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A Brief History of Russia
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816071128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-7112-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 947
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 334

Summary

The history of Russia, the world's largest nation—from its early beginnings in the ninth century when Rurik, a Varangian king, established the first Russian state near Kiev, to the current presidency of Vladimir Putin—is extensive and fascinating.

Detailing the social, economic, and political changes and crises that the people of Russia have had to endure, A Brief History of Russia provides a comprehensive and accessible account of this vast country’s history. A chronology, bibliography, suggested reading, and other helpful features enrich this invaluable book.

Coverage includes:

  • The conquest and rule of Russia by the Mongol Golden Horde
  • The reign of terror by Ivan the Terrible
  • The start of modernization under Peter the Great
  • The rise to the center of European power under Catherine the Great
  • The Russian Revolution and the emergence of the superpower Soviet Union
  • The disintegration of the Soviet Union
  • Vladimir Putin's terms as president and his plans for the country's future.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Suggested reading. Chronology. Basic facts. Sidebars.

About the Author(s)

Michael Kort is professor of social science at Boston University and holds a Ph.D. in history from New York University. He is the author of The Soviet Colossus: A History of the USSR, Sixth Edition and of Central Asian Republics and Russia, Third Edition in Chelsea House's Nations in Transition set. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Reviews and Awards

“…well researched…concise…”
American Reference Books Annual

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