- Series: Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
- Paperback: 654 pages
- Publisher: Anthem Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843310236
- ISBN-13: 978-1843310235
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of Russia Volume 1: To 1917 (Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies) 1st Edition
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'Manages to embrace a wide range of topics while at the same time remaining accessible and interesting…Balances humorous anecdotes with provocative concepts, and discusses historiography in a clearer and more contemporary fashion than that found in Riasanovsky's 'A History of Russia', now in its sixth edition and looking a bit musty by comparison...There is little to fault with this volume.' —Andrew Gentes, Lecturer in Russian and European History, University of Queensland, in 'Australian Slavonic and East European Studies'
'An expertly presented and thoroughly informative narration recommended for a scholar's Russian history reference shelf, as well as accessibly informative reading for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the historical development of Russia.' —'Midwest Book Review'
A comprehensive and accessible history of the culture, people and politics of this vast and enigmatic nation.
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I have only two complaints. The first is superficial. The maps presented throughout the book are informative, but often confusing. I realize without color, maps are severely limited, but when presented with several different kinds of striped area, it's no less ambiguous than several shades of grey. For example, p 18 provides an outline of Moscow, Lithuania and the Mongolian Empire. I don't understand why the four divisions of Moscow are given in 1304, 1389, 1462, and 1533, while Lithuania is given in 1304, 1377, and 1462. The Mongols are given an outline for the 15th century only! I can't compare what's happening at any given time, esp. since there's a lot of give-and-take going on during this period. This may be my own shortcoming but the map does not come off as easy to read.
Second, the binding of this book is horrible. There is no way to read the middle third of the book without breaking the spine, unless you hold it at a V shape for the two weeks or so it takes to get through that portion. It feels kind of cheap, although the paper cover seems durable. The Katzner Russian dictionary (which I highly recommend) is about the same size and depth (and color) of this volume, but it has a more pleasing cover feel and lays flat without bending the spine. Moreover, this book comes shrink-wrapped for some reason, preventing returns or exchanges. This presentation doesn't take away from the good content.
These minor complaints should not stop you from purchasing this book; if you want a broad introduction to Russian history, you need this text!