A HISTORY OF RUSSIA RIASANOVSKY PDF
A History of Russia has ratings and 52 reviews. WarpDrive said: RUSSIA Russia. A complex and fascinating history, a rich culture with many a contr. Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (December 21, – May 14, ) was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history and European intellectual history. Riasanovsky’s opus is a fairly straightforward attempt at a comprehensive history of Russia.
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A History of Russia
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume russla text available, Russix History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond.
Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, this sixth edition updates its existing coverage of the social, e Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond.
Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, this sixth edition updates its existing coverage of the social, economic, cultural, political and military events of Russia’s past and includes a new chapter on the post-Gorbachev era as well as helpful updated bibliographies and reading source lists. Examining contemporary issues such as the rise of Yeltsin, the nationalities question, and Russia’s attempts to market capitalism, this sixth edition takes the study of Russia straight into the new millennium, continuing A History of Russia’s nearly forty-year track record as the leader in the field.
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Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
Straddling between Asia and Europe, but with strong ties to European culture and history, as repeatedly stressed in history by many Russian leaders like Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, but also by recent leaders such as Putin, who declared in Russia, whose Tsarist flag as also reflected, with modifications, in the current Russian presidential hhistoryrepresents symbolically the very essence of the Russian core: A nation that has frequently received biased, flawed and ideologically-colored treatment by many histlry, especially by Jistory and particularly by US media during and after the Cold War.
The country that imposed Communism to the countries of Eastern Europe with the brute force of arms, but also the country whose heroism and immense sacrifices during WWII well over 24 million casualties, according to conservative estimates contributed the most, by far, to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Stalingrad was the turning point of the whole war – and the average lifetime of a Russian soldier coming to Stalingrad front was 24 hours. A country that jistory the Riawanovsky nuclear disaster, but also whose lf in mathematics, science, and space exploration have been many and significant a mural in Pripyat ghost town, Chernobyl, is displayed below: A country with beautiful architecture, with fairy-tale churches like the one at Kizhi Pogost 37 hisrory of indescribable beauty, 22 domes reaching out for the sky, built of wood and without using a single nail or the famous and strikingly beautiful St.
Basil Cathedral in Moscow and also with beautiful examples of Soviet architecture: The Aral sea disaster is a troubling example: This amazing and heart wrenching 3-minute drone footage is really worth watching: Russia is a nation with a history of suffering and incredible resilience I wonder what other people on Earth would have been capable of demonstrating the resilience of the Leningrad histpry during the legendary siege of WWIIof incredible feats whole industries and industry sectors created from nothing within a few years, the trans-Siberian railwaybut also a nation plagued by alcoholism, corruption and criminality as freely admitted by the Russian leadership even very recently.
A country whose many contradictory, conflicting cultural and ideological streams saw immediately after the success of the Russian Revolution the emergence of a climate riasanovssky experimentation in literary, social and artistic expression, and of liberation, notably in riadanovsky to mass education, social mobility and the improvement of the condition of women: Ambivalence histroy probably a term that can describe the public views on many critical issues in relation to the future direction of Russia.
An ambivalence also reflected in Putin’s words: I think that the following extract from the poem “To My Country” by the great 19th century Russian poet Lermontov captures some of the uniqueness and beauty of Russia: And yet I love it! Why, I cannot say; The endless snowy Steppes so silent brooding, In the pine forests Autumn winds pursuing– The flood’s high water on all sides in May.
By peasant cart I fain would haste in nightly darkness, Through the lone wilderness and village desolate, How hospitable shines the sole beam sparkling To me from each poor hut! Filled with content so great, The smell of stubble burnt, delights.
Piled high The wagons silent standing take their nightly rest, On distant hills the silver birches I descry, Framed gold by fertile fields the sacred picture blest. Then with a joy unshared save by the vagrant, I see the threshing floor well filled and fragrant, The sloping straw-thatched cottage roofs again, The window panels carved, of varied stain. Russian Winter by Vladimir Zhdanov THE BOOK Considering the often superficial, ill-informed, and ideologically biased portrait of Russia infesting many publications and commentaries, I approached the hjstory of this book with a bit of trepidation, and with very moderate expectations.
I was after a one-volume comprehensive overview, an university textbook that, in an academically appropriate way and in a nuanced and unbiased manner, would help me improve my knowledge of the fascinating Russian history, in particular of the Pre-Soviet period.
And I was very pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of this book in terms of accuracy, lack of bias, respect for the variety of sources, academic rigour, and surprising amount of detail for a one-volume book with such an ambitious and challenging scope. The lack of bias and intellectual honesty are remarkable: I also particularly enjoyed the nuanced and rounded portraits of leaders such ruasia Lenin, Brezhnev, and Putin even with their important shortcomings, all intelligent and generally highly effective leaders with the exclusion riasaovsky the sunset years of the Brezhnev periodriasanlvsky than the caricatures of some western propaganda.
