Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present by John M ThompsonRussia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present by John M Thompson

Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present

byJohn M Thompson

Paperback | December 23, 2012

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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 renewed presidency of the twenty-first century. Russia and the Soviet Union 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, Thompson's seventh edition is updated to discuss the flawed parliamentary elections to the Russian Duma in December 2011 as well as the election of Vladimir Putin to a second non-consecutive term as president of Russia in March 2012. Recent sociopolitical changes are reflected in a thoroughly rewritten Chapter 15 on the "New" Russia and a new Chapter 16 discussing Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev. 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.
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Title:Russia and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 23, 2012Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813346967

ISBN - 13:9780813346960

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface
Preface to the First Edition


CHAPTER 1
ANCIENT RUSSIA AND THE KIEVAN STATE

The Russian Land
The Peoples of Russia
The Slavs Come to Russia
The Formation of the Kievan State
How Did Kievan Russians Make a Living?
Kievan Society
Religion and Culture in Kievan Russia
Power and Politics in Kievan Russia
The Fall and Significance of Kievan Russia
Further Reading

CHAPTER 2
RUSSIA DIVIDED AND CONQUERED, 1054–1462

Russia Divided
The Mongol Scourge
The Impact of the Mongols
The Decline of Mongol Power
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 3
MOSCOW AND THE “GATHERING OF THE RUSSIAN LANDS,” 1328–1533

The Odds Against Moscow
Moscow’s Advantages
The Unification of Russia, 1328–1533
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 4
IVAN THE TERRIBLE AND THE TIME OF TROUBLES, 1533–1618

The Personality and Character of Ivan the Terrible
The Reforms of Ivan IV
Ivan Versus the Aristocracy
The Time of Troubles, 1598–1613
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 5
THE MOLDING OF RUSSIAN SOCIETY, 1613–1689

Serfdom
The Autocracy
The Orthodox Church
The Expansion of Russia
Relations with the West
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 6
PETER THE GREAT AND WESTERNIZATION, 1689–1725

Peter’s Coming of Age
Peter’s Personality and Character
Peter in War and Diplomacy
Peter’s Reforms
Resistance to Peter
Significance of Peter the Great
Further Reading

CHAPTER 7
CHANGE AND CONTINUITY, 1725–1801

Peter’s Successors, 1725–1762
Catherine the Great, 1762–1796
Russian Expansion and Colonization
Economic and Social Development
The Changing Role of the Nobility
Education and Culture
The Reign of Paul I, 1796–1801
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 8
POWER, BACKWARDNESS, AND CREATIVITY, 1801–1855

The Serf Economy
Russia Unchanged
Creativity and Dissent
Russia: Arbiter of Europe, Colonizer of Asia and America
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 9
REFORM, REACTION, AND MODERNIZATION, 1855–1904

The Era of the Great Reforms, 1855–1881
Terror and Reaction
Economic and Social Modernization, 1861–1905
Competing Ideologies
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 10
REVOLUTION, REFORM, AND WAR, 1904–1917

The Revolution of 1905
The Duma Period, 1906–1914
The Silver Age: Russian Culture, 1890–1917
Russian Involvement in World War I, 1914–1917
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 11
REVOLUTION, CIVIL WAR, AND THE FOUNDING OF SOVIET SOCIETY, 1917–1928

The February Revolution: The Collapse of the Tsarist System
The Bolsheviks Come to Power
Civil War and Foreign Intervention, 1918–1921
The New Economic Policy and Coexistence, 1921–1928
The Struggle for Power
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 12
THE SECOND REVOLUTION, THE STALINIST SYSTEM, AND WORLD WAR II, 1928–1946

The Revolution from Above: Industrialization and Collectivization
The Stalinist System
Soviet Culture, 1917–1953
Stalin and the World, 1928–1946
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 13
THE SOVIET UNION AS A SUPERPOWER: CHANGE, STAGNATION, AND “COLD WAR,” 1946–1984

Reconstruction and Renewed Stalinism
The Cold War
Ideological Rigidity and Repression
The Succession to Stalin and the Rise of Khrushchev
Peaceful Coexistence and Troubles in Eastern Europe
Origins of the Sino-Soviet Split
Ups and Downs in Soviet-Western Relations
Khrushchev: Reformer or Repairman?
Bureaucratic Stability Under Brezhnev and His Successors
Détente and Its Erosion
The Changing Soviet Society
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 14
THE GORBACHEV “REVOLUTION” AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION, 1983–1991

The Origins of the Gorbachev Reforms
Efforts to Rejuvenate the Economy
“New Thinking” in Foreign Policy
Glasnost’
Democratization
Gorbachev’s Downfall
The Attempted Coup of August 1991
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 15
THE “NEW” RUSSIA IN THE POST-SOVIET ERA, 1991–2000

The Quadruple Revolution
On the High Road to Capitalism
Setbacks and Problems
Everyday Life in Post-Soviet Russia
Difficult Times in the New Russia
Cultural Attitudes Shift
The Rocky Road to Democracy
A New Constitution
A Shaky Democracy and Yeltsin’s Decline
The Chechen Rebellion and the First Chechen War
Russia, Its Neighbors, and the World
Conclusion
Further Reading

CHAPTER 16
THE PUTIN ERA: PROGRESS AND PROBLEMS, 2000–2012

The Meteoric Rise of Vladimir Putin
Good Times and Bad Times
“Sovereign Democracy”
Elections
Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Medvedev’s Rule
The Challenge of the Caucasus
Putin’s Assertive Foreign Policy
Russia and the United States
Russia and Its Neighbors
Russia and the European Union
Conclusion
Further Reading

Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

Praise from Previous Editions:"Comprehensive, balanced, up to date, engaging, and deftly written, Russia and the Soviet Union is the best brief history of Russia available today. The book is perfectly suited for use in introductory courses on Russian history and for general readers seeking to make sense of Russia over the centuries. Thompson has packed a lifetime of thoughtful reflection, teaching, and distinguished research into this volume."—Donald J. Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"Through a fresh format and effective revisions, John Thompson has rendered still more succinct what was already a very neat, comprehensive and highly readable text. With updated biographies ('Further Reading') in several chapters and some new illustrations, as well as an additional chapter on Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, Russia and the Soviet Union in its sixth edition remains a superlative text for both students of Russian history and the casual reader."—Vicki Hendrickson Grove, University of Colorado, Boulder