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Detailing the social, economic, and ...
Detailing the social, economic, and political changes and crises that the people of Russia have experienced, A Brief History of Russia provides a comprehensive and thorough account of this vast country's history. A chronology, bibliography, basic facts, a list of suggested reading, as well as 50 images and maps enrich this invaluable book. Coverage includes The conquest and rule of Russia by the Mongol Golden Horde, The reign of terror of Ivan the Terrible, The start of modernization under Peter the Great, The rise to the center of European power under Catherine the Great, The Russian Revolution and the emergence of the superpower Soviet Union, The disintegration of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin's terms as president and his plans for the country's future.
About the Author:
Michael Kort is professor of social science at Boston University and holds a Ph.D. in history from New York University
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1 Before the Russians: Kievan Rus, and Muscovite Russia (Tenth Century B.C.E.-1462 C.E.) 1
2 Independence and Unification: The Last Rurikids to the First Romanovs (1462-1694) 24
3 Imperial Russia: The Eras of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great (1694-1801) 46
4 The Nineteenth-Century Crisis: The Mystic and the Knout (1801-1855) 72
5 Reform, Reaction, and Revolution (1855-1917) 95
6 The Golden and Silver Ages: Russian Cultural Achievement from Pushkin to World War I (1820-1917) 125
7 Soviet Russia: Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Realities (1917-1953) 152
8 Soviet Russia: Reform, Decline, and Collapse (1953-1991) 194
9 Post-Soviet Russia: Yeltsin and Putin (1991-2008) 230
10 Conclusion: The Russian Riddle 247
Appendix 1 Basic Facts about Russia 255
Appendix 2 Chronology 260
Appendix 3 Bibliography 274
Appendix 4 Suggested Reading 279
Posted November 2, 2011
I am an avid reader and I wanted to learn more about Russia without reading a thousand pages or so. This book gave me a good overview of the history of Russia without being too detailed or boring. Would recommend it for someone who wants to learn about Russia.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.