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A History of Russia

By Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Oxford University Press
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Now extensively revised in this ninth 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. In the ninth edition, this includes expanded attention to the experiences of ordinary men and women and to imperial expansion and diversity. Extensively revised and with a more streamlined organization, A History of Russia, Ninth Edition, includes recent developments in Ukraine and Russia's near abroad in the Putin era.

Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More

By Captivating History

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Paperback (148 pages)

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Discover the Captivating History of Russia!

Russia, or the Russian Federation as it is officially known, is the world’s largest country and covers almost a sixth of the global landmass. The country is often associated with harsh climates and autocratic government. The shadow of communism and the Cold War continues to influence global attitudes towards Russia.

This new captivating history book serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking prince Rurik in 862 AD until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.

In Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More, you will discover topics such as
  • The Foundation of Rus
  • The Christianization of Rus
  • The Fragmentation and Subjugation of Rus
  • The Rise of Muscovy
  • Overthrowing the Tatar yoke
  • Gathering the Russian Lands
  • The Birth of a Dynasty
  • The Road to Reform
  • Imperial Majesty
  • Enlightened Despotism
  • Reform and Reaction
  • War and Revolution
  • Terror and Upheaval
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Cold War
  • Reform and Collapse
  • And much, much more!
So if you want to discover more about the startling history of Russia, click "add to cart"!

A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Paul Bushkovitch

Cambridge University Press
Paperback (518 pages)

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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

Oxford University Press USA
Released: 2009-11-23
Paperback (632 pages)

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.

History of Russia: A Captivating Guide to Russian History, Ivan the Terrible, The Russian Revolution and Cambridge Five

By Captivating History

CH Publications
Paperback (372 pages)

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If you want to discover the captivating history of Russia, then keep reading...

Four captivating manuscripts in one book:
  • Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More
  • Ivan the Terrible: A Captivating Guide to the First Tsar of Russia and His Impact on Russian History
  • The Russian Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the February and October Revolutions and the Rise of the Soviet Union Led by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks
  • The Cambridge Five: A Captivating Guide to the Russian Spies in Britain Who Passed Information to the Soviet Union During World War II
Russia, or the Russian Federation as it is officially known, is the world’s largest country and covers almost a sixth of the global landmass. The country is often associated with harsh climates and autocratic government. The shadow of communism and the Cold War continues to influence global attitudes towards Russia.

This new captivating history book serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking prince Rurik in 862 AD until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.

Some of the topics covered in part 1 of this book include:
  • The Foundation of Rus
  • The Christianization of Rus
  • The Fragmentation and Subjugation of Rus
  • The Rise of Muscovy
  • Overthrowing the Tatar yoke
  • Gathering the Russian Lands
  • The Birth of a Dynasty
  • The Road to Reform
  • Imperial Majesty
  • Enlightened Despotism
  • Reform and Reaction
  • War and Revolution
  • Terror and Upheaval
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Cold War
  • Reform and Collapse
  • And much, much more!
Some of the topics covered in part 2 of this book include:
  • Russia Before the First Tsar
  • A Lineage of Heroes
  • The Birth of an Emperor
  • Assassination
  • Becoming Terrible
  • The Coronation of the First Tsar
  • An Ambitious Young Ruler
  • Books and Cathedrals
  • Death in the Family
  • Betrayal
  • Revenge
  • The Failure of the Oprichniki
  • Two Killings
  • The Legacy of Ivan “The Terrible”
  • And much, much more!
Some of the topics covered in part 3 of this book include:
  • Twilight of the Tsars
  • The Midnight Train
  • Dual Power
  • Return from exile
  • The July Days
  • The abortive coup
  • Ten Days that Shook the World
  • Peace, Land, and Bread
  • Defending the Revolution
Some of the topics covered in part 4 of this book include:
  • The Undeniable Attraction of Marxism
  • Students of Prestige
  • Anthony Blunt: Teacher, Lover, Recruiter
  • Burgess: A Mole Within the BBC
  • Maclean and the Spanish Civil War
  • World War II: Espionage Between Allies
  • Enigma, Bombe, and Colossus
  • Espionage and the Battle of Kursk
  • Project Venona
  • Allied Insurgents in Albania
  • The Downfall of the Cambridge Five
  • And much, much more!
So if you want to learn more about the history of Russia, click the "add to cart" button!

Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East

By Martin Sixsmith

Abrams Books
Released: 2013-12-31
Paperback (624 pages)

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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.

The Cambridge History of Russia: Volume 1, From Early Rus' to 1689

Cambridge University Press
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This first volume of the Cambridge History of Russia covers the period from early ('Kievan') Rus' to the start of Peter the Great's reign in 1689. It surveys the development of Russia through the Mongol invasions to the expansion of the Muscovite state in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and deals with political, social, economic and cultural issues under the Riurikid and early Romanov rulers. The volume is organised on a primarily chronological basis, but a number of general themes are also addressed, including the bases of political legitimacy; law and society; the interactions of Russians and non-Russians; and the relationship of the state with the Orthodox Church. The international team of authors incorporates the latest Russian and Western scholarship and offers an authoritative new account of the formative 'pre-Petrine' period of Russian history, before the process of Europeanisation had made a significant impact on society and culture.

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.

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.

The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

By Mark B. Smith

Oxford University Press
Hardcover (480 pages)

The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It
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A history of Russophobia and its living legacy in world affairs

With proof of election-meddling and the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin an ongoing conundrum, little wonder many Americans are experiencing what historian Mark B. Smith calls "the Russia Anxiety." This is no new phenomenon. Time and time again, the West has judged Russia on assumptions of its inherent cunning, malevolence, and brutality. Yet for much of its history, Russia functioned no differently-or at least no more dysfunctionally-than other absolutist, war-mongering European states. So what is it about this country that so often provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous?

Russian history can indeed be viewed as a catalog of brutal violence, in which a rotation of secret police-from Ivan the Terrible's Oprichina to Andropov's KGB and Putin's FSB-hold absolute sway. However, as Smith shows, there are nevertheless deeper political and cultural factors that could lead to democratic outcomes. Violence is not an innate element of Russian culture, and Russia is not unknowable. From foreign interference and cyber-attacks to mega-corruption and nuclear weapons, Smith uses Russia's sprawling history to throw light on contemporary concerns. Smith reveals how the past has created today's Russia and how this past offers hints about its future place in the world-one that reaches beyond crisis and confrontation.


 
 
 

 
 
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