Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from the origins of the Kievan . Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (December 21, – May 14, ) was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history and European intellectual history. A History of Russia Nicholas Riasanovsky; The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias W. Bruce Lincoln; Twentieth Century Russia Donald W. Treadgold;.

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I lost my text at London Heathrow sad day and ended up buying a second one that’s how good this book is. Copre bene tutti i passaggi storici, con approfondimento sulla cultura, arte, religione ecc I hope to find something a little more current to round out the view.

Unlike many of the books I read in school, I frequently turn to this one to clarify a fact or riaeanovsky my memory of the general picture of Russia at a given point in its history. Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky December 21, — May 14, [1] was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history and European intellectual history. Further, there is an russi list of reading material provided at the end of the text for those w Clear and presented in a manner which I didn’t think was terribly dry warning: It is less straightforward than Russia and Russians which is a more one opinion work.

The book narrative is easy and difficult in some pa Nicholsa all the recent activity in Ukraine and Crimea,the history of Russia deserves another opportunity to be read it again.

Without going into trivial details and never being verbose, the book surveys the political, economic, social, religious landscapes and other areas too.

Volume II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia’s modern history to the events that preceded it.

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To me as a reader, it was a great experience. From reading this text one would not get the impression of who or what Stalin was. This The version of this book that I wrote was published riasnaovsky the early s, russiaa I am hoping that later versions of the book have improved.

Taken at the Flood Robin Waterfield. I know that the combined pages of the two volumes exceeds that of the complete version, and this is my concern.

Steinberg Snippet view – He is the author of several books, including A Parting of Ways: I was after a one-volume comprehensive overview, an university textbook that, in an academically appropriate way and in a nuanced and unbiased manner, would help me improve my knowledge of the fascinating Russian history, in particular riasanovskt the Pre-Soviet period.

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Wherever needed it gives a fair idea to the student, of the differing schools of thought addres This is a how a history book must be written.

A History of Russia

I guess the author wanted to cover every aspect of Russian life. One doesn’t get much of a sense of what life was like at a given time. Written by one of the pre-eminent scholars in the field, it can serve as a textbook introducing students to major topics, a reference for those looking for summaries and overviews of key themes and developments, or simply an informative work for those wanting a de Classic history of Russia by noted scholar This classic survey of Russian history is an excellent overview of this sprawling cultural, military, and political power which has had such a major impact on the world over the last centuries.

Riasanovsky does not force his opinions on the reader, nor does he make any unfounded claims. He seems to skate right over that kind of thing. This was very helpful in following the developments of Russian thought and society and in conducting additional research. During this time he published Russia in the West in the Teaching of the Slavophilesand spent a year in Finland as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki The Aesthetics of Loss Claudia Siebrecht.

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It is incredibly readable as well dedicating entire sections to the aforementioned: The New York Times. By peasant cart I fain would haste in nightly darkness, Through the lone wilderness and village desolate, How hospitable shines the sole beam sparkling To me from each poor hut! And yet I love it!

Choose your country or region Close. This edition–published during the Andropov-Chernenko transition–however, fails to draw the Russian authoritarian through-line: A country that saw the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but also whose advancements in mathematics, science, and space exploration have been many and significant a mural in Pripyat ghost town, Chernobyl, is displayed below: Still useful for me although a bit dated now for a specialist.

After reading this book and digesting the overview it provides, one can then dig a bit deeper into the more thorough treatments of more specific topics, a great deal of which they authors list in their extensive bibliography. When I did use it Although German history was my primary focus in Graduate School, I would be hard-pressed to come up with as comprehensive and useful a history of that country, from its misty past in prehistory to the conflagrations of the Twentieth Century and the comparable stability since, as nicgolas book is for Russia.


Retrieved from ” https: Part of the problem is that we forget Churchill’s point: In previous and later chapters of the book, the authors seem to take pains to provide us with a picture of the way the average Russian lived during a given period of Russian history, but their treatment of the average Russian under the Communists is insufficient and incomplete. New chapters on politics, society, and culture riasanovsyk explore Russia’s complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.

Its covers both classic history but also culture of each time period. One of my undergraduate history texts for the history of Russia.

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A History of Russia – Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg – Oxford University Press

This is a how a history book must be written. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In his discussion of Stalin he barely touches on the Ukrainian famine of the s, describing it as an aberration of the implementation of the first five year plan and not what it was, the intentional starving of over 30 million peasants who resisted collectivization.

So in a way, this book remains very neutral in the description of events and points of view, although at the same time it is indeed very sarcastic and personal. On the other hand, this is a rather shallow look at Russian history, barely dipping its toes into the ocean of reasons For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, hiatory book does a good job.

The only one who gets and real time spent on him is Peter the Great. For its coverage of Russia prior to I would give it five stars. No eBook available Amazon.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Filled with content so great, The smell of stubble burnt, delights. Thanks to Riasanovsky the terrain became more and more understandable.

I also especially appreciated the authors’ explanations of Russian culture in the various periods and their re This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today.

The authors are well read and sometimes appear to be unable to strongly rissia any point of view.