Russia : a short history /
Abraham Ascher.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2002.
xiii, 265 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
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Oxford : Oneworld, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York.
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The topic of national identity provides a unifying theme for this book, bringing Russian history to life. It covers the entire sweep of Russian history, from the earliest settlers to the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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This concise and informative volume covers the entire sweep of Russianistory, from the earliest settlers to the state of this complex country athe end of the 20th century. It pays particular atte ntion to the events ofhe last 300 years, beginning with the reign of Peter the Great, beforeontinuing to chart the development of economic, social and politicalnstitutions right up to the fall of the Communists in the 20th century. Athe centre of the book is the highly topical theme of national identity,ringing Russian history to life and heightening its relevance for students,ravellers and interested readers alike.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. viii
Mapsp. x
The Beginningsp. 1
Geographyp. 4
The rise of Kievp. 6
Kiev's economyp. 9
The emergence of the Mongol empirep. 14
Mongol dominationp. 16
The Rise of Muscovite Russiap. 21
Challenges to Mongol rulep. 24
Moscow's expansionp. 28
Ivan the Terriblep. 33
Reign of terrorp. 37
Times of Troubles and Grandeur, 1584-1725p. 43
Social conditionsp. 49
Religious conflictp. 54
Peter the Greatp. 56
The Westernizerp. 58
Decline and Revival in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 66
The reign of Catherine IIp. 70
Paul Ip. 77
Russia as a Great Power, 1801-55p. 80
Napoleon's invasion of Russiap. 82
Domestic reformp. 89
Political fermentp. 93
Tsar Nicholas Ip. 96
Domestic developmentsp. 101
The Crimean Warp. 105
Reform and Counter-Reform, 1861-94p. 109
Judicial, administrative, and military reformp. 114
Consequences of reformp. 116
Deepening of political fermentp. 120
Counter-reformp. 125
Revolutionary Russia, 1894-1917p. 131
The revolution of 1905p. 136
Outcome of the revolutionp. 143
Stolypin's reformsp. 148
World War Ip. 152
The revolution of 1917p. 158
The revolution deepensp. 162
The Bolsheviks seize powerp. 166
The Soviet Union Under Lenin and Stalinp. 170
The Tenth Party Congressp. 173
Struggle for powerp. 176
Revolution from abovep. 180
Totalitarianismp. 186
Stalinist terrorp. 189
Everyday Stalinismp. 193
Stalin's last yearsp. 198
Reform, Stagnation, Collapsep. 202
De-Stalinizationp. 204
Foreign policy under Khrushchevp. 210
Era of stagnationp. 213
Era of reformp. 219
Economic crisisp. 223
Political collapsep. 227
The presidency of Boris N. Yeltsinp. 231
Political tensionsp. 234
The presidency of Vladimir Putinp. 239
Notesp. 244
Bibliographyp. 246
Indexp. 253
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