Romanovs: A Captivating Guide to the Romanov Dynasty that Ruled Russia From 1613 Until the Russian Revolution and the Life of Nicholas II Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : August 28, 2020
- File Size : 12662 KB
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- Print Length : 186 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08GZ3NGMM
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THE ROMANOVS --
The Romanovs came to power not long after Ivan, the Terrible died. The Romanovs came from Ivan the Terrible's wife, Anastasia Romanovna. After his beloved wife died, Ivan became violent and unhinged. He even beat his son to death and killed his unborn grandson. After Ivan's death, there was no obvious leader. Thus, Russia sank into the Time of Troubles. False Dmitrys (successors to Ivan) abounded and the country was in chaos.
The boyars (leaders) got together and chose Michael Romanov. The Romanovs would lead Russia for the next 300 years. There is an excellent explanation of serfdom and how it worked in Russia. Over the centuries, many things changed in Russia but the serfs and slaves became the permanent underclass of the country (with no way out of that group). The fact that there was never any alleviation of the caste-system the serfs were doomed to, created the seeds for the eventual destruction of the monarchy.
NICHOLAS II --
I've read several lengthy books about the Romanov family and I'm in awe of the brevity, yet thoroughness of this story. I really appreciated the fact that the author did NOT go back 300 years to explain the entire Romanov family. The author took us back enough to understand what the Romanov's believed and how they viewed ruling.
Nicholas II was a good man who was a poor leader. This book explains clearly his misunderstanding of the Russian people and his inability to look outside himself or his inner circle for solutions. He was blessed with an able partner but the two of them were used to autocratic rule, not compromise. This book explains that in 1991 when the USSR collapsed, the true info about the deaths of the Romanovs would be revealed. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church officially canonized the Romanov family as saints.
Both parts of the Romanov story are exceptional in that they explain complex thoughts and ideas in a straightforward way, which makes for an easy understanding of a complex time.
It captures the Russian history starting at the end of Ivan the Terrible’s reign. This family included some of the most famous names in all of history, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great.
He does start with a prehistory which ties the establishment of many communities with the presence of Vikings who began weaving these established cities into a more organized social structure and defended this young country from the Teutonic Knights and the Mongols. Matt then walks us through a succession of leaders as each rule ended in tragedy, rebellion, and dissent.
Matt then goes on to discuss Nicholas II who was raised under the influence of a mentor who championed nationalism, racism and religious intolerance which affected the relationship Nicholas had with the people of Russia.
The author walks us through the events impacting Nicholas from his young years until he took ownership of the throne. He was unprepared to rule and handled his proxy to intermediaries to rule. Such inattention resulted in disarray and cemented his reputation as a distant leader. Curiously, he was a strong leader when it came to foreign relations and foreign policy.
There are many factual citations which allow the reader to build a knowledgeable framework around this period and the publication ends with a list of references which support the writer’s compilation.
This release collects two previous titles: "The Romanovs" and "Nicholas II." The former follows the famous Russian family the time of the establishment of the Grand Duchy of Moscow in the thirteenth century to their collective execution on July 17, 1918, and the latter illustrates the life of Russia's last tsar from his birth on May 6, 1868 to his death.
The same exceptional historical writing, sources, and visual media that were included in the standalone copies of these texts are found here. Only the bibliography has changed by collecting all the sources in a comprehensive list.
No new content is featured within either of these books, so readers will not miss anything if they pass on this set. If, however, readers either have not read one of these volumes or wish to add to their collections, this package is attractive. Regardless of reason, this entry in the Captivating History series nothing short of amazing. If you have even the slightest interest in Russian history, read on; you will not be dissapointed.