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Kort, Michael, 1944-
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts On File, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Examines the people, religion, daily life, politics, culture, history, and geography of Russia, emphasizing its transition, since 1991, from a communist to a free nation.

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Traces key themes of Russia's evolving experiment with democracy and its attempts to establish radical new economic, political and social policies.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. The first in the new Nations in Transition series, this should be a godsend for students seeking current information on Russia. Kort, author of several other books on Russia and the Soviet Union, does an admirable job of condensing Russian history, from the Kievian city-states to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Well-chosen quotes from sources as diverse as Ivan the Terrible, Tolstoy, and political prisoners personalize the readable text. Two chapters on geography and culture serve as a bridge to the book's second half, which examines politics from December 1991 through 1994. This section will prove most useful to students, as it clearly explains the circumstances of the transition from Gorbachev to Yeltsin and examines everyday life and changing cultural attitudes, especially among young people. A well-organized chronology, detailed index, and small but select bibliography complement the text, and black-and-white photos and clear maps provide good visuals. Although the overall appearance and tone shout "report," any reader with even a mild interest in Russian history will find themselves enjoying their research. --Debbie Carton

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-While the first five chapters provide valuable background on geography, culture, and history through the Soviet period, more than half of this book is devoted to the years since 1991. Kort examines this period, with its exhilarating moments and painful disappointments for the Russian people, by focusing on politics and government, the economy, and daily life. In a final chapter on problems and prospects, he discusses crime, environmental problems, and regional assertiveness within the Russian Federation. Although the author is more pessimistic about the country's future than he was in the 1995 edition, his lucid narrative recounts events clearly and traces the sources of problems. His explanations of the weaknesses of the government under the 1993 Constitution and how wealth became concentrated in the hands of the few are particularly good. Readers will also appreciate some apt quotes from Russian citizens. Although there is no glossary, unfamiliar terms are explained as they are introduced. While the black-and-white photos are not as impressive as those in the previous edition, the boldly set off subheadings may entice casual readers and this structure will be helpful to students doing reports. The chronology is complete through September 1998, and updating throughout the last half of the book adds an additional 30 pages of text, making the purchase of this new edition worthwhile.-Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Revised Edition. An update to the acclaimed first edition, this volume combines all the in-depth research and historical information of its predecessor, with over 30 pages of new material. Russia will help every reader understand the changes of this metamorphic country throughout time. New coverage includes: • Pronunciation guides for Russian names • Updated statistics regarding population changes, economic changes, and other important data • Updated biographical information on political leaders Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Zhirinovsky • Updated political developments • Added information regarding Russia's crime situation • Coverage of the Chechnya wars and on other nationality problems in the North Caucasus region bordering Chechnya • Updated foreign policy section • New Future Prospects section, which addresses how these current changes affect Russia's tomorrow • New profile on Aleksandr Lebed, a leading contender to succeed Yeltsin's presidency. Excerpted from Russia by Michael G. Kort All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.