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A History of Russia : Palgrave Essential Histories - Professor Roger Bartlett

A History of Russia

Palgrave Essential Histories


Published: 1st July 2006
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Russia is the largest country on the planet, a multi-ethnic empire, a great power of global significance. For much of its history it has been a 'peasant state', in which peasant society and values interacted critically with those of the ruling elites. In modern times its society has produced artists, writers, musicians, scientists and cosmonauts who have made a unique contribution to world culture. In the twentieth century, Russia has been the scene of the world's greatest social experiment - the most powerful challenge ever mounted to hegemonic Western values.

Roger Bartlett traces the history of the country from its beginnings in Kiev Russia, through the Muscovite and Imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet periods, to the start of the twenty-first century. While offering a broad perspective on Russia's historical development, Bartlett focuses on the origins of Russian political culture and the place of the majority peasant population in the Russian/Soviet polity. Lucid, balanced and authoritative, it is the ideal introduction for all those with an interest in Russia's past, and its significance for the country's present.

"A well-organized and balanced overview."--Robert Weinberg, Swarthmore College
"An accurate, up-to-date and accessible survey."--Shane O'Rourke, University of York

List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration, Names and Dates
Introduction: The Geographical Setting
The Origins to 1600: Kiev and Sarai
1300-1600: Moscow and Novgorod: The Emergence of Empire and Autocratic Rule
1600-1760: Moscow and St Petersburg: Muscovy and the Petrine Empire
1760-1860: Russia and Europe: Apogee and Decline of the Autocratic State
1860-1917: Europe and Russia: Stabilisation and Collapse of the Autocratic State
1917-53: Russian Empire and Soviet Union: From Pariah to Superpower
1953-91: The Soviet Union as World Power: Retreat from Utopia
1991-the Present: The Russian Federation and CIS: Democracy and Free Market?
Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780333632642
ISBN-10: 0333632648
Series: Palgrave Essential Histories
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st July 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1