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A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)

A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By: Paul Bushkovitch (author)Hardback

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Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Mendeleev, in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.

About Author

Paul Bushkovitch is a Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught for the past 36 years. He is the author of Peter the Great: The Struggle for Power, 1671-1725 (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Religion and Society in Russia: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1991) and The Merchants of Moscow, 1580-1650 (Cambridge University Press, 1980). His articles have appeared in the Slavic Review, the Russian Review, Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteruopas and Kritika. He is a member of the editorial board for the Cahier du Monde Russe.


1. Russia before Russia; 2. Moscow, Novgorod, Lithuania, and the Mongols; 3. The emergence of Russia; 4. Consolidation and revolt; 5. Peter the Great; 6. Two empresses; 7. Catherine the Great; 8. Russia in the age of revolution; 9. The pinnacle of autocracy; 10. Culture and autocracy; 11. The era of great reforms; 12. From serfdom to nascent capitalism; 13. The golden age of Russian culture; 14. Russia as an empire; 15. Autocracy in decline; 16. War and revolution; 17. Compromise and preparation; 18. Revolution in Russian culture; 19. Building Utopia; 20. War; 21. Consolidation and stagnation; 22. Soviet culture; 23. The Cold War; Epilogue: the end of the USSR.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780521835626
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780521835626
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 0521835623

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