Russia: A Short History

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This concise and informative book covers the entire sweep of Russian history, from the earliest settlers to the present state of this complex country.

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This concise and informative book covers the entire sweep of Russian history, from the earliest settlers to the present state of this complex country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851682423
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Maps x
1 The Beginnings 1
Geography 4
The rise of Kiev 6
Kiev's economy 9
The emergence of the Mongol empire 14
Mongol domination 16
2 The Rise of Muscovite Russia 21
Challenges to Mongol rule 24
Moscow's expansion 28
Ivan the Terrible 33
Reign of terror 37
3 Times of Troubles and Grandeur, 1584-1725 43
Social conditions 49
Religious conflict 54
Peter the Great 56
The Westernizer 58
4 Decline and Revival in the Eighteenth Century 66
The reign of Catherine II 70
Paul I 77
5 Russia as a Great Power, 1801-55 80
Napoleon's invasion of Russia 82
Domestic reform 89
Political ferment 93
Tsar Nicholas I 96
Domestic developments 101
The Crimean War 105
6 Reform and Counter-Reform, 1861-94 109
Judicial, administrative, and military reform 114
Consequences of reform 116
Deepening of political ferment 120
Counter-reform 125
7 Revolutionary Russia, 1894-1917 131
The revolution of 1905 136
Outcome of the revolution 143
Stolypin's reforms 148
World War I 152
The revolution of 1917 158
The revolution deepens 162
The Bolsheviks seize power 166
8 The Soviet Union Under Lenin and Stalin 170
The Tenth Party Congress 173
Struggle for power 176
Revolution from above 180
Totalitarianism 186
Stalinist terror 189
Everyday Stalinism 193
Stalin's last years 198
9 Reform, Stagnation, Collapse 202
De-Stalinization 204
Foreign policy under Khrushchev 210
Era of stagnation 213
Era of reform 219
Economic crisis 223
Political collapse 227
The presidency of Boris N. Yeltsin 231
Political tensions 234
The presidency of Vladimir Putin 239
Notes 244
Bibliography 246
Index 253
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