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From the Publisher"Thackeray pairs his own contextual introductions with contributed interpretive essays profiling the 10 most important events or developments that have shaped Russian history since the accession of Alexander II to the imperial throne. The events profiled are the great reforms of Alexander II, the rise of the radical intelligentsia, industrialization, the Revolution of 1905, the First World War, the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the Stalin Era, World War II, the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Each essay is accompanied by a selective bibliography."
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"This volume in Greenwood's Events that changed … series consists of 10 pairs of short essays about Russia during the last 150 years. Each topic is covered in a brief (about 5 pages) introductory essay by the editor and a longer (about 15 pages) essay by a specialist contributor. Entries on the Great Reforms, populist radicalism, industrialization, the Revolution of 1905, WW I, the 1917 Revolution and the civil war, the Stalin era, WW II, the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union are uniformly good summaries that make use of recent historiography. Each essay is accompanied by a single photograph and is followed by a short annotated bibliography of additional readings in English. The book concludes with a glossary, time line, list of Russia's rulers, and a few tables of population statistics…. The essays might serve as a helpful introduction to their topics for advanced high school students and college undergraduates. Recommended. General, public, and lower-division undergraduate libraries."