A History of Russia

A History of Russia

A History of Russia Widely acclaimed as the best one volume survey text available A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia s history from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire to S

  • Title: A History of Russia
  • Author: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
  • ISBN: 9780195121797
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Widely acclaimed as the best one volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia s history, from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, this sixth edition updates its existing coverage of the social, eWidely acclaimed as the best one volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia s history, from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, this sixth edition updates its existing coverage of the social, economic, cultural, political and military events of Russia s past and includes a new chapter on the post Gorbachev era as well as helpful updated bibliographies and reading source lists Examining contemporary issues such as the rise of Yeltsin, the nationalities question, and Russia s attempts to market capitalism, this sixth edition takes the study of Russia straight into the new millennium, continuing A History of Russia s nearly forty year track record as the leader in the field.

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    RUSSIA Russia. A complex and fascinating history, a rich culture with many a contradiction, influenced by a unique geography defined by a sweeping expanse of beautiful but challenging and sometimes harsh and unforgiving landscapes, a “nation” whose history can be characterized as heroic, brutal and tragic.Russia. Straddling between Asia and Europe, but with strong ties to European culture and history, as repeatedly stressed in history by many Russian leaders like Peter the Great and Catherin [...]

    Gran bel libro, veramente. All’inizio ero un po’ diffidente. Lo credevo una specie di manuale di scuola, ma leggendo mi sono reso conto del lavoro buonissimo fatto da Riasanovsky nel condensare in 600 pagine più di duemila anni di storia russa (dagli Sciti e Sarmati a Gorbačëv, per capirci). Una sintesi efficace che riesce a darci a tutto tondo gli aspetti storici e politici, non solo, ma anche quelli economici e culturali. Pagine interessantissime, seppur stringate, sulla letteratura rus [...]

    For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job. It describes not only the usual progression of kings and wars, but goes into some detail regarding politics - both foreign and domestic - as well as trade, education-levels, social order, literature and the arts as they have shifted through the centuries. On the other hand, this is a rather shallow look at Russian history, barely dipping its toes into the ocean of reasons [...]

    This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today. The authors did a very good job of remaining impartial even when approaching highly controversial subjects, such as the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine; they were nearly always careful to provide both (or more) perspectives on such contentious issues. I also especially appreciated the authors' explanations of Russian culture in the various periods and their re [...]

    This is probably the best history "textbook" I've ever read. This has gotten me through my Russian history course. Never underestimate the power of a good textbook, especially in the face of a poor lecturer

    A good textbook with clear and simple prose, but very dry for the casual reader. X happens and then Y happens and professors Z1 and Z2 have such-and-so interpretations, but with almost no quotations from primary sources or detail to give color (and improve retention of the material).

    Ereditato dalla biblioteca di mio papà, edizione italiana Garzanti copertina rigida 1965 e letto tanti anni fa. fu la mia prima introduzione alla storia russa. Interessante, dovrei rileggerlo alla luce di tanti libri letti poi su singoli aspetti.

    This is a how a history book must be written. It is an account of Russia's transition from the early Ruirikid State in Kiev to the present. Without going into trivial details and never being verbose, the book surveys the political, economic, social, religious landscapes and other areas too. It gives you a taste of the average Russian's life and spirit through its history. It is exceptionally balanced. Wherever needed it gives a fair idea to the student, of the differing schools of thought addres [...]

    With all the recent activity in Ukraine and Crimea,the history of Russia deserves another opportunity to be read it again. Russia's history no doubt indeed is very complicated and uncertain. The author explains multiple theories with the origins of the Kievan Rus. The author explores each period of time with different categories as: literature, architecture,education and political organization. The version I read was the 4th which ends in 1976. The book narrative is easy and difficult in some pa [...]

    Someone quiz me on Russian history, I dare you. I'm ready. 800 large, small text and tiny margin-ed pages ready.

    Clear and presented in a manner which I didn't think was terribly dry(warning: I'm nerdy about history), I found this to be everything I wanted in an initial foray into Russian history. Riasanovsky does not force his opinions on the reader, nor does he make any unfounded claims. Quite matter-of-fact and balanced with alternate theories presented where appropriate and sources meticulously recorded. Further, there is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text for those w [...]

    This is an academic textbook that covers the history of Rus/Russia to approximately 2010. Its covers both classic history but also culture of each time period. The authors are well read and sometimes appear to be unable to strongly favor any point of view. It is less straightforward than Russia and Russians which is a more one opinion work. I enjoyed learning a lot. The only flaw/disappointment was how they dealt with Stalin or rather did not deal with him. From reading this text one would not g [...]

    A very broad look at Russia's History. A good source for quick facts and a general scope on Russia, but not that great for a close look at any particular ruler.

    Classic history of Russia by noted scholarThis classic survey of Russian history is an excellent overview of this sprawling cultural, military, and political power which has had such a major impact on the world over the last centuries. Written by one of the pre-eminent scholars in the field, it can serve as a textbook introducing students to major topics, a reference for those looking for summaries and overviews of key themes and developments, or simply an informative work for those wanting a de [...]

