A Brief History of Russia

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The history of Russia is a story of extremes: From its climate to its convulsive changes of government, Russia and its people have learned to endure the intolerable. Yet despite such hardships, the country remains one of the most influential in the world. Some of the most esteemed works of literature and music have emerged from its culture, and Russia stands poised to be a major player in global politics as the 21st century progresses.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816071128
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Brief History Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,413,424
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

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

Index 289

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