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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 36 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Author's Republic
- Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B075MJ3FHL
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,204 in Audible Audiobooks (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks)
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History of Russia in 100 Minutes: A Crash Course for Beginners (Smart Histories) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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We learn about many things by reading the book. For example: We find out that Russian dates were 13 days behind the US dates in the twentieth century, how and why names of Russian cities were changed, medieval Russia from the 9th to the 15th century, the origin and meaning of the name Rus, the Mongol invasion, the rise of Moscow, the Tzardom of Russia 1547-1721, the empire of Russia 1721-1917 which was given this name by Peter the Great, the Russian Revolution of 1917, Soviet Russia 1917-1991, where we discover that the experiment in Russia of communism collapsed in 1991 after 74 years. We also read about Russian involvement in World War II and about Russia today.
We learn about important figures in Russian history such as Ivan the Great, the first Romanovs, Peter the Great, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Putin, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and many more.
Each chapter has a summary and there is more than a dozen pages of bibliography showing the basis for this learned easy to read book.
Traditional history books are fairly dry recounting of facts and lately, I have been spoiled by books like Guns, Germs and Steel Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, 100 Decisive Battles 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present, and a biographic view of history looking at Winston Churchill's involvement in the Boer War in Hero of the Empire Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, all of which provide a more colorful view of history than you find in most history books.
As you might expect in a book which endeavors to cover thousands of years of history in under 100 minutes, this "History of Russia" tended more toward the dry side and might have benefited by adding some insightful profiles and stories of key people. That is the only reason I didn't give it a full five stars. I suspect that if you used the link in the back of the book and went through the online course offered, the reader would find a bit more color than was in the text.
The historical art and pictures provided help to enrich the content and put faces to names and events.