A History

Author: Geoffrey A. Hosking

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674004733

Category: History

Page: 718

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Chronicles the history of the Russian Empire from the Mongol Invasion, through the Bolshevik Revolution, to the aftereffects of the Cold War.
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From Earliest Times to the Present

Author: Geoffrey Hosking

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780718193607

Category: Russia

Page: 728

View: 9778

Geoffrey Hosking is one of the foremost historians of Russia and its people. The result of a lifetime's knowledge, this monumental and authoritative work has been acclaimed as the definitive single-volume history of Russia, tracing its story from the settlement of Kiev through to the present day. This second edition is updated throughout, with a new chapter on the recent role of Putin and Medvedev, and their impact on Russia's economy, politics and its citizens. 'Remarkable . . . When writing about Russia, non-Russian historians tend to either pander or patronize. Not so Geoffrey Hosking . . . He writes like a master.' Adam Zamoyski, Sunday Times 'The most up-to-date, comprehensive one-volume history of Russia in print.' Steven Merritt Miner, The New York Times Book Review 'If there is one British writer who has stood firm against one-dimensional accounts of Russia in history and the present, it is Geoffrey Hosking . . . covers the entire period from the foundation of the first Slavic princedom in Kiev through to the Russian Federation . . . a lively account, and a substantial contribution to discussions about present-day Russia.' Robert Service, Independent 'Magnificent . . . Hosking's scholarship and understanding of the Russian mind bring stimulating enlightenment to every page.' Alan Palmer, Literary Review 'If you can only buy one book on Russia, this is the one to buy . . . it meets a genuine need.' Contemporary Review
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A History

Author: Geoffrey A. Hosking

Publisher: Belknap Press

ISBN: 9780674061958

Category: History

Page: 728

View: 4465

Hosking follows the country&s history from the Slavs& first emergence in the historical record in the sixth century C.E. to the Russians& persistent appearances in today&s headlines. The second edition covers the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and Dmitrii Medvedev and the struggle to make Russia a viable functioning state for all its citizens.
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Author: Geoffrey Hosking

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191623946

Category: History

Page: 176

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Spanning the divide between Europe and Asia, Russia is a multi-ethnic empire with a huge territory, strategically placed and abundantly provided with natural resources. But Russia's territory has a harsh climate, is cut off from most maritime contact with the outside world, and has open and vulnerable land frontiers. It has therefore had to devote much of its wealth to the armed forces, and the sheer size of the empire has made it difficult to mobilise resources and to govern effectively, especially given the diversity of its people. In this Very Short Introduction, Geoffrey Hosking discusses all aspects of Russian history, from the struggle by the state to control society, the transformation of the empire into a multi-ethnic empire, Russia's relationship with the West/Europe, the Soviet experience, and the post-Soviet era. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Siberia and the Russians

Author: W. Bruce Lincoln

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801489228

Category: History

Page: 500

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This epic of adventure, heroism, discovery, exploitation, and almost unimaginable cruelty is perhaps unrivaled in human history. It is a sweeping account of the conquest of a formidable landmass millions of square miles bigger than the United States, a story of tremendous human adventure, military exploits, economic power, and geographic discovery.
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The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin

Author: Philip Longworth

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429916868

Category: History

Page: 416

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Through the centuries, Russia has swung sharply between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse, and spectacular recovery. This illuminating history traces these dramatic cycles of boom and bust from the late Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russia of today. Philip Longworth explores the dynamics of Russia's past through time and space, from the nameless adventurers who first penetrated this vast, inhospitable terrain to a cast of dynamic characters that includes Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Stalin. His narrative takes in the magnificent, historic cities of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire to the south, to the Baltic in the west and to Archangel and the Artic Ocean to the north. Who are the Russians and what is the source of their imperialistic culture? Why was Russia so driven to colonize and conquer? From Kievan Rus'---the first-ever Russian state, which collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century---to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century and finally the Soviet period, this groundbreaking study analyses the growth and dissolution of each vast empire as it gives way to the next. Refreshing in its insight and drawing on a vast range of scholarship, this book also explicitly addresses the question of what the future holds for Russia and her neighbors, and asks whether her sphere of influence is growing.
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Author: Brian Landers

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681770202

Category: History

Page: 576

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A fresh, commanding, and thought-provoking narrative history of the competing Russian and American empires. The American road to empire started when the first English settlers landed in Virginia. Simultaneously, the first Russians crossed the Urals and the two empires that would dominate the twentieth century were born. Empires Apart covers the history of the Americans and Russians from the Vikings to the present day. It shows the two empires developed in parallel as they expanded to the Pacific and launched wars against the nations around them. They both developed an imperial 'ideology' that was central to the way they perceived themselves. Soon after, the ideology of the Russian Empire also changed with the advent of Communism. The key argument of this book is that these changes did not alter the core imperial values of either nation; both Russians and Americans continued to believe in their manifest destiny. Corporatist and Communist imperialism changed only the mechanics of empire. Both nations have shown that they are still willing to use military force and clandestine intrigue to enforce imperial control. Uniquely, Landers shows how the broad sweep of American history follows a consistent path from the first settlers to the present day and, by comparing this with Russia's imperial path, demonstrates the true nature of American global ambitions.
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People and Empire, 1552-1917

Author: Geoffrey A. Hosking

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674781191

Category: History

Page: 548

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Discusses the sixteenth century roots of the lack of a unified Russian identity, the division between the gentry and the peasantry, and the widening gap in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries which led to revolution and continues to affect Russia today.
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Author: Paul Bushkovitch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139504444

