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Russia and the Soviet Union : an historical introduction from the Kievan state to the present
Thompson, John M.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xv, 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1430 Lexile.
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This book presents a brief, lucid account of Russian and Soviet history from ancient Kievan Rus' to Borris Yeltsin's dispersal of the anti-reform parliament. Thompson's balanced treatment pays equal attention to the early and modern periods of Russian history. This new, thoroughly revised edition reassesses the legacy of the Brezhnev period, looks at the crucial transitional role of Mikhail Gorbachev, analyzes the dramatic breakup of the Soviet Union, and provides an overview of the emergence of noncommunist Russia. An all new chapter focuses on events since 1991, including the war in Chechenya and Russia's relations with the other post-Soviet successor states.The text is supplemented with maps and illustrations and includes bibliographies and suggested readings at the end of each chapter. Designed for use by students in either a one- or two-semester introductory course in Russian history; Russia and the Soviet Union will also be valuable to any reader seeking to become aquatinted with the story of the Russian people--their traditions and courage, their tragedies and triumphs, and their remarkable contribution to European and world culture.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
1 Ancient Russia and the Kievan Statep. 1
Further Readingp. 24
2 Russia Divided and Conquered, 1054-1462p. 25
Conclusionp. 39
3 Moscow and "the Gathering of the Russian Lands," 1328-1533p. 41
Conclusionp. 56
4 Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles, 1533-1618p. 58
Conclusionp. 73
5 The Molding of Russian Society, 1613-89p. 75
Conclusionp. 91
6 Peter the Great and Westernization, 1689-1725p. 93
Further Readingp. 108
7 Change and Continuity, 1725-1801p. 109
Conclusionp. 127
8 Power, Backwardness, and Creativity, 1801-55p. 129
Conclusionp. 144
9 Reform, Reaction, and Modernization, 1855-1904p. 147
Further Readingp. 167
10 Revolution, Reform, and War, 1904-17p. 168
Conclusionp. 186
11 Revolution, Civil War, and the Founding of Soviet Society, 1917-28p. 187
Conclusionp. 210
12 The Second Revolution, the Stalinist System, and World War II, 1928-46p. 211
Conclusionp. 231
13 The Soviet Union as a Superpower: Change, Stagnation, and "Cold War," 1946-82p. 234
Conclusionp. 267
14 The Gorbachev "Revolution" and the Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1983-91p. 268
Conclusionp. 290
15 The "New" Russia in the Post-Soviet Erap. 292
Conclusionp. 314
Indexp. 317