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

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 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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Contents

ANCIENT RUSSIA AND THE KIEVAN STATE
1
RUSSIA DIVIDED AND CONQUERED 10541462
47
MOSCOW AND THE GATHERING OF THE RUSSIAN
77
IVAN THE TERRIBLE AND THE TIME OF TROUBLES
109
THE MOLDING OF RUSSIAN SOCIETY 16131689
142
PETER THE GREAT AND WESTERNIZATION 16891725
177
CHANGE AND CONTINUITY 17251801
209
POWER BACKWARDNESS AND CREATIVITY
251
REFORM REACTION AND MODERNIZATION
287
REVOLUTION REFORM AND WAR 19041917
329
REVOLUTION CIVIL WAR AND THE FOUNDING
367
THE SECOND REVOLUTION THE STALINIST SYSTEM
416
THE SOVIET UNION AS A SUPERPOWER CHANGE
462
THE GORBACHEV REVOLUTION AND THE COLLAPSE
530
THE NEW RUSSIA IN THE POSTSOVIET ERA
578
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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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