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A Brief History of Russia

A Brief History of Russia

by Michael Kort, Michael Kort
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The history of Russia is a story of extremes: From its climate to its convulsive changes of government, Russia and its people have learned to endure the intolerable. Yet despite such hardships, the country remains one of the most influential in the world. Some of the most esteemed works of literature and music have emerged from its culture, and Russia stands poised to be a major player in global politics as the 21st century progresses.

Detailing the social, economic, and political changes and crises that the people of Russia have experienced, A Brief History of Russia provides a comprehensive and thorough account of this vast country's history. A chronology, bibliography, basic facts, a list of suggested reading, as well as 50 images and maps enrich this invaluable book. Coverage includes The conquest and rule of Russia by the Mongol Golden Horde, The reign of terror of Ivan the Terrible, The start of modernization under Peter the Great, The rise to the center of European power under Catherine the Great, The Russian Revolution and the emergence of the superpower Soviet Union, The disintegration of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin's terms as president and his plans for the country's future.

About the Author:
Michael Kort is professor of social science at Boston University and holds a Ph.D. in history from New York University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816071135
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Series: Facts on File Brief History Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 440,631
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Before the Russians, Kievan Rus, and Muscovite Russia (Tenth Century B.C.E.-1462 C.E.)     1
Independence and Unification: The Last Rurikids to the First Romanovs (1462-1694)     24
Imperial Russia: The Eras of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great (1694-1801)     46
The Nineteenth-Century Crisis: The Mystic and the Knout (1801-1855)     72
Reform, Reaction, and Revolution (1855-1917)     95
The Golden and Silver Ages: Russian Cultural Achievement from Pushkin to World War I (1820-1917)     125
Soviet Russia: Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Realities (1917-1953)     152
Soviet Russia: Reform, Decline, and Collapse (1953-1991)     194
Post-Soviet Russia: Yeltsin and Putin (1991-2008)     230
Conclusion: The Russian Riddle     247
Basic Facts about Russia     255
Chronology     260
Bibliography     274
Suggested Reading     279
Index     289

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