Endurance and Endeavour: Russian History, 1812-1992

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In Russia, both rulers and ruled long endeavoured to transform their country, each in their own forcible way. Their efforts never quite seemed to bring the results hoped for, and despite reform and revolution some things changed very little. This book sets out to relate Russian tradition and circumstances to the events of history and to encourage readers to seek their own explanation of the country's paradox. For this fourth edition of Endurance and Endeavour J. N. Westwood has completely revised the text and ...
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In Russia, both rulers and ruled long endeavoured to transform their country, each in their own forcible way. Their efforts never quite seemed to bring the results hoped for, and despite reform and revolution some things changed very little. This book sets out to relate Russian tradition and circumstances to the events of history and to encourage readers to seek their own explanation of the country's paradox. For this fourth edition of Endurance and Endeavour J. N. Westwood has completely revised the text and bibliography, and added a new chapter covering the latest important and exciting developments in the history of the former Soviet Union.
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"John Westwood's survey of Russian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is probably the finest single volume of its type. Its approach is balanced and informed ... elegant, lovely, and eminently readable. As an introduction to the subject, it cannot be recommended too highly."--Journal of European Studies

"In this new fourth edition J.N. Westwood has brought up to date his outstanding introduction to Russian and Soviet history. As a survey of modern Russian history it has many merits, always striving to be objective, realistic without being cynical yet also lively, with many apt extacts from contemporary sources."--Central Asian Survey

"An excellent textbook--in general, it possesses the proper balance of detail, analysis, and broad synthesis. Its treatment of historiographical controversies is also sensible. The bibliography is especially useful."--Girish Bhat, State University of New York at Cortland

"You just took a fine text and made it better with this edition. Bringing the volume up to date is just what it needed, nothing more. I like the balanced coverage of all aspects of history, and the obvious scholarship that marks the treatment of those aspects. Clearly an expert's work, both in the subject matter and in the way that subject matter is handled. I wish all textbooks were written this well."--Arnold Koekkoek, Dordt College

Praise for earlier editions:

"This history of Russia should become the standard work on the period it covers, and no student of the period can afford to be without access to it....It is well written, balanced and sensible in all its judgments, and beautifully presented....A fascinating and thought-provoking book."-- Assistant Masters Association

"Attractively presented and very carefully published in the best Oxford tradition....Intelligent, judicious, fair, and eminently readable."--Nicholas Riasanovsky, The Russian Review

"A valuable survey of Russian history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that deserves to be widely read."--American Historical Review

"As an introductory text [the book] has much to recommend it."--The History Teacher

"A serious and useful introduction to modern Russian history."--Soviet Studies

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Table of Contents

1 Eighteen Twelve and After 1
2 The Russia of Nicholas I 36
3 Tsar and Serf 70
4 Thaw 85
5 From Bombs to Pogroms 107
6 Russia in Asia 132
7 1905 144
8 On the Eve 173
9 The Empire's Last War 207
10 1917 225
11 The Civil War 252
12 Disputes and Decisions 283
13 The Thirties 309
14 The Great Patriotic War 337
15 Consolidation or Ossification? 363
16 The Khruschchev Revival 393
17 The Brezhnev Regime 427
18 Infirmity 466
19 From Red Flag to Double-headed Eagle 496
A Note on Statistics 549
Bibliography 551
Maps and Tables 589
Index 607
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