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A History of Russia: Peoples, Legends, Events, Forces 1st Edition

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I. From Frontier to Tsardom: The Foundations of Russia, 750-1613 1. The Origin of Rus, 750-1000 The Natural Setting The Eastern Slavs The Khazar Qaganate The Rus The Kievan Monarchy 2. Kievan Rus: Structures and Events, 988-1240 An Expanding Economy Stratified Society Tributary Politics and Institutions A Political Chronicle, 1015-1240 The Outside World 3. Kievan Rus: Christian Civilization, 988-1240 Slavic Orthodoxy Conversion and Consolidation Intellectual Culture Image and Edifice 4. The First Mongol Century: Hardship and Adaptations, 1237-1341 Storm Out of the East, 1190-1242 Empire of the Steppe Rus and the New Order, 1237-1300 The Advent of Moscow, 1301-1341 Spiritual Survival 5. Shifting Fortunes, 1341-1456 The Fragmentation of Qipchak The Challenge of Lithuania The Ascent of Moscow The Apogee of Great Novgorod Spiritual Renewal The End of Byzantium 6. Russia's New Monarchy, 1456-1533 Foundations: Political and Economic Unification Dramas, 1463-1521 Instruments of Power Ideals in Conflict The Sovereign's Majesty 7. Ivan IV and the Birth Pangs of Tsardom, 1533-1584 Boyar Interlude, 1533-1547 Visions of Piety, 1542-1570 State Consolidation, 1547-1562 Eastward Ho!, 1545-1559 Livonian War, 1558-1583 Terror at Home, 1563-1576 The Final Years, 1576-1584 8. Boris Godunov and the Time of Troubles, 1584-1613 Social Fissures A New Strong Man, 1584-1605 The Troubles I: Impostors and Adventurers, 1605-1610 The Troubles I: National Revival, 1611-1613 II. The Growth of Empire: Russia Looks West, 1613-1796 9. Muscovy Expands, 1613-1676 Reconstruction Alexis Comes to Power, 1645 "All Great, Little and White Russia" People of All Ranks Rebellious Russia 10. Religion and Culture at the Crossroads, 1645-1689 Reforming the Church At the Tsar's Court Arts in Transition Russia and the West Fedor and Sophia 1676-1689 11. Peter the Great: From Tsar to Emperor, 1689-1725 A Portrait of Peter Russia at War, 1700-1721 Soldiers and Sailors of the Tsar Governing Russia Finances: "The Artery of War" 12. Peter the Great: Carving Out the New Russia 1703-1725 Peter's Paradise Teachers and Pupils The Service Church New Men and Women "Father of the Fatherland" 13. "Between Two Greats," 1725-1762 Who Rules Russia? Russia and the World Arts and Sciences Peter III and the Nobles 14. Catherine the Great: In Pursuit of Enlightenment and Empire, 1762-1796 A Portrait of Catherine Enlightened Absolutism Expanding the Empire Many Nations Policing the Provinces 15. Catherine the Great: The Golden Age of the Nobility 1776-1796 Freedom and Liberty Culture: Town and Country The French Madness Reconsidering Catherine III. Russia's European Century, 1796-1914 16. Russia in the Age of Napoleon: Paul I and Alexander I, 1796-1815 Europe in 1800: the Napoleonic Wars Palace and Parade Ground: Paul I, 1796-1801 Alexander Comes to Power: Peace and War, 1801-1807 Alliance with Napoleon and Speransky's Vision, 1807-1812 The Horned Beast: Invasion and Triumph, 1812-1815 17. The Age of Restoration: Russia in Europe, 1815-1830 The Congress of Vienna and the Holy Alliace, 1815 The Golden Age and Pushkin The Blessed Emperor, 1815-1825 Secret Societies and the December Uprising The Polish Uprising, 1830 18. Nicholas I: Monarchy, Society, Empire, 1825-1855 Nicholas Comes to Power, 1825-1830 Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality Law and Administration, 1830-1840 The "Marvelous Decade" European Revolution and Ottoman War, 1848-1856 19. Russian Society and Daily Life in the Twilight of Serfdom, 1800-1861 On the Land: Nests of Gentry On the Land: Live Souls The Big City: Rich Folk, Poor Folk The Small Town: Provincial Russia 20. Around the Russian Empire, 1801-1861 European Borderlands In and Beyond the Caucasus The Steppes of Central Asia Siberia: the Wild East Frontiers of the Imagination 21. Alexander II and the Era of the Great Reforms, 1855-1870 Monarchy and Gentry After Crimea The Great Reforms: Emancipation Creating a New Society? The Zemstvo and Legal Reforms Life in the Reform Era Challenge from Poland: The 1863 Rebellion 22. The Turbulent Seventies After the Reforms, 1866-1881 Going to the People, 1873-1874 Cultural Life in the Capitals Pan-Slavism and the Balkans, 1870-1878 Terrorists and Revolutionaries Murder of an Emperor: 1881 23. Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality Reaffirmed, 1881-1905 The European Empires Ruling Russia: Personalities Ruling Russia: Bureaucracy and Counterreform Church and State: A Conservative Symphony Administering Empire: Russifying the Borderlands From Berlin to Paris 24. Economic Structures and Visions, 1881-1905 The Drama of Industrialization Money and Markets The Agricultural Sector Other Visions: Marxists and Populists A Eurasian Power 25. Society, Culture, Politics, 1881-1905 Class, Status, Profession, Household The 1880s: Universities and Intellectual Life in a Positivist Age The 1890s: Postfamine Politics Orthodoxy and Religious Reform Movements of National Liberation 26. Cultural Explosion, 1900-1920 New Beginnings: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev Forerunners: Four Giants The Silver Age Art Goes to the People 27. Russia on the Barricades: The Revolution of 1904-1907 The Pale Horseman Political Parties and Movements War and Revolution I: From Liaodung to the Zemstvo Congress" War and Revolution II: The Bloody Year 1905 The Revolutionary Dumas 28. The "Duma Monarchy," 1907-1914 Government and Society: A New Dialouge? Reform from Above: Stolypin The New Political Culture: Press and Public Opinion Celebrating Russia: The Romanov Tercentenary On the Eve: War and Diplomacy in the Balkans IV. Russia's Turbulent Twentieth Century and After, Since 1914 29. Russia in World War I, 1914-1917 The Clash of Arms Tragedy Behind the Lines The War Business On the Home Front War and Peace Midnight of Empire, 1916-1917 30. The Revolutions of 1917 February: The Fall of the Monarchy Dual Powerlessness: Government and Soviets The Lid Comes Off: Spectacles of Freedom The Summer of 1917 October in Petrograd 31. Civil War: Reds, Whites, and Greens, 1917-1921 Soviet Russia Civil War, Front and Rear War Communism and Popular Anticommunism Retaking the Empire Bolshevism in Europe Looking Back 32. The Years of New Economic Policy: Politics, Society, and Culture, 1921-1928 The New Regime: Party and State The New Economic Policy: Socialism and Capitalism Society Turned Upside Down Culture and Revolution World Communism and World Relations Who Will Rule? 33. Revolution in the Life of Peoples, 1921-1928 USSR: A Multinational State Slavic Renaissance: Ukraine and Belorussia The Jews of Socialism Transcaucasia Red Flag over Oasis and Steppe Empire and Union 34. Stalinism Established, 1928-1939 Iron and Steel: Industrialization Tractors and Corpses: Collectivization Purge and Terror: The Road to Death State Machine and Political Culture 35. Stalinism: Life Under the System, 1928-1939 Cultural Revolution, 1928-1932 Socialist Realism and Mass Culture, 1932-1941 Citizens: From the Kremlin to the Gulag Nations of the Union Stalin's Parade 36. The Soviet Homeland Defended: World War II, 1939-1945 Facing Fascism, 1933-1939 Invasion and Occupation Front and Rear Turn of the Tide The Hidden Wars Holy War and Modern Memory 37. At the Dawn of the Cold War, 1945-1953 The Big Three: The Wartime Alliance, 1941-1945 Lowering the Iron Curtain The Cultural Pogrom Town and Country, Men and Women Postwar Blues: Malaise and Counterculture Exit Stalin 38. Khrushchev and the Decline of Stalinism, 1953-1964 Collective Leadership: Destalinization of the Deed Revelations and Echoes: Destalinization of the Word Reaching Out: Religion and Rocketry Imperial Arena: The Bloc Global Arena: Victories and Defeats The Plot That Worked 39. The Brezhnev Years: Order and Stability, 1964-1982 The Politics of Holding On Production and Consumption Technology and the Environment People: Progress and Passivity The Cultural Landscape 40. The Brezhnev Years: Change and Ferment, 1964-1982 Counterpolitics: The Dissidents Underlife: Internal Emigration The Other Half: Soviet Republics Empire: Cuba to High Asia The Old Men Depart, 1982-1985 41. The Gorbachev Revolution, 1985-1991 Perestroika: Controlled Reform Glasnost: The Raised Voice New Thinking and Global Detente Economic Woes Political Experiments "And Nations Waken in the Night?" From Putsch to Collapse, 1990-1991 42. The Parting of the Ways: After 1991 Boris Yeltsin: Bloodshed in Moscow and Chechnya Boris Yeltsin: Political and Economic Achievements Vladimir Putin Memories of Empire The Outer World Russia in a New Millennium 43. Another Russia: Emigration in the Twentieth Century Three Waves "Russia Abroad": Between Two Ward Displaced Persons: World War II The Third Wave and Beyond Interconnections and Dislocations: Emigre Thought and Culture Suggested Readings Rulers of Various Russian States Index

