A History of Russia

A History of Russia

by Roger Bartlett
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Macmillan Education UK
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A History of Russia

Russia is the largest country on the planet, a multi-ethnic empire, a great power of global significance. For much of its history it has been a 'peasant state', in which peasant society and values interacted critically with those of the ruling elites. In modern times its society has produced artists, writers, musicians, scientists and cosmonauts who have made a unique contribution to world culture. In the twentieth century, Russia has been the scene of the world's greatest social experiment - the most powerful challenge ever mounted to hegemonic Western values.

Roger Bartlett traces the history of the country from its beginnings in Kiev Russia, through the Muscovite and Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet periods, to the start of the twenty-first century. While offering a broad perspective on Russia's historical development, Bartlett focuses on the origins of Russian political culture and the place of the majority peasant population in the Russian/Soviet polity. Lucid, balanced and authoritative, it is the ideal introduction for all those with an interest in Russia's past, and its significance for the country's present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333632642
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps.- List of Tables.- List of Illustrations.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Note on Transliteration, Names and Dates.- Introduction: The Geographical Setting.- The Origins to 1600: Kiev and Sarai.- 1300-1600: Moscow and Novgorod: The Emergence of Empire and Autocratic Rule.- 1600-1760: Moscow and St Petersburg: Muscovy and the Petrine Empire.- 1760-1860: Russia and Europe: Apogee and Decline of the Autocratic State.- 1860-1917: Europe and Russia: Stabilisation and Collapse of the Autocratic State.- 1917-53: Russian Empire and Soviet Union: From Pariah to Superpower.- 1953-91: The Soviet Union as World Power: Retreat from Utopia.- 1991-the Present: The Russian Federation and CIS: Democracy and Free Market?.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.

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