A History of Russia

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/12/2010
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country's history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia's history--political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural--with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since 1991 explore Russia's complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future. Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume history available, A History of Russia is also available in two split volumes--the first covers early Russia through the nineteenth century and the second ranges from 1855 to the present. Volume II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia's modern history to the events that preceded it. New to this Edition: * Greater attention to social and cultural history * Updated to cover the Putin administration * Includes more information on women and everyday life throughout Russia * Reduces coverage of the pre-imperial era and greatly expands coverage of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century * Offers new 4-color reference maps

Author Biography

Nicholas Riasanovsky is Professor Emeritus of History the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including A Parting of Ways: Government and the Educated Public in Russia: 1801-1855 (1976) and The Image of Peter the Great in Russian History and Thought (OUP, 1985).

Mark Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his many books include Voices of Revolution, 1917 (2001) and Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 (2002). Since 2006, he has been editor of the journal Slavic Review.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. x
Illustrationsp. xii
New to the Eighth Editionp. xvii
Preface to the Eighth Editionp. xviii
The Geographical Environmentp. 3
Russia before the Russiansp. 9
Kievan Rus
The Origins of the Kievan Statep. 19
Kievan Rus: A Political Outlinep. 24
Kievan Rus: Economy, Society, Institutionsp. 38
Kievan Rus: Religion and Culturep. 46
Appanage Russia
Appanage Russia: Introductionp. 57
The Mongols and Russiap. 61
Lord Novgorod the Greatp. 71
The Southwest and the Northeastp. 83
The Rise of Moscowp. 89
Appanage Russia: Economy, Society, Institutionsp. 107
Appanage Russia: Religion and Culturep. 114
The Lithuanian-Russian Statep. 128
Muscovite Russia
The Reigns of Ivan the Terrible, 1533-84, and of Theodore, 1584-98p. 139
The Time of Troubles, 1598-1613p. 155
The Reigns of Michael, 1613-45, Alexis, 1645-76, and Theodore, 1676-82p. 173
Muscovite Russia: Economy, Society, Institutionsp. 182
Muscovite Russia: Religion and Culturep. 195
Imperial Russia
The Reign of Peter the Great, 1682-1725p. 211
Russian History from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great: The Reigns of Catherine I, 1725-27, Peter II, 1727-30, Anne, 1730-40, Ivan VI, 1740-41, Elizabeth, 1741-62, and Peter III, 1762p. 239
The Reigns of Catherine the Great, 1762-96, and Paul, 1796-1801p. 251
The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 272
Russian Culture in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 280
The Reign of Alexander I, 1801-25p. 296
The Reign of Nicholas I, 1825-55p. 319
The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 337
Russian Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 344
The Reign of Alexander II, 1855-81p. 363
The Reign of Alexander III, 1881-94, and the First Part of the Reign of Nicholas II, 1894-1905p. 385
The Last Part of the Reign of Nicholas II: The Revolution of 1905 and the Constitutional Period, 1905-17p. 400
The Economic and Social Development of Russia from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917p. 421
Russian Culture from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917p. 439
The Revolutions of 1917p. 464
Soviet Russia
Soviet Russia: An Introductionp. 479
War Communism, 1917-21, and the New Economic Policy, 1921-28p. 487
The Stalin Erap. 511
Soviet Foreign Policy, 1921-41, and the Second World War, 1941-45p. 529
Stalin's Last Decade, 1945-53p. 547
The Soviet Union after Stalin, 1953-85p. 559
Soviet Society and Culturep. 588
The Gorbachev Years, 1985-91, and the Collapse of the Soviet Unionp. 617
Russian Federation
Politics and the Economy after Communism: Yeltsin, Putin, and Beyondp. 641
Society and Culture since 1991p. 681
Appendix: Russian Rulersp. A-1
A Bibliography of Readings in English on Russian Historyp. B-1
Indexp. I-1
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A Thorough Introduction to Russian History April 5, 2011
For anyone interested in an introduction to the history of Russia, I highly recommend Riasanovsky's textbook. It provides a thorough overview of a very rich and complicated subject within the confines of a single volume. I was impressed with the manner in which the author breaks down the timeline of Russian history and treats subtopics (such as cultural developments) separately. I just completed this textbook and have already recommended it to others whom I know are interested in learning more about Russia, I recommend ecampus as well for the service it provides in shipping and textbooks quality.
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