Russia and the Soviet Union: An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, May 1, 2011 - 744 pages
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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 presidency of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated, Russia and the Soviet Union addresses 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. The sixth edition includes a new chapter on Vladimir Putin, additional treatment of social and foreign policy issues, and an updated chapter on post-Soviet Russia and the Yeltsin era. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful maps, illustrations, photos, 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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User Review  - Elvin - Goodreads

A surprisingly interesting and very well written book about a subject I knew very little. His style keeps it interesting and that is often not true where this much history has to be covered. I will seek other books by this author solely because I like his style. Read full review

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User Review  - Cecelia - Goodreads

Its alright, I had to read it for a class otherwise i wouldn't have bought it, let alone pick it up off the shelf Read full review

About the author (2011)

John M. Thompson is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. in the historical and cultural study of religions from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Although specializing in Buddhism and Chinese traditions, Dr. Thompson has broad interests in the fields of religion, theology, and philosophy, and has published widely in both scholarly and popular venues. His most recent book, a basic introduction to Buddhism, is part of a six-volume set on the world's religions.

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