Dark History of Russia: Crime, Corruption and Murder in the Motherland (Dark Histories)

Dark History of Russia: Crime, Corruption and Murder in the Motherland (Dark Histories)

By: Michael Kerrigan (author)Hardback

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From monarchy to the world's first socialist state, from Communism to Capitalism, from mass poverty to Europe's new super rich, Russia has seen immense revolutions in just the past century, including purges, poisonings, famines, assassinations and massacres. In that time, it has also endured civil war, world war and the Cold War. But the extremes of Russian history are not restricted to the past 100 years. When Napoleon invaded in 1812, the Russians retreated, slashing and burning their own country and Moscow itself, rather than conceding defeat to Napoleon. They were victorious, but at immense cost. Russia's history is also spiked with mystery. Did Stalin shoot his wife? Who ordered the killing of Rasputin? Or the shooting of Anna Politkovskaya and the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko or the Skripals in Salisbury, England? What involvement and influence did Russian intelligence have on the 2016 US Election? In addition, it is a history of appalling disasters, such as at the Chernobyl nuclear power station and the sinking of the Kursk submarine. Ranging from medieval Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putin, Dark History of Russia explores the murder, brutality, genocide, insanity and skulduggery in the efforts to seize, and then maintain, power in the Slav heartland. Illustrated with 180 colour and black-&-white photographs and artworks, Dark History of Russia is a fascinating, lively and wide-ranging story from the Mongol invasions to the present day.

About Author

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward's College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.

Contents

Introduction 1. `The Expanses are so Great...': Kievan Rus 2. Life, Death and Tyranny 3. `I Write on Human Skin...' 4. Time and Patience 5. Something Better? 6. Tempering the Steel 7. `A War of Extermination' 8. Drowning in Falsehood 9. `We Will Bury You' 10. Opening Up and Closing Down 11. The Bear is Back Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781782746317
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781782746317
  • ISBN10: 1782746315

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