"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
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.