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The Cambridge History of Russia, Volume 1 (v. 1) Hardcover – September 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0521812276 ISBN-10: 0521812275 Edition: 1st

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"An authoritative and reliable account of early Russian history, a work that no academic library can do without." --American Reference Books Annual

"Specialists will recognized in the authors scholars of considerable accomplishment...The result is a set of authoritative essays that succinctly outline the major issues and point to the appropriate literatures, all of which is summarized in a massive attached bibliography."
Canadian Journal of Political Science, Daniel H. Kaiser, Grinnell College

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An authoritative history of Russia from early Rus' to the beginning of the reign of Peter the Great. Leading historians offer a comprehensive account of the formative 'pre-Petrine' period of Russian history, before the process of Europeanisation had made a significant impact on society and culture.

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521812275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521812276
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,372,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod Brown on November 26, 2011
I am not a graduate student or professor of Russian or Slavic studies--the intended audience of this text. I am a Ph.D. student in comparative philosophy, but my motivations for reading this 850 page tome, and the two more volumes that follow it, are simply a fascination with Russian history and culture and wanting a strong foundation as I continue my explorations. This text will not disappoint those who share my interest and love of these vast and complex peoples.

The text is arranged thematically and chronologically with scholars contributing in areas of their expertise. The text does not explore the pre-history of the Russian people, but begins with the historical/legendary foundation of the ruling family of Rurik whose descendants, broadly construed, ruled over the Rus until the Romanovs, also distant relatives, gained control and were elevated as the rulers of Moscovy. As such, it traces their history from about the ninth century up to the beginning of Peter I's ("The Great") rule in 1682. To give the reader and idea of what this organization looks like, I've copied the headings of the three major sections as well as including a partial list of the individual entries that fall under the second major section.

I. Early Rus' and the Rise of Muscovy ( c.900-1462)

II. The Expansion, Consolidation and Crisis of Muscovy (1462-1613)
9 · The growth of Muscovy (1462-1533) 21 3
Donald Ostrowski
10 · Ivan IV (1533-1584) 240
Sergei Bogatyrev
11 · Fedor Ivanovich and Boris Godunov (1584-1605) 264
A. P. Pavlov
12 · The peasantry 286
Richard Hellie
13 · Towns and commerce 298
Denis Shaw
14 · The non-Christian peoples on the Muscovite frontiers 317
Michael Khodarkovsky

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