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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This revised edition of the book originally published in 1989 is a treasure for thoseeager to learn more about Russia, its fascinating culture, and its people. Billed as a cultural atlas, the informative text, maps, photos and drawings combine to make engaging reading. Beginning with the origins of written history in Eastern Europe, up to and including modern Russia, this wonderful book highlights important events from Russia's creation, expansion, and the ultimate breakup of the Soviet Union to form modern Russia. It's a engrossing and tumultuous tale, well told and illustrated. Special features include a helpful timeline, lists of rulers, the beginning and end of both imperial Russia and Communist Russia, and an outstanding collection of maps that illustrate everything from invasions to types of soil. The rare photos and historical drawings add further to the readers understanding of Russia and add to the overall beauty of the book. 1998 (originally
Booknews
This revised edition links geography, history, archaeology, anthropology and the arts in a survey of Russian civilization from prehistory to the present. The attractive format of text, maps, drawings, and color and b&w photographs (many of which have never before been published in the West) reveals Russia in all its uniqueness, paying special attention to such topics as the great age of Russian painting, peasant life before the Revolution, the art of propaganda, and religion in the Soviet Union. Also includes a chronology and a table of the rulers of Russia. Oversize: 9.75x12". Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 12.29 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Chronological Table 8
The Rulers of Russia and the former Soviet Union 10
Preface 14
Pt. 1 The Geographical Background
The Land and the People 16
Pt. 2 History
Rus 34
Muscovy 50
The Last Century of Old Russia 74
Peter the Great 88
The Empire after Peter 100
The Flowering of Imperial Russia 107
The Last Four Emperors 120
Revolution and the Building of the Communist State 142
From Stalin to Yeltsin 172
Pt. 3 Regions and Countries of the former Soviet Union
Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine 186
The Baltic Republics 192
Transcaucasia 198
Russia 204
Central Asia 216
Bibliography 225
Glossary 228
List of Illustrations 230
Gazetteer 232
Index 235
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