Russia and the Soviet Union / Edition 6

Russia and the Soviet Union / Edition 6

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by John M Thompson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081334395X

ISBN-13: 9780813343952

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: Westview Press

This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin’s presidency of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated, Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the

Overview

This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin’s presidency of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated, Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the “inevitability” of the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist terror, and the Gorbachev reform effort. The sixth edition includes a new chapter on Vladimir Putin, additional treatment of social and foreign policy issues, and an updated chapter on post-Soviet Russia and the Yeltsin era. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful maps, illustrations, photos, and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as well as politics and foreign policy.

Contents

1. Ancient Russia and the Kievan State
2. Russia Divided and Conquered, 1054–1462
3. Moscow and “the Gathering of the Russian Lands,” 1328–1533
4. Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles, 1533–1618
5. The Molding of Russian Society, 1613–1689
6. Peter the Great and Westernization, 1689–1725
7. Change and Continuity, 1725–1801
8. Power, Backwardness, and Creativity, 1801–1855
9. Reform, Reaction, and Modernization, 1855–1904
10. Revolution, Reform, and War, 1904–1917
11. Revolution, Civil War, and the Founding of Soviet Society, 1917–1928
12. The Second Revolution, the Stalinist System, and World War II, 1928–1946
13. The Soviet Union as a Superpower: Change, Stagnation, and “Cold War,” 1946–1984
14. The Gorbachev “Revolution” and the Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1983–1991
15. The “New” Russia in the Post-Soviet Era 1991–2000
16. Putin’s Paradoxes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813343952
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
Pages:
415
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Preface to the First Edition     xiii
Ancient Russia and the Kievan State     1
The Russian Land     1
The Peoples of Russia     6
The Slavs Come to Russia     9
The Formation of the Kievan State     11
How Did Kievan Russians Make a Living?     13
Kievan Society     16
Religion and Culture in Kievan Russia     18
Power and Politics in Kievan Russia     22
The Fall and Significance of Kievan Russia     24
Further Reading     26
Russia Divided and Conquered, 1054-1462     29
Russia Divided     30
The Mongol Scourge     34
The Impact of the Mongols     38
The Decline of Mongol Power     43
Conclusion     44
Further Reading     45
Moscow and the "Gathering of the Russian Lands," 1328-1533     47
The Odds Against Moscow     48
Moscow's Advantages     49
The Unification of Russia, 1328-1533     56
Conclusion     64
Further Reading     65
Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles, 1533-1618     67
The Personality and Character of Ivanthe Terrible     68
The Reforms of Ivan IV     70
Ivan Versus the Aristocracy     72
The Time of Troubles, 1598-1613     77
Conclusion     83
Further Reading     84
The Molding of Russian Society, 1613-1689     87
Serfdom     89
The Autocracy     93
The Orthodox Church     96
The Expansion of Russia     99
Relations with the West     103
Conclusion     104
Further Reading     105
Peter the Great and Westernization, 1689-1725     107
Peter's Coming of Age     109
Peter's Personality and Character     110
Peter in War and Diplomacy     112
Peter's Reforms     115
Resistance to Peter     120
Significance of Peter the Great     121
Further Reading     123
Change and Continuity, 1725-1801     125
Peter's Successors, 1725-1762     128
Catherine the Great, 1762-1796     130
Russian Expansion and Colonization     135
Economic and Social Development     138
The Changing Role of the Nobility     140
Education and Culture      142
The Reign of Paul I, 1796-1801     144
Conclusion     146
Further Reading     147
Power, Backwardness, and Creativity, 1801-1855     149
The Serf Economy     151
Russia Unchanged     154
Creativity and Dissent     159
Russia: Arbiter of Europe, Colonizer of Asia and America     162
Conclusion     166
Further Reading     167
Reform, Reaction, and Modernization, 1855-1904     169
The Era of the Great Reforms, 1855-1881     171
Terror and Reaction     175
Economic and Social Modernization, 1861-1905     179
Competing Ideologies     184
Conclusion     190
Further Reading     191
Revolution, Reform, and War, 1904-1917     193
The Revolution of 1905     195
The Duma Period, 1906-1914     200
The Silver Age: Russian Culture, 1890-1917     205
Russian Involvement in World War I, 1914-1917     208
Conclusion     210
Further Reading     213
Revolution, Civil War, and the Founding of Soviet Society, 1917-1928     215
The February Revolution: The Collapse of the Tsarist System      216
The Bolsheviks Come to Power     222
Civil War and Foreign Intervention, 1918-1921     227
The New Economic Policy and Coexistence, 1921-1928     233
The Struggle for Power     236
Conclusion     239
Further Reading     240
The Second Revolution, the Stalinist System, and World War II, 1928-1946     243
The Revolution from Above: Industrialization and Collectivization     244
The Stalinist System     252
Soviet Culture, 1917-1953     257
Stalin and the World, 1928-1946     258
Conclusion     266
Further Reading     267
The Soviet Union as a Superpower: Change, Stagnation, and "Cold War," 1946-1984     269
Reconstruction and Renewed Stalinism     270
The Cold War     271
Ideological Rigidity and Repression     278
The Succession to Stalin and the Rise of Khrushchev     279
Peaceful Coexistence and Troubles in Eastern Europe     284
Origins of the Sino-Soviet Split     287
Ups and Downs in Soviet-Western Relations     289
Khrushchev: Reformer or Repairman?     291
Bureaucratic Stability Under Brezhnev and His Successors     294
Detente and Its Erosion      297
The Changing Soviet Society     302
Conclusion     305
Further Reading     306
The Gorbachev "Revolution" and the Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1983-1991     307
The Origins of the Gorbachev Reforms     308
Efforts to Rejuvenate the Economy     312
"New Thinking" in Foreign Policy     315
Glasnost'     319
Democratization     322
Gorbachev's Downfall     324
The Attempted Coup of August 1991     328
Conclusion     330
Further Reading     332
The "New" Russia in the Post-Soviet ERA, 1991-2000     335
The Quadruple Revolution     336
On the High Road to Capitalism     338
What Is a "Normal" Life?     341
The Rocky Road to Democracy     347
Russia, Its Neighbors, and the World     355
Conclusion     361
Further Reading     362
Putin's Paradoxes, 2000-2008     363
The Meteoric Rise of Vladimir Putin     364
Good Times     367
Now, the Bad News     368
Consumerism     372
Nationalism     373
Crises      374
"Sovereign Democracy"     374
Elections     376
The Challenge of Chechnya     379
Putin's Assertive Foreign Policy     381
Russia and Its Neighbors     383
Russia and the European Union     386
Conclusion     388
Further Reading     389
Notes     391
Index     395

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