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Mendeleev, in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.
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Author: Robert Service

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674018013

Category: History

Page: 658

View: 4792

Russia had an extraordinary twentieth century, undergoing upheaval and transformation. Updating his acclaimed History of Twentieth-Century Russia through 2002, Robert Service provides a panoramic perspective on a country whose Soviet past encompassed revolution, civil war, mass terror, and two world wars. He shows how seven decades of communist rule, which penetrated every aspect of Soviet life, continue to influence Russia today. This new edition also discusses continuing economic and social difficulties at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the military campaign in Chechnya, and Russia's reduced role on the world stage.
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A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present

Author: John M Thompson,John Thompson

Publisher: Westview Press

ISBN: 0813346975

Category: History

Page: 416

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This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin’s renewed presidency of the twenty-first century. Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the “inevitability” of the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist terror, and the Gorbachev reform effort. Tackling those topics and others, Thompson’s seventh edition is updated to discuss the flawed parliamentary elections to the Russian Duma in December 2011 as well as the election of Vladimir Putin to a second non-consecutive term as president of Russia in March 2012. Recent sociopolitical changes are reflected in a thoroughly rewritten Chapter 15 on the “New” Russia and a new Chapter 16 discussing Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful images and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as well as politics and foreign policy.
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Russia's North Asian Colony 1581-1990

Author: James Forsyth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521477710

Category: History

Page: 455

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This is the first ethnohistory of Siberia to appear in English, tracing the history of the native peoples from the Russian conquest onwards. James Forsyth compares the Siberian experience with that of the Indians and Eskimos in North America and the book as a whole will provide readers with a vast corpus of ethnographic information previously inaccessible to Western scholars.
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The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation

Author: Oliver Bullough

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465074979

Category: History

Page: 296

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Russia is dying from within. Oligarchs and oil barons may still dominate international news coverage, but their prosperity masks a deep-rooted demographic tragedy. Faced with staggering population decline—and near-certain economic collapse—driven by toxic levels of alcohol abuse, Russia is also battling a deeper sickness: a spiritual one, born out of the country’s long totalitarian experiment. In The Last Man in Russia, award-winning journalist Oliver Bullough uses the tale of a lone priest to give life to this national crisis. Father Dmitry Dudko, a dissident Orthodox Christian, was thrown into a Stalinist labor camp for writing poetry. Undaunted, on his release in the mid-1950s he began to preach to congregations across Russia with little concern for his own safety. At a time when the Soviet government denied its subjects the prospect of advancement, and turned friend against friend and brother against brother, Dudko urged his followers to cling to hope. He maintained a circle of sacred trust at the heart of one of history’s most deceitful systems. But as Bullough reveals, this courageous group of believers was eventually shattered by a terrible act of betrayal—one that exposes the full extent of the Communist tragedy. Still, Dudko’s dream endures. Although most Russians have forgotten the man himself, the embers of hope that survived the darkness are once more beginning to burn. Leading readers from a churchyard in Moscow to the snow-blanketed ghost towns of rural Russia, and from the forgotten graves of Stalin’s victims to a rock festival in an old gulag camp, The Last Man in Russia is at once a travelogue, a sociological study, a biography, and a cri de coeur for a dying nation—one that, Bullough shows, might yet be saved.
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Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America

Author: Owen Matthews

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408833980

Category: History

Page: 400

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The Russian Empire once extended deep into America: in 1818 Russia's furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii. The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov ? diplomat, adventurer, courtier, millionaire and gambler. His quest to plant Russian colonies from Siberia to California led him to San Francisco, where he was captivated by Conchita, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the Spanish Governor, who embodied his dreams of both love and empire. From the glittering court of Catherine the Great to the wilds of the New World, Matthews conjures a brilliantly original portrait of one of Russia's most eccentric Empire-builders.
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From the Enlightenment to Marxism

Author: Andrzej Walicki

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804711326

Category: History

Page: 456

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This book covers virtually all the significant Russian thinkers from the age of Catherine the Great Down to the eve of the 1905 Revolution.
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How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Author: Masha Gessen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 159463453X

Category: History

Page: 515

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Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.
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Author: Itamar Rabinovich

Publisher: The Moshe Dayan Center

ISBN: 9780813309255

Category: Political Science

Page: 710

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An annual record and analysis of political, economic, military and international developments in the Middle East. Addresses developments relating to internal and external issues, both regionally and internationally. Also includes a country-by-country survey of each of the Middle Eastern entities, excluding Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Acidic paper. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Author: Robert Service

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 653

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A narrative drawing upon primary sources focuses upon the political and economic history of Russia from 1900 through 1997
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The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History

Author: Charles Halperin

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253013666

Category: History

Page: 192

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"... an imaginative and dispassionate re-examination of the significance of the Mongol Conquest and its aftermath for Russia’s historical development." —Slavic Review "On all counts Russia and the Golden Horde infuses the subject with fresh insights and interpretations." —History "Combining rigorous analysis of the major scholarly findings with his own research, Halperin has produced both a much-needed synthesis and an important original work." —Library Journal "Halperin’s new book combines sound scholarship and a flair for storytelling that should help publicize this all too unfamiliar tale in the West." —Virginia Quarterly Review "It is a seminal work that will be repeatedly cited in the future... " —The Historian "... ingenious and highly articulate... " —Russian Review
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Author: David MacKenzie,Michael W. Curran

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 776

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In this revision of their best-selling text, 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. The authors' approach weaves the external geographic determinism of the Eurasian school and the organic, inner-oriented approach of Russian historians.
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