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 would actually give this book two ratings. Aug 19, Buddy Don rated it it was amazing Shelves: He seems to have well understood the pressure Reagan’s military buildup would have to have on the USSR, but he doesn’t have the hindsight to see how things would turn out. Awesome overview of Russia from its humble beginnings to the madhouse it became during the post-Soviet era.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 06, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is an academic survey and has all the vices and virtues of the genre.

Jun 03, Samangie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It’s pages long and covers the history of Russia since the beginning of time. I suggest you look elsewhere for Russian history.

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This book was a bear of a book. This is an excellent history of Czarist Russia. A country with beautiful architecture, with fairy-tale riasanocsky like the one at Kizhi Pogost 37 meters of indescribable beauty, 22 domes reaching out for the sky, built of wood and without using a single nail or the famous and strikingly beautiful St. Riasanovsky does nicholaz force his opinions on the reader, nor does he make any unfounded claims.

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

It describes not only the usual progression of kings and wars, but goes into some detail regarding politics – both foreign and domestic – as well as trade, education-levels, social order, literature and the arts as they have shifted through the centuries.


Clear and presented in a manner which I didn’t think was terribly dry warning: An ambivalence also reflected in Putin’s words: He whitewashes the atrocities of the Soviet government considerably.

I am at a loss to explain the five-star reviews of this book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I also appreciated that the authors did not limit the book to purely political events, but that a praiseworthy effort has been made to also represent the more social, cultural and even psychological aspects. For a textbook with such impeccable and impressive academic credential, this book is incredibly readable and thoroughly enjoyable – I can’t even begin to comprehend why some reviewers have found this book a dry read.

Even though it was around pages, I remember clearly both my husband and me reading easily and quickly through it and discussing it at length. Russian Identities Nicholas V.

Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his many books include Voices of Revolution, and Proletarian Imagination: He is the author of several books, including A Parting of Ways: Russian historians, History students, History teachers.

Overall, I am better informed about Russia and know which topics I would want to read about specifically. 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. Riasanovsky Snippet view – 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 decent introduction to the history of this fascinating and complex land.


All and all a good read for anyone wanting an english text that deals with Russian and particularly good are the insights into culture in different time periods. Part of the problem is that we forget Churchill’s point: Without going into trivial details and never being verbose, the book surveys the political, economic, social, religious landscapes and other areas too. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to gain a hicholas understanding of Russia.

With all the recent activity in Ukraine and Crimea,the history of Russia deserves another opportunity to be read it again. Sincehe has been editor of the journal Slavic Review. The version I read was the 4th which ends in This is precisely why I am not prepared to write a critical review on this book. Choose your country or region Close.

One version is the “complete” version, and the other version is the book is in two volumes Pagine interessantissime, seppur stringate, sulla letteratura russa dal Gran bel libro, veramente.

But, it was very challenging to stay engaged with the book. Unlike many of the books I read in school, I frequently turn to this one to clarify a fact or refresh my memory of the general picture of Russia at a given point in its history.

I am told in general terms WHAT they did, but very little time is spent on the reasoning and personalities. References to this book Peace and War: No doubt Russia will again surprise the West with its development in the future, but this book will continue to be a useful way to understand that trajectory, for anyone from a beginning student to a specialist.

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