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Chronicle of the Russian Tsars: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia Hardcover – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: The Chronicles Series
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500050937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500050934
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

-Warnes has done a masterful job of bringing to life 1000 years of fascinating Russian history. The introduction gives a good historical overview of how Tsarism came into being. The succeeding chapters are divided by major political events and social upheaval. For instance, one chapter (1598-1605) is the "Time of Trouble." The reign of each tsar is analyzed within this framework, highlighting major events, but also giving abundant personal details such as marriages, children, etc. Numerous highlighted boxes in each chapter give either family trees or explain something of interest in that time period, such as "serfdom in the period of Elizabeth" or "Tsar Alexei's Shopping List." There are numerous quotes from personal letters, contemporary historians, and other primary sources as well as many maps of major battles or other historical events. With an extensive epilogue; a huge "select bibliography"; a list of illustration credits; and an easy-to-read, well-organized text, this is a fine choice for students doing research on a specific ruler, or for those who are just interested in the story of Imperial Russia.
Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is the latest in the Chronicle series; prior works have dealt with Chinese emperors, Egyptian pharaohs, popes, and Roman emperors. Warnes, who also wrote a fine general history of modern Russia, has provided a useful and very informative study of tsars from Ivan III to the ill-fated Nicholas II. While the superbly organized text is geared toward general readers, specialists will find considerable value here; Warnes' speculations on the causes of Russian eastward expansion and on the actual relations between church and state are both provocative and credible. Lavish illustrations and instructive maps supplement the text. For high-school, college, and public libraries, this survey will be a valuable resource. Jay Freeman

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Well written, good pictures and well researched.
Victoria
If you are interested in Russian history, as I am, this book should be essential reading for you.
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Very interesting history especially with its parallels to and differences from Western history.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The first Russian state emerged in the late 9th century as a federation of Slavic kingdoms and tribes around Kiev, under the leadership of Rurik, who almost certainly was of Scandinavian origin. Later rulers included such major figures as Alexander Nevsky (who defeated the Teutonic Knights) and Vasily II (who made the Orthodox Church independent), but the author begins his survey with Ivan III "the Great" in 1462. Each tsar or tsarina gets a boxed summary of personal data, an historical survey of the reign, a variety of illustrations and relevant maps, and often a basic genealogical drop-chart. Warnes is a well-known scholar of Russian history and culture and his interpretations of five centuries of Russian history are astute and well-written. Specialists in Western Europe often know very little about Russian history and the several dynasties that made it. This volume makes a good ready-reference resource.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruce D. Wilner on August 18, 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed this balanced account of the czars. I wish there could have been more treatment of those that preceded the Romanovs--I guess you'd call them the "Dukes of Muscovy"--but it's probably for obvious reasons (viz., the availability of 15th-century vs. 19th-century sources) that they're slighted. Watch out for editorial problems all over the place. In one diagram, somebody's wife is also indicated as that same somebody's daughter. This is just plain laziness: someone neglected to sufficiently carefully review the diagram and delete the offending 5 mm. line segment. Also, in a factoid box summarizing Nikolai II, his father is listed as Aleksandr II when, in fact, his father was quite obviously Aleksandr III. Also, the book steered uncomfortably clear of some of the unsolved mysteries of the throne, e.g., by reducing the eighteen-day rule of Czar Konstantin (27 Nov.-14 Dec. 1825) to but a single, unstressed sentence. In overall quality, this book compares favorably to the other members of the series: indeed, it is often superior. But, in its striving for balance, it omits some important coverage. More deserves to be said about Ivann IV Vasiliyevich ("The Terrible"--in actuality, "The Awesome" is the proper translation of his title, "Groznij") and Pyotr I Alekseyevich ("The Great") because these czars made outstanding contributions that shaped the character of Russia, not just because they were on the throne for 30+ years. The czars' role in Russian history cannot be compared to the role of any other succession of leaders in the history of any other nations: the czars were the heart and soul of the empire they so tenderly loved with such religious conviction (not to mention "the divine right of kings"); without exaggeration, the czars WERE Russia.
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Format: Paperback
For more than a thousand years, Russian history was an uninterrupted story of both internal and external political violence from which occasionally emerged rules of legend. In "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Russia" by historian and author David Warnes provides a comprehensive 224-page history that draws upon original source materials (including personal letters, contemporary historical documents, and maps of major battles) to provide a detailed, chronologically organized history of the reign of each of the twenty-six tsars who held the throne of the Russian empire. Profusely illustrated throughout, "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" provides succinct biographies of the tsars, time lines, genealogical information. Of special note are the more than ninety 'sidebars' and special features providing social, cultural, and technological contextual information. Ideal for students researching Russian history, "Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" is also highly recommended as informed and informative reading for non-specialist general readers with an interest in the tsars of Russia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By william tiemann on August 7, 2013
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great book if you ever wanted to know aout the Tsar's this book is for you. fome Ivan the Terrible to the Last Tsar
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If you are interested in Russian history, as I am, this book should be essential reading for you. It details the reigns of all of the Russian Tsars from their beginning to the end of Nicholas II. Additionally, there are sidebar paragraphs and whole picture pages (with beautiful color photos) that tells the reader more about life and times in Russia during a particular reign.

We read about the begining of Rus as a very small land area which, over the centuries, grew into the country we are familiar with today, even with all of the changes of the past decade or two. I found the entire book fascinating, and would highly recommend it!
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By James Yanni on April 9, 2010
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Quite interesting and informative; this book gives a reign-by-reign summary of each Tsar from Ivan III in 1462 to Nicholas II in 1917, with a brief epilogue. The writing is readable, if not as much so as some of the best historical writers (such as David McCullough)but much better than many writers of history who seem to feel that it isn't professional to exhibit style. Definitely a worthwhile reference.
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By Michelle Yelle on March 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
I use this book in my Russian history class. Tired of my students having to pay outrageous textbook prices, I use this along with three other trade books as their texts. I have tried every Russian history textbook on the market. The books were expensive and really assumed the student had a working knowledge of Russian history. My students struggled to slog through dense history. Then I found this gem that gives them an overview of each tsar but also provides beautiful pictures of the art and culture of the time. Now my students are actually reading the material and learning something. The students love it. You do have to supplement it with lectures or notes but for once, my students are reading their textbooks. The narrative is easy to follow, capturing the essence and importance of each ruler's realm. The photographs are gorgeous and add a wonderful cultural element to the book. For under $20, my students are happy.
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