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A History of Russia

By Nicholas Riasanovsky

Oxford University Press
Paperback (816 pages)

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Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country's history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia's history--political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural--with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since 1991 explore Russia's complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.

Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume history available, A History of Russia is also available in two split volumes--the first covers early Russia through the nineteenth century and the second ranges from 1855 to the present. Volume II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia's modern history to the events that preceded it.

Russia: A History

By Gregory L. Freeze

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Released: 2009-11-23
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Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a brisk, exciting tour of Russia's long journey from its Kievan origins," Russia: A History cuts through the myths and mystery that have surrounded this nation from its earliest days, with startling revelations from classified archives that until recently were not even known to exist. A distinguished team of historians has stripped away the propaganda of the past to tell the definitive story of Russia, from tenth-century Kiev and Muscovy through empire and revolution to the fall of Communism and the "new order" of the early 21st century. What emerges is a nation of extremes--of imperial opulence and abject poverty, tyrannical power and subversive resistance, artistic achievement and economic crisis, glittering cities and frozen steppes. A compelling story in its own right, it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Russia and its place in the world. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to take into account developments under Vladimir Putin.

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

By Masha Gessen

Riverhead Books
Released: 2017-10-03
Hardcover (528 pages)

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

The visionary journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. 

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own—as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

By Orlando Figes

Picador USA
Released: 2003-10-17
Paperback (768 pages)

Natasha s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
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Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, Figes reveals the spirit of "Russianness" as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory--and more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.

Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

By Geoffrey Hosking

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Russia's sheer size has made it difficult to mobilize resources and to govern effectively, especially given its harsh climate, vast and vulnerable borders, and the diversity of its people. In this Very Short Introduction, Geoffrey Hosking discusses all aspects of Russian history, from the struggle by the state to control society to the transformation of the nation into a multi-ethnic empire, Russia's relations with the West, and the post-Soviet era. Hosking, a leading international authority, examines Russian history in an impartial way, arguing that "Good Russia" and "Bad Russia" are one and the same. He also evaluates important individuals in Russian history, from Peter the Great and Catherine II to Lenin and Stalin.

A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Paul Bushkovitch

Paul Bushkovitch
Paperback (518 pages)

A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
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Accessible to students, tourists, and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art, and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Mendeleev in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system, and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.

Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East

By Martin Sixsmith

The Overlook Press
Released: 2013-12-31
Paperback (624 pages)

Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East
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Combining in-depth research with his personal experiences

As the BBC Moscow correspondent for almost twenty years, Sixsmith tells Russia's full and fascinating story, from its foundation in the last years of the tenth century to the first years of the twenty-first, skillfully tracing the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past. Covering politics, music, literature and art, he explores the myths Russians have created from their history.

Marking the twentieth anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of Russia and its unique place in the modern world.

Russia: History of Russia: Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putin, Tsars and Revolutions - All Shaping Russian Culture and Russian History

By Ian Maslow

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History of Russia: Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putin, Tsars and Revolutions – All Shaping Russian Culture and Russian History 
The Eurasian continent is dominated by Russia – the country whose history and destiny have unfolded there throughout the centuries. From the Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin, this book presents the highlights of this country’s history – the elements that shaped its future and influenced its development.
Empires aren’t built in a day. Russia makes no exception to this rule. Over the centuries, this country has been both a victim and an attacker, attaining, at times, the peak of military genius and civilization.
This book includes an outline of each significant phase in Russia’s history. The purpose is to highlight the features that characterize Russia, its victories, and failures.
In this respect, one will come to realize how the Russian Federation earned such a prominent place in the world.
Get acquainted with the personalities that made Russia what it is today, namely: Vladimir the Great, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin and many others. This book takes you through the major events that shaped Russia: the reigns of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Imperial Russia, the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalin’s domination, the two World Wars, the Cold War and the end of the USSR. Since the reign of the first Russian ruler – Prince Oleg – this country was led by two types of leaders: visionary and barely incompetent.
Everything about Russia’s history is attractive. It experienced a range of paradigm shifts that brought the country on the edge of collapse for repeated times.
Rediscover this empire’s individuality and start your journey through Russia’s history today!

Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 - 1921

By Laura Engelstein

Oxford University Press
Hardcover (856 pages)

Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 - 1921
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October 1917, heralded as the culmination of the Russian Revolution, remains a defining moment in world history. Even a hundred years after the events that led to the emergence of the world's first self-proclaimed socialist state, debate continues over whether, as historian E. H. Carr put it decades ago, these earth-shaking days were a "landmark in the emancipation of mankind from past oppression" or "a crime and a disaster." Some things are clear. After the implosion of the three-hundred-year-old Romanov dynasty as a result of the First World War, Russia was in crisis-one interim government replaced another in the vacuum left by imperial collapse.

In this monumental and sweeping new account, Laura Engelstein delves into the seven years of chaos surrounding 1917 --the war, the revolutionary upheaval, and the civil strife it provoked. These were years of breakdown and brutal violence on all sides, punctuated by the decisive turning points of February and October. As Engelstein proves definitively, the struggle for power engaged not only civil society and party leaders, but the broad masses of the population and every corner of the far-reaching empire, well beyond Moscow and Petrograd.

Yet in addition to the bloodshed they unleashed, the revolution and civil war revealed democratic yearnings, even if ideas of what constituted "democracy" differed dramatically. Into that vacuum left by the Romanov collapse rushed long-suppressed hopes and dreams about social justice and equality. But any possible experiment in self-rule was cut short by the October Revolution. Under the banner of true democracy, and against all odds, the Bolshevik triumph resulted in the ruthless repression of all opposition. The Bolsheviks managed to harness the social breakdown caused by the war and institutionalize violence as a method of state-building, creating a new society and a new form of power.

Russia in Flames offers a compelling narrative of heroic effort and brutal disappointment, revealing that what happened during these seven years was both a landmark in the emancipation of Russia from past oppression and a world-shattering disaster. As regimes fall and rise, as civil wars erupt, as state violence targets civilian populations, it is a story that remains profoundly and enduringly relevant.

Russia : A Concise History

By Ronald Hingley

Thames & Hudson
Paperback (224 pages)

Russia : A Concise History
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Tremendous changes in Russia have enhanced the special fascination which this powerful, enigmatic country has so long held for the world at large.

Russia's history, from her beginnings as a pagan Slav community centered on Kiev to superpower status, has its own unique rhythm. Appalling calamities have shaped Russia: the Time of Troubles; the Napoleonic invasion; two world wars separated by a great civil war; a multitude of famines and epidemics. Not least among these scourges have been leaders such as Ivan the Terrible and Joseph Stalin.

In this revised and updated edition, Ronald Hingley considers the recent astonishing developments: the first steps towards liberalization, the collapse of communist rule throughout Russia's former satellite states, and above all the demise of Soviet communism and the disintegration of the USSR.

Russia's present can be better comprehended as the latest chapter in a long and enthralling history; a history―evoked here with the aid of over 200 illustrations―which is now being energetically reassessed by the Russians themselves. 205 black-and-white illustrations


 
 
 

 
 
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