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A History of Russia Volume 1: To 1917 (Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies) Paperback – July 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1843310235 ISBN-10: 1843310236 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Paperback: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Anthem Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843310236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843310235
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Manages to embrace a wide range of topics while at the same time remaining accessible and interesting…Balances humorous anecdotes with provocative concepts, and discusses historiography in a clearer and more contemporary fashion than that found in Riasanovsky's 'A History of Russia', now in its sixth edition and looking a bit musty by comparison...There is little to fault with this volume.' —Andrew Gentes, Lecturer in Russian and European History, University of Queensland, in 'Australian Slavonic and East European Studies'



'An expertly presented and thoroughly informative narration recommended for a scholar's Russian history reference shelf, as well as accessibly informative reading for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the historical development of Russia.' —'Midwest Book Review'

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A comprehensive and accessible history of the culture, people and politics of this vast and enigmatic nation.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brent Woo on February 18, 2009
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Moss presents the cold, hard facts of early Russian history in a highly readable and accessible format. The language and format is so comfortable that many times I forgot that I was reading this on assignment. The "Part" introductions provide a very good overview of the chapters to come, and are useful tools for reviewing (or cramming) the comprehensive material of the text. Moss has copious footnotes and annotations to provide for further reading, and provides a "Suggested Sources" at the end of every chapter for even more reading. Appendices include a Timeline of everything that is described in the book (excellent for review and testing oneself), a more-than-sufficient bibliography, a table of Russian rulers (very useful, but oddly laid out), and a Glossary (very helpful!). I really enjoy reading the book, and I will surely complete the set with the second volume.

I have only two complaints. The first is superficial. The maps presented throughout the book are informative, but often confusing. I realize without color, maps are severely limited, but when presented with several different kinds of striped area, it's no less ambiguous than several shades of grey. For example, p 18 provides an outline of Moscow, Lithuania and the Mongolian Empire. I don't understand why the four divisions of Moscow are given in 1304, 1389, 1462, and 1533, while Lithuania is given in 1304, 1377, and 1462. The Mongols are given an outline for the 15th century only! I can't compare what's happening at any given time, esp. since there's a lot of give-and-take going on during this period. This may be my own shortcoming but the map does not come off as easy to read.

Second, the binding of this book is horrible.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2003
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Now in a revised second edition reflecting the latest research findings and controversies on multiple subjects, A History Of Russia Volume I: To 1917 by Walter G. Moss (Department of History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University) is the first of a comprehensive two-volume set that, in addition to the sweeping events of Russian political history, takes note of the everyday life, women's studies, religion, literature, and art of Russia. A History Of Russia Volume I: To 1917 is an expertly presented and thoroughly informative narration recommended for a scholar's Russian History reference shelf, as well as accessibly informative reading for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the historical development of Russia.
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By Mary Ann Lamovsky on April 12, 2014
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I took my first course in the history of Imperial Russia and this book has been a great introduction to the subject.
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By Nicole on October 9, 2013
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I ordered this because it was a required book for my boyfriend's class and it arrive here quicker than I thought it would and is in pretty good shape too. It's really nice that it came so soon as he needed it for class right away so that was awesome.
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