“The Mongolians were the tools, and the victims, of a delusional psychopath driven by a fusion of religious, imperial and reactionary ideology. Ungern’s atrocities were a foreshadowing of worse things to come for the world, and both his life and the suffering he caused have been eclipsed by the greater horrors that followed.”
“…in some ways he had what Isaiah Berlin described as ‘borderlands syndrome’, the insecurity that comes from being on the fringes of a great empire, and which seems to produce an unusually high frequency of the most blindly cruel servants or leaders of these empires. Such men, including the Austrian Hitler, the Corsican Napoleon or the Georgian Stalin, developed, according to Berlin, either ‘exaggerated sentiment or contempt for the dominant majority, or else over-intense admiration or even worship of it…which leads both to unusual insights, and- born of overwrought sensibilities- a neurotic distortion of the facts’.”

James Palmer “The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia”

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