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Product Details

  • Series: Illustrated National Histories
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Rei Sub edition (August 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500276277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500276273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ronald Hingley copes with the complexities and the vastness with admirable clarity.” (The Times [London])

“No better introduction to this restless and turbulent country.” (The Yorkshire Post)

About the Author

Dr. Ronald Hingley, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, has written many books on Russia, including The Russian Mind, and is translator and editor of The Oxford Chekhov.

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Customer Reviews

The sentence structure made it difficult to follow.
Kathleen Megill
An easily understood and fun read for all the Russian history you need.
arlette
So if you love history and cant get enough, you would enjoy this book.
mpls1432

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mario E. Maroto on February 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
For all of you that have been fascinated with Russian history and literature, this book helps understand that beautiful and relentless spirit of russian people. Though it's a concise history, the book contains detailed descriptions of figures such as Peter the Great, Ivan the Great, Ivan the Terrible and Stalin. From the dawn of Russian civilization, in what it's now Ukraine, to the collapse of the U.S.S.R, the book will help you understand the mysery, triumphs, and character of what some many have referred to as the giant with feet of clay (Russia).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Brocka on November 21, 2005
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To a fan of western history such as myself, I am was unfamiliar with the grand and rich history of Russia. When my child took a course in Russian History, my interest was aroused, and I bought this book. It was a delight to read, typical of most Thames and Hudson books. Profusely illustrated, it was just enough of the broad strokes for an introduction without condescending.

An excellent starting point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vyachsesalv on July 24, 2013
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This book was first published back around the 70's and the last time it was updated was in 1991 (it puts a later date somewhere in the 2000's but that's just a reprint). As an ethnic Russian who grew up outside of Russia I never got a chance to read about Russian history, but dear lord I couldn't get past the introduction to this piece of garbage. For one the book is skimmed of information, you can easily just look up a Wikipedia article on Russian history and find a better quality read. But the way it is interpreted is the main reason you get these books, and dear lord it is a flat out insult to Russians and is clearly written by someone unfamiliar with Russians. I say this because in the intro he basically says that Russians hate their history and denounce it, which means he quite clearly didn't put that much research into it because Russians in general are very proud of their history and culture. I'm not saying that as a personal anecdote, I mean actual statistics state this. Furthermore this is written in the Cold War victorious attitude, so that explains the preceding problem of looking down on Russians. "Aww Russians, it's so sad that you don't have as proud of a history as the United Kingdom or America, hopefully democracy will work out!". It's the same way people in the West seem to think that Socialism/Communism is dead in Eastern Europe and are surprised to hear that they aren't (in the 90's the Russian Communist party won the biggest number of seats in the Duma). This book is written by a man unfamiliar with Russian culture and people, if you want to read about Russian history look for another book or hell just use the internet to find some article of publication on Russian history, any of that is better than this outdated garbage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By arlette on July 4, 2011
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An easily understood and fun read for all the Russian history you need. Loved the early info on who settled where and when. Gives an excellent background for Russian today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Megill on March 7, 2013
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This book was on the recommended reading list for an upcoming trip. I appreciated the concise nature of the book, but felt that it was poorly written. The sentence structure made it difficult to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mpls1432 on February 13, 2013
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This book covers alot of Russian history, in detail. It is geared to an avid history fan. It's a bit overwhelming for someone with a lite interest in history. So if you love history and cant get enough, you would enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camilla Stein on August 9, 2012
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This books is a quick and entertaining guide to understanding another nation, its history and its complexity. Just briefly going over a few books by Russian classics in high-school is not enough. Moreover, historically, this knowledge has been less accessible than one would hope for, but in today's world when boarders between countries are being re-defined and humanity re-invents hospitality, a guide like this one certainly helps to start looking more cheerfully at the world. This book has also been especially helpful for my appreciating what writers are doing today to spread the word about Russian literature. This year's BEA's Read Russia 2012 brought with it new opportunities to learn about Russian culture. I've already reviewed some books by Glagoslav Publications who's part of BEA's Read Russia and am looking forward to reading more on the same subject. All that due to the introduction by Ronald Hingley.
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By Margaret D. Cohn on September 7, 2013
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Complete and simply provided...and lots of pictures to enrich the chronological tale. Good and easy preparation for any trip to Russia.
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