About the Author

David Goldfrank is professor of history at Georgetown University. He has published a text on the origins of the Crimean War (Longman, 1993) and has published other books and articles in the area of medieval and monastic Russia. The Contemporary Authors reference text has noted Goldfrank for his Russian translations. He specializes in medieval and Muscovite Russia, medieval Russian diplomacy, and social history of the Russian military. Goldfrank received his Ph.D from the University of Washington.

Lindsey Hughes is professor of history and director at the Centre for Russian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. In addition to her most recent work, Russia in the Age of Peter the Great (Yale), she has written three books and numerous articles. She is also on the board of Slavonic and East European Review.

Catherine Evtuhov is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She has published articles in the Slavic Review, Studies in Russian Intellectual History, Journal of Popular Culture, and numerous others. She has written the first English translation of Sergei Bulgakov's Philosophy of Economy: The World as Household with Yale University Press. Her current project is Imagining the Russian Provinces: Material Culture and Local Consciousness in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1840-1900. Her areas of expertise are 19th/20th century intellectual, social, cultural, and religious history. She received her Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley. She is a bilingual speaker fluent in England and Russian.

Richard Stites is professor of history at Georgetown University. He has published books with Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton. In 1989 he won the prestigious Wayne Vucinich award presented annually by Slavic historians to the best new book in their field. He also contributed a chapter to the Third Edition of Houghton Mifflin's Becoming Visible text. He earned his Ph.D from Harvard in the areas of social and intellectual history of 19th- and 20th-century Russia. He has since become known for his work in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century gender and culture as well.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (January 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395660726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395660720
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is a very interesting and (overall) well written textbook which I used in Russian history. It should be noted that the book is written by four separate individuals, each of whom has a very different writing style. The early chapters (from Riyurik to the beginning of Muscovy) can be difficult to understand (upon meeting their author, I understand completely), but the book hits its stride with "Part II" and the advent of Lindsey Hughes's much clearer writing. Stites and Evtuhov are also easy to understand, but Goldfrank requires a rereading (or two) before you realize what he's saying.
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I was very interested in History when I was at school and used to read a lot about ancient Greece, Rome and Middle Ages. This was greatly accessible in USSR. A few years ago I started reading history books again and was looking for a general Russia history book. I bought this one and recently started reading a few months ago, reading 10-25 pages every week now. A bit dry sometimes but really good in explaining various forces and pressures, cultural aspects and with plenty of maps and pictures. You may wonder why I, a native Russian, read in English? The reason is that I write books in English myself and voracious reading in English helps me to attain native fluency in written English.

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Having read through Evtuhov, Goldfrank, Hughes and Stites' "A History of Russia", and having used it for a Russian history survey course at my community college, I can not really recommend it for similar introductory-survey courses,or for any use by beginner audiences in general. The narrative throughout the text is both meticulous and leadenly verbose, treating the issues, trends, forces and dynamics of Russian history in great. wearying detail, thus destroying the interest in the subject by beginning students. The book is further weakened by being written by four authors, each of them sometimes taking time to treat the same material, and altering their spelling, and of course their interpretation, of the people and events of this quite complex historical narrative. Perhaps the book would be useful for more advanced readers, but again, few beyond the tyro level would need the methodical laying out of their argument which the four authors seem to feel themselves obligated to make. The book's chapters are also too long in general, an abiding sin for even survey History texts nowadays.

Many problems in the text might have been resolved by compressing everything in Kievan Rus and Russian history proper prior to Peter I in a long first chapter. Though I find the details of Kievan Rus and the rise to prominence of the principlaity of Moscow to imperial strength fascinating, few non-specialists would likewise share my interest. More generally, the above-noted stylistic weaknesses might be addressed with better writing by the authors. I can never quite fathom why accomplished published scholarly authors find it so difficult to write well, to make their textbooks memorable.

Mark Seifter
Lehigh Carbon Community College
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Absolute garbage. This book has nothing to do with history or Russia, let alone Russian history. It is full of garbage, beginning with the title itself. If you are interested to learn about Russian history, this is book NOT TO BUY, EVER!
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