Russian Moment in World History

ISBN-10: 0691126062
ISBN-13: 9780691126067
Edition: 2006
Authors: Marshall T. Poe
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Description: Is Russian history one big inevitable failure? The Soviet Union's demise and Russia's ensuing troubles have led many to wonder. But this is to look through a skewed prism indeed. In this provocative and elegantly written short history of Russia,  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Is Russian history one big inevitable failure? The Soviet Union's demise and Russia's ensuing troubles have led many to wonder. But this is to look through a skewed prism indeed. In this provocative and elegantly written short history of Russia, Marshall Poe takes us well beyond the Soviet haze deep into the nation's fascinating--not at all inevitable, and in key respects remarkably successful--past. 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. Written with verve and great insight,The Russian Moment in World Historywill be widely read and vigorously debated by those who seek a clear and unequivocal understanding of the complex history that has made Russia what it is today.

List of Maps
Preface
What Russia Is and What It Is Not
From Slavs to Rus'
From Rus' to Russia
The Challenge of Early Modernity
The Origins of the Russian Moment
The Progress of the Russian Moment
From Early Modernity to Modernity
The End of the Russian Moment
Coda: What Might Have Been
Chronology
Bibliographic Note
Index

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