The Course of Russian History, 5th Edition

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan 8, 2009 - History - 636 pages
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Now in its fifth edition, this definitive history of the Russian land and people builds on its success as a fascinating survey of two thousand years of struggle to harness vast resources and talents into a powerful and cohesive nation. From its beginning as a savage and exotic land, Russia underwent a complex evolution of political, social, and religious forces--the barbarism of its internal conflicts in seeming contradiction with its goals to advance in the realms of technology, art, education, and high culture. From the conflicts of the fantastically wealthy ruling class to the poor and oppressed masses emerged the Communist party and the enigmatic figures whose charismatic manipulation of political power reflected the myriad rulers before them. Finally, as the modern world watched, this great entity collapsed in a devastatingly brief time, millennia of precarious conflict proving too much for the tenuous coalescence of twentieth-century politics.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, this text presents students with a comprehensive look at the momentous events and legendary figures which helped shape Russia's turbulent history.
 

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Contents

Vegetation Zones
4
Kievan Russia
13
Red Square in Moscow Frontispiece
23
Russia 10541225
32
Kievan Society
36
Novgorod and the Rise of Moscow
50
Valiant Knights
69
Growth of Moscow 13001462
71
George Plekhanov
321
Constitutional Monarchy
331
Bloody Sunday
339
The Eastern Front
358
Alexander Kerensky
367
Troubled Times
372
Lenin addressing street crowds
375
The Bolshevik attack at the Winter Palace
386

The Emergence of the Moscow State
74
Ivan III
76
Moscows Kremlin and Environs 16th Century
88
Ivan the Terrible
91
The Time of Troubles
111
The First Romanovs
122
The Zemskii Sobor
130
Growth of Russia 14621676
137
Peter the Great
140
Tsarevna Sophia
142
Peter the Great and his son Alexis
162
The Age of Favorites
169
Catherine the Great
181
Catherine II
183
Growth of Russia 16821796
196
The Enigmatic Tsar
207
Alexander I
208
Kutuzov at a council of war
219
The Policeman of Russia and Europe
236
Nicholas I
239
Reform and Reaction
260
Alexander II
262
Volga Boatmen
282
Russian Eastward Expansion 18011914
285
Growth of Russia 17961881
292
The Age of Counterreforms
299
and his family
313
Russia after the Treaty of BrestLitovsk 1918
391
Leon Trotsky
399
The Early Years
408
Moscow State University
418
Stalins Revolution
430
Lunch on Lenins Way Collective Farm
433
Joseph Stalin
445
World War Cold War and Reconstruction
465
German soldiers in Stalingrad
467
The German Invasion of Russia 1941 1942
469
The Big Three at the Yalta Conference
477
Russian Annexations 19391945
479
Russia Under Khrushchev and Brezhnev
491
Central Europe and the Balkans
517
Soviet leaders on the stand of the Lenin mausoleum
519
Andropov to Gorbachev
537
Waiting in line to buy shoes
540
The opening of the first McDonalds
551
Epilogue
571
Boris Yeltsin
575
Euroasia
579
Tribune cartoon
584
Rulers of Russia
588
Romanov Dynasty
589
Index
591
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