A Traveller's History of Russia

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Interlink Books, 2006 - Travel - 331 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive survey of Russia's tragic and glorious history from pre-history through glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union right up to the present day. The book begins with prehistoric Russia and its nomadic invaders, and covers the rise of Muscovy with its colorful panopaly of rulers from Ivan Moneybags to Ivan the Terrible, despotism of the Romanovs, and the Russian Revolution. Then follows an account of the rise of the Soviet state, its world role and recent changes. The up-to-the-minute conclusion analyzes the Soviet collapse and its devolution into is separate republics, the tragedy of the Chechen War, and Vladimir Putin's election.
  

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Contents

The Coming of the Slavs
1
The Bloody Swamp of Mongol Slavery
12
The Rise of Muscovy 12651462
24
The Consolidation of the Muscovite State 14621584
31
The Time of Troubles
44
Years of Recovery 16131682
52
The Reign of Peter the Great 16891725
67
The Era of Empresses 17251762
88
The Evolution of the Communist State 19171924
187
Russia under Stalin 19241953
205
The USSR since Stalin
229
The USSR in the Eighties
257
The End of the Soviet Union
276
Notes on Sources
294
Grand Princes and Tsars of Kiev and Muscovy
299
Chronology of Major Events
301

Catherine the Great 17621796
101
Tsarism in Crisis 17961855
118
Reform and Reaction Russia 18551894
144
War and Revolution 18941917
164
Further Reading
309
Historical Gazetteer
310
Index
321
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Peter Neville teaches history at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Appeasing Hitler: The Diplomacy of Sir Nevile Henderson 1937-9 (2000) and of short studies of Churchill and Chamberlain. He is a Fellow the Royal Historical Society.

David Woodroffe is a professional illustrator and paper engineer. He illustrates anything and everything and in a long career has worked on advertising campaigns, magazines and comics as well as academic books and children's picture books.

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