The History of Russia

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - History - 242 pages
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This engagingly written short history of Russia provides readers with a clear understanding of Russia's long and complex history through the events of 1998. It is the most up-to-date history available. From its beginnings, through the centuries-long reign of the tsars, the Communist revolution, the years under Stalin, the ascent of Gorbachev and the collapse of Communism, and the economic morass in which Russia finds itself today, this account will help the reader to put the tumultuous history that is Russia into perspective. Ziegler, an expert on Russia, discusses not only the political and economic aspects of each period but its social and cultural milieu as well. Ready-reference materials include a timeline of events in the history of Russia, short biographical notes on key players, and a bibliographic essay.

An introductory chapter describes the geographical and demographic features of Russia. The history of Russia begins in Kiev and moves to Moscow under the centuries-long reign of the tsars, who built a great empire. Following unrest in the last half of the nineteenth century, the Russian Revolution of 1917 ushered in the communist state, which lasted until its collapse in 1991. Ziegler provides a readable and accessible analysis of each period of Russian history--through the Yeltsin era--which will help students and interested readers to understand the long and complex history of this fascinating and troubled country.


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I was reading to appreciate Russia, which I thought can offer more to the world during Sochi Olympics and BAM, they took Crimea! Soft and easy reading, also good for explaining why is Russia a one man show and always has been. Similar to Ottoman Empire. Read full review

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Russia and Its People
Kievan Russia and the Mongol Experience
Muscovite Russia 12401613
Russia under the Romanovs Empire and Expansion 16131855
Reform Reaction and Revolution 18551921
Building Communism 19211953
DeStalinization and Developed Socialism 19531985
Gorbachev Perestroika and the Collapse of Communism
Russias Search for Democracy The Yeltsin Era
Notable People in the History of Russia
Glossary of Selected Terms
Bibliographic Essay

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About the author (1999)

CHARLES E. ZIEGLER is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisville. He is the author of Foreign Policy and East Asia (1993), Environmental Policy in the USSR (1987), and dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.

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