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History of Russia and the USSR

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ISBN-10: 0534586996

ISBN-13: 9780534586997

Edition: 6th 2002

Authors: David MacKenzie, Michael W. Curran

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In this revision of their best-selling book, MacKenzie and Curran present a clear and objective account of the history of Russians and other eastern Slavs from its beginnings in ancient Rus to the demise of the Soviet Union and, most recently, the Putin presidency. Acclaimed in the field for its clarity, comprehensiveness, and accuracy, the text balances social/cultural history with political history.
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Book details

List price: $288.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 9/11/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 784
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.25" long
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

Michael W. Curran is a former Ohio State University Dean (Humanities College and University College) and is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of History, where he taught courses on the history of Russia and Eastern Europe for 35 years. He also served as director of Ohio State's Center for Slavic and East European Studies. He studied at the Free University of Berlin, Germany; Helsinki University, Finland; and universities in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) and Moscow. He holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published articles and reviews on Russian history and is currently working on newly accessible materials from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The Peoples
Russian Responses to Challenges
Ancient Rus
Early Occupants of the Great Eurasian Plain
The Huns, Avars, and Khazars
The Princes of Kievan Rus
Political History
Ruling Rus
External Relations
Decline and Fall
Kievan Rus: Economic Life, Society, Culture, and Religion
Economic Life
Social Structure
Urban Life
Religion and Culture
The Ascendance of the Southwest and the Northeast
The Southwest
The Northeast
The Mongols and Russia
The Mongol Invasion of Rus
The Golden Horde's Suzerainty over Rus
Novgorod and Lithuania
The Rise of Moscow
Founding and Early Development
Moscow versus Tver
Ivan I and His Successors
Dmitri Ivanovich and the Battle of Kulikovo
Russian Historians on Moscow's Rise
Society, Culture, and Religion in Appanage Rus
The Issue of Russian "Feudalism"
Role of the Orthodox Church
The Unification of Great Russia
Expansion and the Growth of Grand Princely Power
Ivan III, The Great (1462-1505)
Internal Changes and Conflicts
Vasili III (1505-1533)
Ivan the Terrible (1533-1584)
Minority and Rule with the Chosen Council
External Affairs
The Oprichnina and After
Ivan's Reign Assessed
The Time of Troubles
Background and Causes
Dynastic Struggle: Fedor I and Boris Godunov (1584-1605)
Social Revolt and Foreign Invasion (1605-1610)
National Revival and the Romanovs' Election (1610-1613)
The Early Romanovs: Politics and Foreign Affairs
The Rulers and the 'Zemskii Sobor'
The Army
Eastward Expansion
Annexation of Eastern Ukraine
The Early Romanovs: Society, Culture, and Religion
Foreign Influences
Religious Controversies and Heresies
Patriarch Nikon's Church Reforms
The Development of Serfdom
Peter The Great: Politics, War, and Diplomacy
Peter's Youth and His Trip to the West
War and Diplomacy
Peter The Great: Social, Economic, and Religious Policies
State Service by the Nobility
Increased Burdens of the Peasantry
Economic Policies
Church Reform
The Era of Palace Revolutions, 1725-1762
Society and Economy
Culture and Westernization
Foreign Relations
Catherine II Rules and Expands Russia, 1762-1796
Peter III and the Coup of June 1762
Catherine II-Woman and Ruler
The Legislative Commission
Administrative Changes
External Affairs
Catherine II: Economic, Social, and Cultural Policies
The Economy
The Society
The Pugachov Refolt, 1773-1774
Education and Culture
The Russian Enlightenment
Bureaucratic Monarchy: Paul and Alexander I, 1796-1825
Paul I. Political Policies of Alexander I. Speranskii's Reform Program
The Arakcheevshchina
The Decembrist Revolt
War and Diplomacy, 1796-1825
Paul I. Alexander I: Orientation and Initial Policies, 1801-1804
Coalition Wars, 1805-1807
Tilsit and the Franco-Russian Alliance, 1807-1812
Napoleon Invades Russia, 1812
Liberation of Europe and the Vienna Settlement, 1813-1815
The Concert of Europe
