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A history of Russia
Riasanovsky, Nicholas V. (Nicholas Valentine), 1923-2011.
Fifth edition.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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xx, 711 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Central Library DK40 .R5 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Revised and expanded to cover the initiation of glasnost and perestroika in 1985, the resignation of Gorbachev in 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the events of 1992, the most authoritative, readable, and well-balanced history of Russia is now more timely than ever.
Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey available, written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, Riasanovsky's History has for years been the consistent choice of scholars, students, and general readers alike. Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, including those by Soviet historians, it paints a rich portrait of each period of Russian and Soviet history through ample coverage of social, economic, and cultural developments, as well as political and military history. Riasanovsky also offers unusually balanced treatment of historiographical issues, stating his own position on points of contention and presenting in turn contrasting viewpoints, allowing readers to form their own judgments.
With an important new chapter on the Gorbachev period and the breakup of the Soviet Union, and a fully updated bibliography, Riasanovsky's History remains a cornerstone of the literature, the most comprehensive and reliable guide to the main themes of Russian history.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction
1 A Geographical Note
2 Russia Before the Russians
Part II Kievan Russia
3 The Establishment of the Kievan State
4 Kievan Russia: A Political Outline
5 Kievan Russia: Economics, Society, Institutions
6 Kievan Russia: Religion and Culture
Part III Appanage Russia
7 Appanage Russia: Introduction
8 The Mongols and Russia
9 Lord Novgorod the Great
10 The Southwest and the Northeast
11 The Rise of Moscow
12 Appanage Russia: Economics, Society, Institutions
13 Appanage Russia: Religion and Culture
14 The Lithuanian-Russian State
Part IV Muscovite Russia
15 The Reigns of Ivan the Terrible, 1533-84, and of Theodore, 1584-98
16 The Time of Troubles, 1598-1613
17 The Reigns of Michael, 1613-45, Alexis, 1645-76, and Theodore, 1676-82
18 Muscovite Russia: Economics, Society, Institutions
19 Muscovite Russia: Religion and Culture
Part V Imperial Russia
20 The Reign of Peter the Great, 1682-1725
21 Russian History from Peter the Great to Catherine the Great: The Reigns of Catherine I, 1725-27, Peter II, 1727-30, Anne, 1730-40, Ivan VI, 1740-41, Elizabeth, 1741-62, and Peter III, 1762
22 The Reigns of Catherine the Great, 1762-96, and Paul, 1796-1801.
23 The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the Eighteenth Century
24 Russian Culture in the Eighteenth Century
25 The Reign of Alexander I, 1801-25
26 The Reign of Nicholas I, 1825-55
27 The Economic and Social Development of Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
28 Russian Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
29 The Reign of Alexander II, 1855-81
30 The Reign of Alexander III, 1881-94, and the First Part of the Reign of Nicholas II, 1894-1905
31 The Last Part of the Reign of Nicholas II: The Revolution of 1905 and the Constitutional Period, 1905-17
32 The Economic and Social Development of Russia from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917
33 Russian Culture from the "Great Reforms" until the Revolutions of 1917
34 The Revolutions of 1917
Part VI Soviet Russia
35 Soviet Russia: An Introduction
36 War Communism, 1917-21, and the New Economic Policy, 1921-28
37 The First Three Five-Year Plans, 1928-41
38 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1921-41, and the Second World War, 1941-45
39 Stalin's Last Decade, 1945-53
40 The Soviet Union after Stalin
41 Soviet Society and Culture
42 The Gorbachev Period and Beyond, 1985-92

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