The definitive story of Russia, from tenth-century Kiev and Muscovy, through empire and revolution, to the fall of Communism and the Putin era.
The history of Russia - from Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putin Russia: A History cuts through the myths and mystery that have surrounded Russia from its earliest days, with startling revelations from classified archives that until comparatively recently were not even known to exist. A distinguished team of historians has stripped away the propaganda and preconceptions of the past to tell the definitive story of Russia, from tenth-century Kiev and Muscovy through empire and revolution to the fall of Communism and the 'new order' of the 1990s and early 21st century. A compelling story in its own right, it is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Russia and its place in the world. This updated edition now covers the developments in the Putin era in the first decade of the 21st century.
Editor's Preface; Glossary of Terms; 1. From Kiev to Muscovy: The Beginnings to 1450; 2. Muscovite Russia, 1450-1598; 3. From Muscovy towards St Petersburg, 1598-1689; 4. The Petrine Era and After, 1689-1740; 5. The Age of Enlightenment, 1740-1801; 6. Pre-Reform Russia, 1801-1855; 7. Reform and Counter-Reform, 1855-1900; 8. Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1914; 9. Russia in War and Revolution, 1914-1921; 10. The New Economic Policy (NEP) and the Revolutionary Experiment, 1921-1929; 11. Building Stalinism, 1929-1941; 12. The Great Fatherland War and Late Stalinism, 1941-1953; 13. From Stalinism to Stagnation, 1953-1985; 14. A Modern 'Time of Troubles': From Reform to Disintegration, 1985-1999; 15. Meltdown, Rebuilding, Reform, 1996-2008; Maps; Chronology; Further Reading; Index