Social, Economic, and Cultural Development, 1796-1855
The Nobility
Urban Centers
Industrial Development
Painting and Architecture
The "Iron Tsar"
The Ruler and His Ideology
The Army
The Intelligentsia
Foreign Affairs
The Crimean War, 1853-1856
Political Reform and Minorities, 1855-1904
Alexander II and the Emancipation
Other Social and Political Reforms
Censorship and Education
Local Self-Government
Judicial Reform
Military Reform
Significance of the Great Reforms
Treatment of Minorities before 1905
Social and Economic Development, 1855-1904
The Peasant World
Industry and Finance until 1891
Finance and Industry: The Spurt of the 1890s
Social Change
Diplomacy and Empire, 1855-1905
Relations with Europe until 1875
Pan-Slavism and the Eastern Question until 1878
The Caucasus and Central Asia
Europe and the Balkans, 1881-1905
Russia in the Far East until 1914
Opposition to Tsarism, 1855-1905
Liberalism and Radicalism, 1855-1870
Revolutionary Populism
The Development of Marxism
From Populism to the Socialist Revolutionaries (SRs)
Liberalism Organizes
Reactionary Tsarism, 1881-1904
War, Revolution, and Reform, 1904-1914
The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
The 1905 Revolution
Creation of the Duma Monarchy, 1905-1906
Political Development, 1907-1914
Economic and Social Development
Foreign Affairs, 1906-1914
Cultural Developments, 1855-1917
War and Revolution, 1914-1917
Russia Enters World War I. War Aims and Wartime Diplomacy
The Army and the Fronts
The Home Front
The March Revolution
From March to November 1917
The "Dual Power"
The Bolsheviks Gain Leaders and a Program
The Revolution Moves Left (May-July)
Kornilov and the Rightward Shift (July-September)
The Rising Tide (September-November)
The November Revolution
Civil War and War Communism, 1917-1921
First Steps, 1917-1918
Civil War, 1918-1920
Civil War and Allied Intervention, 1918-1920
"War Communism": An Economic Disaster
The Kronstadt Revolt of 1921
The New Economic Policy and Power Struggle, 1921-1927
Economic and Political Controls of NEP
The Struggle over Succession
The Politics of Stalinism, 1928-1941
Intraparty Struggles and Crises, 1929-1934
The Great Purge
Government and Party Organization
The Great Transformation
The Great Industrialization Debate, 1924-1928
Forced Collectivization
Industry: The Five Year Plans
Shifts in Social Policies
Soviet Culture Under Lenin and Stalin, 1917-1953
Initial Policies
Lunacharskii: The Politics of Culture
Soviet Culture in the Making: 'Proletkult' and Other Vanguard Groups
The Cinema
Stalinist Culture, 1929-1953. 'Partiinost' in Literature
Anticosmopolitanism and the Arts
Soviet Foreign Relations to 1941
First Revolutionary Era, 1917-1921
Accommodation, 1921-1927
Neoisolationism, 1928-1933
Collective Security, 1934-1937
The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941
War and Reconstruction, 1941-1953
The 1942 Campaign: The Turning Point
Soviet Offensives and Allied Victory, 1943-1945
The USSR and the Far Eastern War
Postwar Stalinism
The Khrushchev Era, 1953-1964
Politics: Repudiating Stalinism
Economy: Focus on Agriculture
Foreign Affairs: Crises in the Communist Bloc Countries
Khrushchev's Fall
The Brezhnev Era, 1964-1982
Politics: Brezhnev's Rise
Nationalism and Dissent
Economy and Society
Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces
The Soviet Gerontocracy, 1982-1985
Domestic Politics
Economy and Society
Foreign Policy
The Gorbachev Revolution, 1985-1991
The Leader and the Succession. 'Glasnost' and Political Reform
Nationalities and Nationalism. 'Perestroika's' Impact on the Economy and Society
National Security and Foreign Affairs
Soviet Culture After Stalin, 1953-1991
The Thaw, 1953-1956. 'Dr. Zhivago' and the Refreeze
Culture under Khrushchev
Culture under Brezhnev
Culture under Gorbachev, 1985-1991
The Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1990-1992
Gorbachev Declines, Yeltsin Rises, 1990-1991
The August Coup
The Demise of the Soviet Union, 1991-1992
The Commonwealth of Independent States
The Yeltsin Years, 1991-1999
The Legacy of Soviet Communism
Environmental Problems: A Devastated Land
Troubled Transitions, 1992-?
Politics: Yeltsin versus the Parliament
Post-Soviet Culture
Yeltsin's Disputed Legacy
The Putin Presidency
Early Life and Career
The Road to the Presidency
Putin as President
Tentative Assessment
Culture Under Yeltsin and Putin
Russian and Soviet Leaders, 1328-2000
Areas and Populations of Former Soviet Union Republics
Populations of Principal Cities of the Russian Federation
Glossary of Foreign Words