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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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-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
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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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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great survey history of personalities.
Julian Schofield
If you are interested in Russian history, as I am, this book should be essential reading for you.
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I found this book to be both entertaining and informative.
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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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"Chronicle of the Russian Tsars" by David Warnes is an excellent introduction to the 26 men and women who presided over imperial Russia. Warnes offers snapshot portraits of these rulers and quick sketches of their times. There are interesting asides and quotations and more than 350 illustrations adding to this books charms. While experts and scholars on the subject will not find this book that useful, it must be remembered this book is an introduction. Certainly those readers who have studied Russian history will find things to nitpick about in this book (I, for one, would have liked to have seen more on "the Time of Troubles" and the fall of Peter II) but they are not the intended audience of this book. This is a sweeping introduction to the tsars that succeeds admirably. While Warnes is good on the most prominent tsars--Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Nicholas II--this work also offers light on some of the more enigmatic and obscure rules of imperial Russia. Recommended to general readers and I would even steer high schools and precocious junior high students to this book if they are interested in the tsars.
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Format: Hardcover
Some time ago I got on binge for facts dealing with Nicholas II, the last ruler of the Russian Empire. Research lead to details of his Romanov family lineage. That is when I found this book. It is an excellent summary of the Russians Tsars and Romanov line. Reading was not hard and includes lots of photos, paintings and graphics.

The book is broken down by major time periods with family trees showing the relationship of predecessors and successors to the throne. Don't know if I could bear to read in detail on the topic, but this overview was just right.

The books starts with a pre-lineage to the Romanov line after the occupation and rule of Mongol Empire. Very interesting history especially with its parallels to and differences from Western history.

Nice summary book of a different history time line. The pages of my hardbound edition are a heavier, higher quality so paging through this book felt like a reward.
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