like “The referendum is invalid, but Russians think otherwise” or “The referendum is valid and the UN thinks it will lose power.”

V. Text Connection:

I think it is very similar to the situation between the Igbo people. There is a slight disturbance in the culture, which is tied to their governing, and the Igbo people are split up. There is one side of the people siding the outsiders, the imperialists, and the other for their own land. They will not fight because there is pressure of having to kill their own people, and their kinship and governing starts to fall apart. The same thing is happening in Crimea, there are people voting for the imperialists, and there are people who want their own land. But because of economical and worldwide pressure, they will not go to war. That would get many people in all sides killed.

When relating to Humanities, there is also a connection about what happened. Crimea was annexed by Russia, and this is a clear act of imperialism. Because of this, many other countries are surprised and the UN was ready to take action. This is similar to what we learnt in Humanities about the scramble for Africa. Each nation or country wants to be better than the other, and might even go to war. War was avoided by splitting up Africa, and it might be avoided again. We learnt that if that war were not avoided, it would have been World War 1. If this crisis is to cause a war, it would be World War 3.