Russia: A Historical Introduction From Kievan Rus' To The Present by John M. ThompsonRussia: A Historical Introduction From Kievan Rus' To The Present by John M. Thompson

Russia: A Historical Introduction From Kievan Rus' To The Present

byJohn M. Thompson, Christopher J. Ward

Paperback | July 25, 2017

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This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus' to Vladimir Putin's presidency in the twenty-first century. Russia does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the "inevitability" of the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist terror, and the Gorbachev reform effort. Tackling those topics and others, the new edition is updated to discuss the Russia-Georgia war of 2008, the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, the war in eastern Ukraine, and the Russian annexation of Crimea. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful images and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as well as politics and foreign policy.

John M. Thompson, a graduate of Columbia's Russian Institute, taught history at Indiana University for seventeen years and was a distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air War College. He is currently teaching Russian and world history at Midcoast Senior College in Maine. Christopher J. Ward received hi...
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Title:Russia: A Historical Introduction From Kievan Rus' To The PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813349850

ISBN - 13:9780813349855

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"Russia and the Soviet Union is a superb one-semester text for a course in Russian history from origins to the near-present. Thompson does a judicious job of introducing key debates and does not hesitate to express his own considered opinion where warranted. The balanced coverage of medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods is extremely important for introductory courses, as is the newly revised section of Russia under Putin. Overall, this is a readable, exciting, stimulating book which always has students asking for more."-David W. McFadden, Fairfield University