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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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WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWLOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POSTBOSTON GLOBESEATTLE TIMESCHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NEWSWEEK, PASTE, and POP SUGAR


The essential 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. 

Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen 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.

A History of Russia

By Nicholas Riasanovsky

Oxford University Press
Paperback (816 pages)

A History of Russia
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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.

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 History

By Gregory L. Freeze

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Released: 2009-11-23
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Russia: A History
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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.

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

By Ian Maslow

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (78 pages)

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

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.

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: A Short History

By Abraham Ascher

Ascher Abraham
Paperback (320 pages)

Russia: A Short History
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Russian historian Abraham Ascher offers a skillful blend of engaging narrative and fresh analysis in this concise introduction to Russian history.

Newly updated on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it covers the growing political tensions between Russia and its neighbours, and the country's increasingly complex relationship with US President Donald J. Trump.

This stimulating and beautifully written introduction will prove enlightening for students, scholars, and travellers alike.

Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

By Geoffrey Hosking

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Russian History: A Very Short Introduction
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  • Oxford University Press USA
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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.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

By Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming
Released: 2014-07-08
Hardcover (304 pages)

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
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  • The Family Romanov Murder Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Awards
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“[A] superb history.... In these thrilling, highly readable pages, we meet Rasputin, the shaggy, lecherous mystic...; we visit the gilded ballrooms of the doomed aristocracy; and we pause in the sickroom of little Alexei, the hemophiliac heir who, with his parents and four sisters, would be murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918.” —The Wall Street Journal
 
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs—at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming (Amelia Lost; The Lincolns) deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses, making this an utterly mesmerizing read as well as a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.

"An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." —Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire

"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming’s extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." —Booklist, Starred

"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman’s Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin’s Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." —The Horn Book, Starred

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalist 
Winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction


 
 
 

 
 
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