This text presents a comprehensive look at the history of Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union from the beginnings in ancient Russia to the present. The book provides a balanced view of Russian and Soviet history, treating not only political, military, and diplomatic history, but socioeconomic, religious, and cultural history of the region as well.
PART ONE: EARLY RUSSIA TO 1689. 1. Introduction. 2. Ancient Rus. 3. The Princes of Kievan Rus. 4. Kievan Rus: Economic Life, Society, Culture, and Religion. 5. The Ascendance of the Southwest and the Northeast. 6. The Mongols and Russia. 7. Novogrod and Lithuania. 8. The Rise of Moscow. 9. Society, Culture, and Religion in Appanage Rus. 10. The Unification of Great Russia. 11. Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584). 12. The Time of Troubles. 13. The Early Romanovs: Politics and Foreign Affairs. 14. The Early Romanovs: Society, Culture, and Religion. PART TWO: EARLY IMPERIAL RUSSIA, 1689-1855. 15. Peter the Great: Politics, War, and Diplomacy. 16. Peter the Great: Social, Economic, and Religious Policies. 17. The Era of Palace Revolutions, 1725-1762. 18. Catherine II Rules and Expands Russia, 1762-1796. 19. Catherine II: Economic, Social, and Cultural Policies. 20. Bureaucratic Monarchy: Paul and Alexander I, 1796-1825. 21. War and Diplomacy, 1796-1825. 22. Social, Economic, and Cultural Development, 1796-1855. 23. The "Iron Tsar." PART THREE: MODERN RUSSIA, 1855 TO THE PRESENT. 24. Political Reform and Minorities, 1855-1904. 25. Social and Economic Development, 1855-1904. 26. Diplomacy and Empire, 1855-1905. 27. Opposition to Tsarism, 1855-1905. 28. War, Revolution, and Reform, 1904-1914. 29. Cultural Developments, 1855-1917. 30. War and Revolution, 1914-1917. 31. From March to November 1917. 32. Civil War and Communism, 1917-1921. 33. The New Economic Policy and Power Struggle, 1921-1927. 34. The Politics of Stalinism, 1928-1941. 35. The Great Transformation. 36. Soviet Culture Under Lenin and Stalin, 1917-1953. 37. Soviet Foreign Relations to 1941. 38. Warand Reconstruction, 1941-1953. 39. The Krushchev Era, 1953-1964. 40. The Brezhnev Era, 1964-1982. 41. The Soviet Gerontocracy, 1982-1985. 42. The Gorbachev Revolution, 1985-1991. 43. Soviet Culture After Stalin, 1953-1991. 44. The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1990-1992. 45. The Legacy of Soviet Communism and Troubled Transitions in the 1990's. APPENDIX A: Russian and Soviet Leaders, 1328-1998. APPENDIX B: Areas and Populations of Former Soviet Union Republics. APPENDIX C: Populations of Principal Cities of the Russian Federation. GLOSSARY. BIBLIOGRAPHY. INDEX.