A History of Russia / Edition 8

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Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country's history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia's history—political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural—with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since 1991 explore Russia's complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.

Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume history available, A History of Russia is also available in two split volumes—the first covers early Russia through the nineteenth century and the second ranges from 1855 to the present. Volume II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia's modern history to the events that preceded it.

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"A History of Russia is one of the best, if not the best, one-volume texts of Russian history from Kievan times to the present. It does an exceptionally effective job of synthesizing a basic (yet always interesting and stimulating) narrative of Russian/Eurasian history with an introduction to historiographical debates about the major scholarly issues, showing how scholarship on certain issues has evolved over time. Generations of students have profited remarkably from this book. It is both a wonderful teaching tool and a useful reference book for scholars."—Glennys Young, University of Washington
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195341973
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 166,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Riasanovsky is Professor Emeritus of History the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including A Parting of Ways: Government and the Educated Public in Russia: 1801-1855 (1976) and The Image of Peter the Great in Russian History and Thought (OUP, 1985).

Mark Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his many books include Voices of Revolution, 1917 (2001) and Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (2002). Since 2006, he has been editor of the journal Slavic Review.

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Table of Contents

New to the Eighth Edition
Preface to the Eighth Edition
1. The Geographical Environment
2. Russia before the Russians
3. The Origins of the Kievan State
4. Kievan Rus: A Political Outline
5. Kievan Rus: Economy, Society, Institutions
6. Kievan Rus: Religion and Culture
7. Appanage Russia: Introduction
8. The Mongols and Russia
9. Lord Novgorod the Great
10. The Southwest and the Northeast
11. The Rise of Moscow
12. Appanage Russia: Economy, Society, Institutions
13. Appanage Russia: Religion and Culture
14. The Lithuanian-Russian State
15. The Reigns of Ivan the Terrible, 1533-84, and of Theodore, 1584-98
16. The Time of Troubles, 1598-1613
17. The Reigns of Michael, 1613-45, Alexis, 1645-76, and Theodore, 1676-82
18. Muscovite Russia: Economy, Society, Institutions
19. Muscovite Russia: Religion and Culture
20. The Reign of Peter the Great, 1682-1725
21. Russian History from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great: The Reigns of Catherine I, 1725-27, Peter II, 1727-30, Anne, 1730-40, Ivan VI, 1740-41, Elizabeth, 1741-62, and Peter III, 1762
22. The Reigns of Catherine the Great, 1762-96, and Paul, 1796-1801
23. The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the Eighteenth Century
24. Russian Culture in the Eighteenth Century
25. The Reign of Alexander I, 1801-25
26. The Reign of Nicholas I, 1825-55
27. The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
28. Russian Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
29. The Reign of Alexander II, 1855-81
30. The Reign of Alexander III, 1881-94, and the First Part of the Reign of Nicholas II, 1894-1905
31. The Last Part of the Reign of Nicholas II: The Revolution of 1905 and the Constitutional Period, 1905-17
32. The Economic and Social Development of Russia from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917
33. Russian Culture from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917
34. The Revolutions of 1917
35. Soviet Russia: An Introduction
36. War Communism, 1917-21, and the New Economic Policy, 1921-28
37. The Stalin Era
38. Soviet Foreign Policy, 1921-41, and the Second World War, 1941-45
39. Stalin's Last Decade, 1945-53
40. The Soviet Union after Stalin, 1953-85
41. Soviet Society and Culture
42. The Gorbachev Years, 1985-91, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
43. Politics and the Economy After Communism: Yeltsin, Putin, and Beyond
44. Society and Culture since 1991
Appendix: Russian Rulers
A Bibliography of Readings in English on Russian History

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