The definitive history of Russia, based on newly opened archives material, and written by leading American and European scholars. 12 color plates. 156 illustrations. 6 maps.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)|
Table of Contents
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1. From Kiev to Muscovy: The Beginnings to 1450, Janet Martin, (University of Miami)
2. Muscovite Russia, 1450-1598, Nancy Shields Kollmann, (Stanford University)
3. From Muscovy towards St Petersburg, 1598-1689, Hans-Joachim Torke, (Free University of Berlin)
4. The Petrine Era and After, 1689-1740, John T. Alexander, (University of Kansas)
5. The Age of Enlightenment, 1740-1801, Gary Marker, (State University of New York)
6. Pre-Reform Russia, 1801-1855, David L. Ransel, (Indiana University)
7. Reform and Counter-Reform, 1855-1900, Gregory L. Freeze, (Brandeis University)
8. Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1914, Reginald E. Zelnik, (University of California, Berkeley)
9. Russia in War and Revolution, 1914-1921, Daniel T. Orlovsky, (Southern Methodist University)
10. The New Economic Policy (NEP) and the Revolutionary Experiment, 1921-1929, William B. Husband, (Oregon State University)
11. Building Stalinism, 1929-1941, Lewis Siegelbaum, (Michigan State University)
12. The Great Fatherland War and Late Stalinism, 1941-1953, William C. Fuller, Jr, (United States Naval War College)
13. From Stalinism to Stagnation, 1953-1985, Gregory L. Freeze, (Brandeis University)
14. A Modern 'Time of Troubles': From Reform to Disintegration, 1985-1999, Gregory L. Freeze, (Brandeis University)
15. Meltdown, Rebuilding, Reform, 1996-2008, Gregory L. Freeze, (Brandeis University)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an extremly difficult read for anyone who is trying to get any information about the actual history of Russia, rather than a history of the leaders. Very informative about the rule of russia, however left out many important factor as to what was going on in the rest of the world. Very tedious and boring. Skip it if you dont have to read it for a class. If you have to read it for a class, drop the class immediatly.
This book isn't so much a history of Russia, but a history of Russia's leaders and leadership. It delves into the machinations of the czars, rulers, bolshiveks, and all their minions with monotonous detail, but misses the importance of the significant EVENTS that shaped Russian history. Napoleon's invasion of Russia, why he failed, why the Russians triumphed, is barely analyzed. Discussion of the Russo-Japanese war doesn't even rate an entire paragraph! (Now, if the author ever wanted to delve into the mind of a Russian czar, here was a great place to do it. What prompted Nicolas II to provoke a war with Japan? What made him so confident that he sailed his navy halfway around the world to battle with the Japanese, only to suffer a near-total defeat? Who was in charge of the Russian navy, and what mistakes were made?) Skip this book. Maybe someone will find a better history of Russia out there, and write a review so we can find it.