The Russian Moment in World History / Edition 1

The Russian Moment in World History / Edition 1

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by Marshall T. Poe
     
 

Tracing Russia's course from its beginnings to the present day, Poe shows that Russia was the only non-Western power to defend itself against Western imperialism for centuries. It did so by building a powerful state that molded society to its military needs. Thus arose the only non-Western path to modern society - a unique path neither "European" nor "Asian" but, most… See more details below

Overview

Tracing Russia's course from its beginnings to the present day, Poe shows that Russia was the only non-Western power to defend itself against Western imperialism for centuries. It did so by building a powerful state that molded society to its military needs. Thus arose the only non-Western path to modern society - a unique path neither "European" nor "Asian" but, most aptly, "Russian."

From the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, Russia prevailed despite unparalleled onslaughts by powerful Western armies. However, while Europe nurtured limited government, capitalism, and scientific and cultural revolution, early Russian society cultivated autocracy and command economics. Both Europe and Russia eventually created modern infrastructures, but the European model proved more productive and powerful. The post-World War I communist era can be seen as a natural continuation of Russia's autocratic past that, despite its tragic turns, kept Russia globally competitive for decades.

The Russian moment in world history thus began with its first confrontations with Europe in the fifteenth century and ended in 1991 with the Soviet collapse.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116129
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/04/2003
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Marshall T. Poe is the author of several books on Russian history, including "A People Born to Slavery: Russia in Early Modern European Ethnography, 1476-1748". He has taught history at Columbia University, New York University, and Harvard University, and is currently an analyst with the "Atlantic Monthly".

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
1What Russia Is and What It Is Not1
2From Slavs to Rus'10
3From Rus' to Russia28
4The Challenge of Early Modernity38
5The Origins of the Russian Moment46
6The Progress of the Russian Moment58
7From Early Modernity to Modernity71
8The End of the Russian Moment86
9Coda: What Might Have Been91
Chronology105
Bibliographic Note111
Index115

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