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Encyclopedia of Russian History

Encyclopedia of Russian History


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"A first-rate reference monograph, this will prove an invaluable asset for scholars of Russian literature. Recommended for academic and reference collections." - Library Journal
Library Journal
In this comprehensive, much-revised version of his Companion to Russian History ( LJ 3/1/84), Paxton provides an A-Z encyclopedia on post-Soviet Russia and the now sovereign nations that were once its republics. The period encompassed is vast, ranging from the tenth century to 1989. Included are all former republics, now independent states/countries (e.g., Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan among others), which are, tragically, flashpoints in the region fraught with violent nationalistic conflict. Contained in the work are 2500 entries (including maps), covering 1000 years of history. The work is a gazetteer, atlas, chronology, who's who, and dictionary, with a selected bibliography and suggestions for further reading. This first-rate reference monograph will prove an invaluable asset for scholars of Russian literature--no political position is taken or judgment rendered--yet it suceeds in its aim to reach as wide a general readership as possible. Recommended for academic libraries and all reference collections.-- Thomas G. Anton, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
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This is a revision of Paxton's "Companion to Russian History" (Facts On File, 1983). The content and format are similar to the first edition, with articles updated through 1991, including population statistics. A few entries are current to 1993 (the death of Rudolf Nureyev), and additional entries have been added, including one on the dissident Natan Shcharansky. Errors found in the first edition (entries for "Chmielnicki, Bogdan" and "Khmelnitsky, Bogdan", the same person) have not been corrected. A chronology, bibliography, and maps still follow the alphabetical listings. The 11 maps are different and less useful than those in the first edition. There is no cross-reference from the entry "Sealed Train" to the map of Lenin's "sealed train" journey of 1917 in the map section Paxton's one-volume encyclopedia is a first stop for concise, current information on people, places, and events. "The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History" (Academic International Press, 1976-1993), with a nine-volume supplement completed in 1993, remains the definitive English-language source on the history of the Soviet Union.
The revised edition of Companion to Russian History (Facts on File, 1983). A comprehensive reference with some 2,500 brief, alphabetical entries on the people, events, trends, movements, and institutions that have shaped the political and cultural landscape of Russia from the ninth century to the present. Includes a select bibliography, an 11-page map section and an 11-page chronology (current through December 1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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John Paxton was the editor the Statesman's Yearbook from 1969 to 1990 and has written many books about European Communities including the Developing Common Market (Macmillan 1976), and A Dict'onary of the European Communities (Macmillan, 2nd ed., 1982)..

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