Russia in World History

Paperback | June 15, 2015

byBarbara Alpern Engel, Janet Martin

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Over the course of twelve centuries, Russia's peoples overcame the constant challenges posed by geography, climate, availability of natural resources, and devastating foreign invasions to become the world's second largest land empire and the largest in modern history. This energeticintroduction to Russia's history follows the development of local tribes into a federation of principalities centered at Kiev, the shift of power to Moscow and the centralization of the state, and Russia's pursuit of imperial ambitions. It examines the circumstances that led to the foundation of theworld's first communist society in 1917, and traces the global consequences of Russia's extensive confrontation with the United States. Russia's arduous and costly climb to great power gains a personal dimension through the stories of individual women and men - pivotal figures as well as common people - illuminating the human consequences of sweeping historical change. Peoples of many ethnicities became part of the Russian empireand suffered or benefitted from its leaders' efforts to meld a multiethnic polity into a coherent political entity. This book examines how Russia served as a conduit for people, ideas, and commodities - owing between east and west, north and south and how it came to play an increasingly importantrole on a global scale.

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Over the course of twelve centuries, Russia's peoples overcame the constant challenges posed by geography, climate, availability of natural resources, and devastating foreign invasions to become the world's second largest land empire and the largest in modern history. This energeticintroduction to Russia's history follows the developme...

Barbara Alpern Engel is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Mothers and Daughters: Women of the Intelligentsia in Nineteenth Century Russia; Between the Fields and the City: Women, Work and Family in Russia; Women in Russia: 1700-2000; and Breaking the Ties that Bound: The Pol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:June 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199947899

ISBN - 13:9780199947898

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PrefaceEditors' PrefaceA Note on Dates and Names1. The Formation of Russia: Slavs, Vikings and Byzantium2. The Formation and Development of Muscovy (1240-1462)3. Muscovy: The Late Ryurikids and Early Romanovs (1462-1689)4. The Petrine Revolution (1689-1725)5. The Triumph of Empire (1725-1855)6. Reform and Revolution (1855-1905)7. Wars and Revolutions (1905-1945)8. Cold War and the Collapse of Communism (1945 to the present)ChronologyFurther ReadingWebsitesAcknowledgmentsIndex