Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia’s history–political, international, military, economic, social, and . A History of Russia has ratings and 52 reviews. WarpDrive said: RUSSIA Russia. A complex and fascinating history, a rich culture with many a contr. 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 .

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Russia, whose Tsarist flag as also reflected, with modifications, in the current Russian presidential flagrepresents hustory the very essence of the Russian core: A Century of Conflict Riiasanovsky Black.

This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today. We still discuss some of it from time to time. Its covers both classic history but also culture of each time period.

Trivia About A History of Russia. Volume II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia’s modern history to the events that preceded it.

A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Founding Friendships Cassandra A. A gentleman scholar was kind enough to give insight and a helpful list here: Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. The author explains multiple theories with the origins of the Kievan Rus.

My edition of the book ends with Yeltsin, the once-popular but now seen as weak leader who ushered in the democratic experiment as well as the rise of a new class of plutocrats.

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A History of Russia

It is incredibly readable as well dedicating entire sections to the aforementioned: Even though it was around pages, I remember clearly both my husband and me reading easily and quickly through it and discussing it at length. That means the writer could not know how certain things would turn out, and makes many of his claims easy to evaluate. But I won’t get rid of the book from college.


There is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text, the text is frequently supported by nice and relevant maps, and the sources are meticulously researched and recorded. But for a general history, this is a good starting place.

A History of Russia (Nicholas Riasanovsky) – book review

The Time of Troubles Overall, it’s a very comprehensive introduction to each era, even if it can be a bit of a slog at times to read. Ambivalence is probably a term that can describe the public views on many critical issues in relation to the future direction of Russia. The Soviet Union and the World, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. New to this Edition Riasanovsk chapter has been ruesia revised to reflect new scholarship on all periods, many with new chapter titles that reflect these changes Updated coverage of Russian history in the era of Putin The text has been streamlined to allow for a smoother narrative flow and sharper focus on key historical developments Five new hisotry and a new two-page map feature on the shifting borders of Ukraine.

So whatever the failings in terms of writing and style, I do not hesitate in my rating it 5 stars. Ivan the Terrible, Jun 30, Ariana rated it liked it Shelves: The Early Romanovs, This is precisely why I am not prepared to write a critical review on this book.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook from RedShelf. Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume history available, A History of Russia is also available in two split volumes—the first covers early Russia through the nineteenth century and the second ranges from to the present.

For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job. The only one who gets and real time spent on him is Peter the Great. Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Suny. Choose your country or region Close. 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 hostory I’m not speaking about vodka there.


The latest edition demonstrates why Risanovsky’s and Steinberg’s text remains the standard for undergraduate Russian history courses. And yet I love it! Mar 06, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Riasanovsky’s profound analysis seems to hisfory stulted considerably when he discusses the Soviet Union.

I was sorely disappointed in my purchase and put it down after pages.

The authors have also made some strange choices regarding the spelling of Russian names, choosing to keep the original Russian spelling of some, while changing to a more Westernised style for others – and occasionally use two riasanofsky spellings for a name, changing it between the narrative text and the text below the illustrations. For its coverage of Russia prior to I would give it five stars.

Comprehensive and sweeping as the Steppe, Riasanovsky clearly demonstrates his knowledge of the history of Russia. Mongolia in the 20th Century: Politics and Economy after Stalin, During this time he published Russia in the West in the Teaching of the Slavophilesand spent a year in Rusia as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki Skip to main content.

A History of Russia

It’s well indexed and comes with useful appendixes for references, e. While aptly criticizing the Soviets for the stifling of riasanovksy energies and economics, he seemingly accepts their rule as inevitable. Russian Culture from the Great Reforms to While aptly criticizing t Comprehensive and sweeping as the Steppe, Riasanovsky clearly demonstrates his knowledge of the history of Russia.