Upon publication in 2001, Russia's First Civil War by Chester Dunning was greeted by scholars as a "historical tour de force," the first major post-Marxist reassessment of the Time of Troubles. Now available in an abridged paperback, A Short History of Russia's First Civil War is ideally suited for classroom use.
Chester S. L. Dunning is Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He is editor and translator of The Russian Empire and Grand Duchy of Muscovy by Jacques Margeret (1983).
CONTENTS List of Illustrations and Maps Introduction 1. A Comparative Approach to the Problem of Origins of the Civil War 2. Long-Term Origins: The Growth of Autocracy and Imperialism 3. Ivan the Terrible and Russia's Slide into Crisis 4. The Rise of Boris Godunov, the Uglich Tragedy, and Enserfment 5. The Southern Frontier and the Cossacks 6. The Beginning of the Time of Troubles and the Great Famine 7. What Triggered the civil War? 8. The Pretender Dmitrii Ivanovich 9. Dmitrii's Invasion and the Beginning of the Civil War 10. Tsar Boris Strikes Back and the Civil War Widens 11. The Death of Tsar Boris and Dmitrii's Triumph 12. The Short Reign of Tsar Dmitrii 13. Assassination of the Tsar 14. Vasilii Shuiskii Seizes Power and Rekindles the Civil War 15. The Beginning of the "Bolotnikov Rebellion" 16. The Civil War Widens and the Rebels Advance to Moscow 17. The Siege of Moscow 18. Retreat from Moscow, the Siege of Kaluga, and the Rise of Tsarevich Petr 19. Collapse of the Siege of Kaluga and the Beginning of Tsar Vasilii's Offensive 20 The Siege of Tula and the Resurrection of "Tsar Dmitrii" 21. Tsar Vasilii's Struggle Against the Tushino Impostor 22. Foreign Intervention and the Formation of the National Liberation Movement 23. The End of the Civil War and the Election of Mikhail Romanov 24. Tsar Mikhail and the End of the Time of Troubles 25. Disturbing Legacy Index