This clear and focused text provides an introduction to imperial Russian and Soviet history from the crowning of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 to Vladimir Putin's new term. Through a consistent chronological narrative, Kees Boterbloem considers the political, military, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments and crucial turning points that led Russia from an exotic backwater to superpower stature in the twentieth century. The only text designed and written specifically for a one-semester course on this four-hundred-year period, it will appeal to all readers interested in learning more about the history of the people who have inhabited one-sixth of the earth's landmass for centuries.
Kees Boterbloem is professor of history at the University of South Florida and editor of The Historian.
Chapter 1: Phoenix: The Rise of Russia in the Seventeenth Century, 1613-1689 Chapter 2: Great Power, 1689-1796 Chapter 3: The Height and Decline of Imperial Russia, 1789-1855 Chapter 4: Domestic Convulsions, 1855-1905 Chapter 5: Fatal Foreign Entanglements and a Failed Revolution, 1877-1914 Chapter 6: Forging Soviet Civilization, 1914-1924 Chapter 7: The Inevitable Triumph of Stalinism? 1924-1941 Chapter 8: The Great Patriotic War and the Cold War, 1941-1953 Chapter 9: Embattled Leader of the "Second World," 1953-1982 Chapter 10: The Fall of the Soviet Union and Beyond, 1982-2013