Course of Russian History, 5th Edition

ISBN-10: 1606083716
ISBN-13: 9781606083710
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Description: Now in its fifth edition, this definitive history of the Russian land and people builds on its success as a fascinating survey of two thousand years of struggle to harness vast resources and talents into a powerful and cohesive nation. From its  More...

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List price: $60.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 636
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Now in its fifth edition, this definitive history of the Russian land and people builds on its success as a fascinating survey of two thousand years of struggle to harness vast resources and talents into a powerful and cohesive nation. From its beginning as a savage and exotic land, Russia underwent a complex evolution of political, social, and religious forces--the barbarism of its internal conflicts in seeming contradiction with its goals to advance in the realms of technology, art, education, and high culture. From the conflicts of the fantastically wealthy ruling class to the poor and oppressed masses emerged the Communist party and the enigmatic figures whose charismatic manipulation of political power reflected the myriad rulers before them. Finally, as the modern world watched, this great entity collapsed in a devastatingly brief time, millennia of precarious conflict proving too much for the tenuous coalescence of twentieth-century politics. Written in an engaging and accessible style, this text presents students with a comprehensive look at the momentous events and legendary figures which helped shape Russia's turbulent history.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Excerpts from Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
To the Student
Russian Federation Map
The Land and Its Early Inhabitants
Kievan Russia
Kievan Society
Novgorod and the Rise of Moscow
The Emergence of the Moscow State
Ivan the Terrible
The Time of Troubles
The First Romanovs
Peter the Great
The Age of Favorites
Catherine the Great
The Enigmatic Tsar
The Policeman of Russia and Europe
Reform and Reaction
The Age of Counterreforms
Constitutional Monarchy
Troubled Times
Communist Russia: The Early Years
Stalin's Revolution
World War, Cold War, and Reconstruction
Russia Under Khrushchev and Brezhnev
Andropov to Gorbachev
Epilogue
Rulers of Russia
Romanov Dynasty
Index

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