    This is an academic survey and has all the vices and virtues of the genre. It's comprehensive and learned, and generally well-written and edited, but also a bit dry and abstract. One doesn't get much of a sense of what life was like at a given time. Still, it fulfilled its function. I wanted a chronological survey, and I got a decent one. Now I have an idea of what blanks I want to fill in.

    3.5 stars. Yes, I did read the whole thing, thank you very much. I absolutely loved my history of Russia class, and this was certainly the better of the two required textbooks.

    Although German history was my primary focus in Graduate School, I would be hard-pressed to come up with as comprehensive and useful a history of that country, from its misty past in prehistory to the conflagrations of the Twentieth Century and the comparable stability since, as this book is for Russia. Unlike many of the books I read in school, I frequently turn to this one to clarify a fact or refresh my memory of the general picture of Russia at a given point in its history. When I did use it [...]

    I was recommended this book in Professor Irwin Weil's syllabus for 'Classics of Russian Literature'. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Russia. It covers the creation of Russia to the Soviet era. It is very comprehensive, covering not only the rulers but also explains the economic, cultural and social scene. It also introduces the key historical approaches and explains the issues surrounding certain sources. I would recommend buying the latest editio [...]

    The version of this book that I wrote was published in the early 1980s, so I am hoping that later versions of the book have improved. Over all this is a very good history of Russia. Riasanovsky focuses on the various forces that interact in the Russian people; the West versus the Slavic heritage, the Orthodox heritage versus Communism, indeed, Russia is a land of contradictions. I would actually give this book two ratings. For its coverage of Russia prior to 1917 I would give it five stars. This [...]

    Comprehensive and sweeping as the Steppe, Riasanovsky clearly demonstrates his knowledge of the history of Russia. The book provides a thorough description of the foundations of Russua--especially its Kievan roots and through the Romanov dynasty. This edition--published during the Andropov-Chernenko transition--however, fails to draw the Russian authoritarian through-line: to rule Russia means to rule with an iron fist, whether that be Rus, Mongol, Romanov, or Bolshevik.While aptly criticizing t [...]

    This is a text book, so it has everything one might hope for in a history: great bibiliography, both for English and Russian sources, great maps, fantastic index -- in fact, everything one could want to learn about Russia in 1984, since that's the edition I read. That means the writer could not know how certain things would turn out, and makes many of his claims easy to evaluate. He seems to have well understood the pressure Reagan's military buildup would have to have on the USSR, but he doesn [...]

    Miserable writing and poor factual presentation: I am at a loss to explain the five-star reviews of this book. It is one of the most poorly written history books I have ever read. Sentences and facts are constantly qualified, as if the author is afraid to state a fact or opinion. The thoughts and flow are poorly organized, which the author attempts to correct by using long compound sentences. Frequent reference is made to other works with nothing more, like "the Slavs ate green cheese, although [...]

    I wanted a book that was comprehensive on the history of Russia, understandable by a layman that did not know much about it beforehand, not too boring to be able to go through the end, not too full of references to other famous historian works.I found all of that and more. What I did not expect what that the tone of the book would be that wry and that many topics would be used as to show what the author believes to be the Russian soul and spirit (I'm not speaking about vodka there). So in a way, [...]

    Awesome overview of Russia from its humble beginnings to the madhouse it became during the post-Soviet era. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn about Russia for the very first time. It is also a nice resource for 'quick facts' about particular eras in Russian history/literature/political thought. It is incredibly readable as well dedicating entire sections to the aforementioned: history, political thought and literature. I managed to read the ENTIRE thing throughout the course of a [...]

    This book was a bear of a book. It's 629 pages long and covers the history of Russia since the beginning of time. Since this covers hundreds of years, it cannot go into great detail for many of major events. Yet oddly, the author would felt it was important to cover the arts, literature, and present many statistics for every major time frame. I guess the author wanted to cover every aspect of Russian life.Overall, I am better informed about Russia and know which topics I would want to read about [...]

    Lungo da leggere, complesso e pieno di informazioni concentrate. Copre bene tutti i passaggi storici, con approfondimento sulla cultura, arte, religione eccCopre tutto il periodo dal 900 AD fino al 1986 con integrazione di Sergio Romano fino a Putin.Lascia da approfondire in particolare il succedersi dei fatti storici particolari (guerre, battaglie , fatti spiccioli) che sono solo visti nelle loro conseguenze.Un ottimo compendio che fa ben comprendere sopratutto quanto sia complesso e diverso qu [...]

    The latest edition demonstrates why Risanovsky's and Steinberg's text remains the standard for undergraduate Russian history courses. This well-balanced volume covers Russia from prehistory to present, including political, economic, social, and cultural history. The last two chapters, on Putin's Russia, could use a touch more editing and proofreading, but all in all fine work.

    I've wanted to read this for a long time because I wanted to learn about Russia, and this is the textbook they use at UCLA, but I was a little intimidated because I thought it might be overwhelming. Once I jumped in, I looked forward to reading it every day. I learned a lot, and the index may be one the best I've ever seen.

    I loved this book (the 4th edition) when I was in college. I still have it, I love it that much. And now I know that there is an 11th edition, which I want to get. But I won't get rid of the book from college. For sentimental reasons, I guess.

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