Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 15, 2012

byGeoffrey Hosking

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Spanning the divide between Europe and Asia, Russia is a multi-ethnic empire with a huge territory, strategically placed and abundantly provided with natural resources. But Russia's territory has a harsh climate, is cut off from most maritime contact with the outside world, and has open andvulnerable land frontiers. It has therefore had to devote much of its wealth to the armed forces, and the sheer size of the empire has made it difficult to mobilise resources and to govern effectively, especially given the diversity of its people. In this Very Short Introduction, Geoffrey Hosking discusses all aspects of Russian history, from the struggle by the state to control society, the transformation of the empire into a multi-ethnic empire, Russia's relationship with the West/Europe, the Soviet experience, and the post-Sovietera.

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Spanning the divide between Europe and Asia, Russia is a multi-ethnic empire with a huge territory, strategically placed and abundantly provided with natural resources. But Russia's territory has a harsh climate, is cut off from most maritime contact with the outside world, and has open andvulnerable land frontiers. It has therefore ha...

Geoffrey Hosking was formerly Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL from 1984 to 2007. He has written numerous books including Beyond Socialist Realism (Holmes and Meier, 1980), A History of the Soviet Union (Fontana Press, 1992), Russia and the Russians (Penguin, 2001), and Trust: money,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199580987

ISBN - 13:9780199580989

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Introduction1. Kievan Rus and the Mongols2. The Formation of the Muscovite state3. The Russian Empire and Europe4. The Responsibilities and dangers of Empire5. Reform and revolution6. The Soviet Union's turbulent rise7. The Soviet Union: triumph, decline and fallChronologyFurther ReadingGlossary