Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union / Edition 2

Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union / Edition 2

by Robin R. Milner-Gulland, Nikolai J. Dejevsky, Robin Miner-Gulland, Nikalai Dijeuski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816038155

ISBN-13: 9780816038152

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

The Russian Orthodox Church is currently celebrating its millennium, one that coincides approximately with the documented history of Russia itself. That 1000-year history - both political and cultural - is the principal subject of this volume. After due acknowledgment of the Hellenistic, Slav, Viking and Byzantine backgrounds, the historical account opens with the…  See more details below

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The Russian Orthodox Church is currently celebrating its millennium, one that coincides approximately with the documented history of Russia itself. That 1000-year history - both political and cultural - is the principal subject of this volume. After due acknowledgment of the Hellenistic, Slav, Viking and Byzantine backgrounds, the historical account opens with the conversion of Rus to Christianity in the 10th century and with the early centers of civilization at Kiev, Novgorod and Vladimir. Two centuries of Tatar rule divide the fall of Kievan Russia from the rise of Muscovy, but the medieval period of Russian history does not fully end until after the accession of Peter the Great in 1682. Peter's reforms and extrovert policies, precursors of late 20th-century development, suddenly projected Russia onto the center stage of world politics - a position which, for better or worse, it has never relinquished. An opening section of the atlas provides the geographical and ethnic context for the cultural history that follows, the book ends with a spectacular portrait in maps, text and pictures of each country within the former Soviet Union today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816038152
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Cultural Atlas Series
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.69(w) x 12.29(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Table of Contents

Chronological Table8
The Rulers of Russia and the former Soviet Union10
Preface14
Pt. 1The Geographical Background
The Land and the People16
Pt. 2History
Rus34
Muscovy50
The Last Century of Old Russia74
Peter the Great88
The Empire after Peter100
The Flowering of Imperial Russia107
The Last Four Emperors120
Revolution and the Building of the Communist State142
From Stalin to Yeltsin172
Pt. 3Regions and Countries of the former Soviet Union
Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine186
The Baltic Republics192
Transcaucasia198
Russia204
Central Asia216
Bibliography225
Glossary228
List of Illustrations230
Gazetteer232
Index235

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