Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East
Russia is a country of contradictions: a nation of cultural refinement and artistic originality and yet also a country that rules by 'the iron fist'. In this riveting history, Martin Sixsmith shows how Russia's complex identity has been formed over a thousand years, and how it can help us understand its often baffling behaviour at home and abroad.
Combining in-depth research and interviews with his personal experiences as a former BBC Moscow correspondent, Sixsmith skilfully traces the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past, and explains the nation's seemingly split personality as the result of influences that have divided it for centuries.
A Sunday Times bestseller, Russia is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of this country, and its unique place in the modern world.
What people are saying - Write a review
RUSSIA: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild EastUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Former BBC Moscow correspondent Sixsmith charts a millennium of one-step-forward, two-steps-back Russian progress.Communism has long gone by the wayside in most of the former Soviet Union, writes the ... Read full review
Easily readableUser Review - Vortexmind - aNobii
It was the first book I've got on this subject, I wanted to have a general overview of Russian history (a country which I find fascinating). The book has an approachable style and it covers almost ... Read full review