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In this revision of their best-selling text, MacKenzie and Curran present a succinct, updated history from the later imperial tsarist regime to the current Russia. Acclaimed in the field for its clarity, comprehensiveness, and accuracy, the text balances social/cultural history with political history through the Putin presidency, and offers Russian as well as post-Soviet views of Russian history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534571955
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/11/2001
  • Series: History Series
  • Edition description: 4th with InfoTrac
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David MacKenzie, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, received his B.A. degree in history at the University of Rochester in 1951, after service in the U.S. Army in Germany. Graduating from the Russian Institute of Columbia University in 1953, he began teaching history and Russian language at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia in 1962. He taught Russian and European history at Princeton University (1959-1961), Wells College (1961-1968), then as a full professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro starting in 1969, retiring in July 2000. For his scholarly research, MacKenzie received grants from the Ford Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. In 1988 he was elected to the Serbian Academy of Sciences for his writings on Serbian history. Married to Patricia Williams in 1953, he has three grown sons. MacKenzie's published works include THE SERBS AND RUSSIAN PAN-SLAVISM 1875-1878 (1967); THE LION OF TASHKENT: THE CAREER OF GENERAL M. G. CHERNIAEV (1974); ILIJA GARASANIN: BALKAN BISMARCK (1985); APIS: THE CONGENIAL CONSPIRATOR (1989); two volumes on tsarist and Soviet foreign policy (1993, 1994); THE "BLACK HAND" ON TRIAL: SALONIKA 1917 (1995); THE EXONERATION OF THE "BLACK HAND" (1998); SERBS AND RUSSIANS (1996); and VIOLENT SOLUTIONS: REVOLUTIONS, NATIONALISM AND SECRET SOCIETIES IN EUROPE TO 1918 (1996). He has contributed some 35 articles to the MODERN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RUSSIAN AND SOVIET HISTORY. Mostly for research, MacKenzie visited Serbia 16 times and Russia 7 times, and is fluent in Russian, Serbian, German, and French. He lives in retirement with his wife, Patricia, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Michael W. Curran is a former Ohio State University Dean (Humanities College and University College) and is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of History, where he taught courses on the history of Russia and Eastern Europe for 35 years. He also served as director of Ohio State's Center for Slavic and East European Studies. He studied at the Free University of Berlin, Germany; Helsinki University, Finland; and universities in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) and Moscow. He holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published articles and reviews on Russian history and is currently working on newly accessible materials from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

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Table of Contents

1. BACKGROUND AND EARLY HISTORY. Challenge and Response. Geography. The Peoples. Summary of Russian History to 1855. 2. REFORM AND REACTION, 1855-1904. The Great Reforms. Foreign Affairs, 1815-1881. Domestic Affairs, 1881-1904. Foreign Affairs, 1881-1904. 3. THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT TO 1904. Revolutionary Populism. The Development of Marxism. From Populism to the Socialist Revolutionaries. On the Eve. 4. REVOLUTION, REACTION, AND REFORM, 1905-1914. The Revolution of 1905. Creation of the Duma Monarchy, 1905-1906. Political Development, 1907-1914. Economic and Social Development. Foreign Affairs, 1906-1914. 5. CULTURAL DEVELOPMENTS, 1855-1917. Literature. Music. Painting. Architecture. 6. WAR AND REVOLUTION, 1914-1917. Russia Enters World War I. War Aims and Wartime Diplomacy. The Army and the Fronts. The Home Front. The March Revolution. 7. FROM MARCH TO NOVEMBER 1917. The Dual Power". The Bolsheviks Gain Leaders and a Program. The Revolution Moves Left (May-July). Kornilov and the Rightward Shift (July-September). The Rising Tide (September-November). The November Revolution. 8. CIVIL WAR AND WAR COMMUNISM, 1917-1921. First Steps, 1917-1918. Civil War, 1918-1920. Civil War and Allied Intervention, 1918-1920. War Communism": An Economic Disaster. The Kronstadt Revolt of 1921. 9. THE NEW ECONOMIC POLICY AND POWER STRUGGLE, 1921-1927. Economic and Political Controls of NEP. The Struggle over Succession. 10. THE POLITICS OF STALINISM, 1928-1941. Intraparty Struggles and Crises, 1929-1934. The Great Purge. Government and Party Organization. Stalinism. 11. THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION. The Great Industrialization Debate, 1924-1928. Forced Collectivization. Industry: The Five Year Plans. Shifts in Social Policies. 12. SOVIET CULTURE UNDER LENIN AND STALIN, 1917-1953. Initial Policies. Lunacharskii: The Politics of Culture. Soviet Culture in the Making: Proletkult and Other Vanguard Groups. Literature. The Cinema. Education. Science. Stalinist Culture, 1929-1953. Partiinost in Literature. Anticosmopolitanism and the Arts. Music. 13. SOVIET FOREIGN RELATIONS TO 1941. First Revolutionary Era, 1917-1921. Accommodation, 1921-1927. Neoisolationism, 1928-1933. Collective Security, 1934-1937. The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941. 14. WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION, 1941-1953. Invasion. The 1942 Campaign: The Turning Point. Soviet Offensives and Allied Victory, 1943-1945. The USSR and the Far Eastern War. Postwar Stalinism. 15. THE KHRUSHCHEV ERA, 1953-1964. Politics: Repudiating Stalinism. Economy: Focus on Agriculture. Foreign Affairs: Crises in the Communist Bloc Countries. Khrushchev's Fall. 16. THE BREZHNEV ERA, 1964-1982. Politics: Brezhnev's Rise. Nationalism and Dissent. Economy and Society. Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces. 17. THE SOVIET GERONTOCRACY, 1982-1985. Domestic Politics. Economy and Society. Foreign Policy. 18. THE GORBACHEV REVOLUTION, 1985-1991. The Leader and the Succession. Glasnost and Political Reform. Nationalities and Nationalism. Perestroika's Impact on the Economy and Society. National Security and Foreign Affairs. 19. SOVIET CULTURE AFTER STALIN, 1953-1991. The Thaw, 1953-1956. Dr. Zhivago and the Refreeze. Culture under Khrushchev. Culture under Brezhnev. Culture under Gorbachev, 1985-1991. 20. THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION, 1990-1992. Gorbachev Declines, Yeltsin Rises, 1990-1991. The August Coup. The Demise of the Soviet Union, 1991-1992. The Commonwealth of Independent States. 21. THE YELTSIN YEARS, 1991-1999. The Legacy of Soviet Communism. Environmental Problems: A Devastated Land. Troubled Transitions, 1992-? Politics: Yeltsin versus the Parliament. Post-Soviet Culture. Yeltsin's Disputed Legacy. 22. THE PUTIN PRESIDENCY. Early Life and Career. The Road to the Presidency. Putin as President. Tentative Assessment. Culture Under Yeltsin and Putin. Appendix A: Russian and Soviet Leaders, 1801-2000. Appendix B: Areas and Populations of Former Soviet Union Republics. Appendix C: Populations of Principal Cities of the Russian Federation. Index.

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