Countries of the World: Russia

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Visit Russia, the world’s largest country, spanning two continents.Review a vast national history, from the Tsars to the Soviet Union to today’s Russian Federation.Explore a richly diverse topography—coniferous forests, semideserts, steppes, tundra—with an array of climates to match. Meet the Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkir, Chuvash, Chechens, and Armenians that comprise Russia’s population. Experience the wonders of Russian culture, from the Bolshoi Ballet to Tolstoy and ...
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Overview

Visit Russia, the world’s largest country, spanning two continents.Review a vast national history, from the Tsars to the Soviet Union to today’s Russian Federation.Explore a richly diverse topography—coniferous forests, semideserts, steppes, tundra—with an array of climates to match. Meet the Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkir, Chuvash, Chechens, and Armenians that comprise Russia’s population. Experience the wonders of Russian culture, from the Bolshoi Ballet to Tolstoy and Pushkin.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kids planning reports will welcome this "Countries of the World" series with its abundance of information packed into an appealing format illustrated by the lively and well-reproduced color photos one would expect from National Geographic. Five sections cover geography, nature, history, people and culture, and government and economy, each highlighted by an appropriate map and sidebars with interesting, offbeat details. In Russia, writers can learn about the country's vast frozen taiga, its mountains, steppes, rivers, and lakes. Pictured are rare, endangered animals like Siberian tigers, snow leopards and beluga whales, while the history section whisks readers through the centuries with nomadic tribes, Scandinavians, Mongols, tsars, serfs and Communists; post-Communism, the gap between rich and poor is becoming an increasing problem. The diversity of Russia's population—many ethnic groups and two main religions, has produced outstanding writers like Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Pasternak; composers like Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky (his famous ballet is not called The Nutcracker "Suite"); and world-class dancers like Nijinsky, Nureyev and Makarova. After a brief look at the rocky transition from state control to democracy (the author is perhaps too optimistic about its ultimate success), kids will appreciate the extra features: a useful bibliography of books, inviting websites and National Geographic articles as well as some super suggestions for ways to add zest to a report on Russia. The final end papers reveal a timeline of Russian history. This attractive series will be fun for browsers and offer a motivating push for reluctant report writers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This installment in the "Countries of the World" series about the largest country in the world, Russia, certainly lives up to National Geographic's high quality of publications. From the sensation of a harsh, cold, yet beautiful country depicted on the cover, to the tender, solemn marriage ceremony displayed within the text, we are shown a country with a vast history and diverse geography. There are many photographic images complementing the test as well as several maps to enhance the chapters. The book is written with students in mind—from the layout of the chapters, the timeline in the back—to the ‘Extra' pages to augment a country report: every students dream! One thing that is missing is a sense of happiness or contentment. Except for one photograph, the Russian people do not look happy. Even the photograph of a wedding reveals somber faces on the bride and groom. The photographs portray a very serious people, or else they are just very cold. Overall, this is a well-done book, full of facts and interesting tidbits. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426302596
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Countries of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 718,794
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
Geography: The Greatest of Them All     7
At a Glance     8
What's the Weather Like?
Fast Facts
Average Temperature & Rainfall
Physical Map
Special Feature: Ice-Cold in Siberia     11
Special Feature: The Tunguska Event     12
Special Feature: Red-Hot on the Pacific     13
Nature: The Biggest of the Big Cats     17
At a Glance     18
Protecting Wildlife
Species at Risk
Vegetation & Ecosystems Map
Special Feature: White Noise     21
Special Feature: The Blue Eye of Siberia     23
History: The Road to Russia     25
At a Glance     26
Ancient Civilizations
Time line
Historical Map
Special Feature: What's So Terrible About Ivan?     29
Special Feature: I'm Anastasia!     30
Special Feature: Sent to Siberia     32
Special Feature: Success in Space     34
Special Feature: Glasnost and Perestroika     35
People & Culture: Many Peoples, One Russia     37
At a Glance     38
To the City
Common Russian Phrases
Population Map
Special Feature: National Holidays     41
Special Feature: The Russian Alphabet     42
Special Feature: Moscow State Circus     44
Special Feature Map: East Meets West     47
Special Feature: Sakha     48
Special Feature: Lord of the East     49
Government & Economy: X Marks the Spot     51
At a Glance     52
A Federation Across the World
Trading Partners
Political Map
Special Feature: How the Government Works     54
Special Feature: The Shock of the New     55
Special Feature Map: Industry     56
Special Feature: War at Home     57
Add a Little Extra to Your Country Report!     58
Glossary     60
Bibliography Further Information     61
Index     62
Credits     64
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