The historiographical debates about the riaeanovsky scholarly issues related to the main events of the Russian history are well and honestly presented I particularly liked the discussion related to the multiple theories about the origins of the Kievan Rus.
I also appreciated that the authors did not limit the book to purely political events, but that a praiseworthy effort has been made to also represent the more social, cultural and even psychological aspects. For a textbook with such impeccable and impressive academic credential, this book is incredibly readable and thoroughly enjoyable – I can’t even begin to comprehend why some reviewers have found this book a dry read.
It must also be said, though, that as this book is just an overview even though it is a page oneit will probably leave all readers who happen to have prior detailed knowledge of Russian history quite unsatisfied; but I must also highlight that I found it remarkable how much information the authors managed to pack into a single volume. There is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text, the text is frequently supported by nice and relevant maps, and the sources are meticulously researched and recorded.
The genealogical tree of the Russian rulers at the end of the book also helped me enormously the version I read is the Eight Edition, published in by Oxford University Press. The only issue is that this book should have probably given more weight and focus on the first periods of Russian history, rather than to the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, but I guess that this is a question of personal interests rather than an objective shortcoming of the book and in any case there is only so much information you can pack into a single book with such a huge scope.
Overall it has been a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, a remarkable work, highly recommended to anybody who is interested in a good-quality overview of Russian history. A well-deserved 5 stars – this is historical writing at its best. View all 8 comments. Gran bel libro, veramente.
Una sintesi efficace che riesce a darci a tutto tondo gli aspetti storici e politici, non solo, ma anche quelli economici e culturali. Pagine interessantissime, seppur stringate, sulla letteratura russa dal Gran bel libro, veramente. Per non parlare di Ivan il terribile, il principe Nevskij, i Tartari, il principato di Novgorod, etc. Insomma, una bellissima presentazione della storia e della cultura russa, con spunti per ulteriori approfondimenti.
For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job. It describes not only the usual progression of kings and wars, but goes into some detail regarding politics – both foreign and domestic – as well as trade, education-levels, social order, literature and the arts as they have shifted through the centuries.
On the other hand, this is a rather shallow look at Russian history, barely dipping its toes into the ocean of reasons For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job. On the other hand, this is a rather shallow look at Russian history, barely dipping its toes into the ocean of reasons behind changes, and spending even less time analysing the people involved.
I am told in general terms WHAT they did, but very little time is spent on the reasoning and personalities. The only one who gets and real time spent on him is Peter the Great. The book is also plagued by a good number of spelling mistakes and strange grammar, which occasionally makes the narrative difficult to follow. The authors have also made some strange choices regarding the spelling of Russian names, choosing to keep the original Russian spelling of some, while changing to a more Westernised style for others – and occasionally use two different spellings for a name, changing it between the narrative text and the text below the illustrations.
The book also has some problems with breezing past certain concepts, unloading unexplained Russian words and moving on wihout going into detail – while on other occasions being incredibly repetitive in explaining other terms.
The overall feel is one of an inconsistent, but basically decent, read. This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today.
The authors did a very good job of remaining impartial even when approaching highly controversial subjects, such as the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine; they were nearly always careful to provide both or more perspectives on such contentious issues. I also especially appreciated the authors’ explanations of Russian culture in the various periods and their re This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today.
I also especially appreciated the authors’ explanations of Russian culture in the various periods and their references to specific pieces of art, poetry, literature, etc. This was very helpful in following the developments of Russian thought and society and in conducting additional research. Happily, it also exposed me to several excellent composers and writers with whom I was previously unfamiliar.
In previous and later chapters of the book, the authors seem to take pains to provide us with a picture of the way the average Russian lived during a given period of Russian history, but their treatment of the average Russian under the Communists is insufficient and incomplete. I would also like to have seen the sections covering the life of the Russian Orthodox Church expanded, though this might reflect my own interests more than any insufficiency on the part of the authors.
Overall, I can say that I recommend this book as a worthwhile starting place for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Russia. After reading this book and digesting the overview it provides, one can then dig a bit deeper into the more thorough treatments of more specific topics, a great deal of which they authors list in their extensive bibliography. Sep 12, David rated it it was ok. A good textbook with clear and simple prose, but very dry for the casual reader.
X happens and then Y happens and professors Z1 and Z2 have such-and-so interpretations, but with almost no quotations from primary sources or detail to give color and improve retention of the material.
This is probably the best history “textbook” I’ve ever read. This has gotten me through my Russian history course. Never underestimate the power of a good textbook, especially in the face of a poor lecturer.
Classic history of Russia by noted scholar This classic survey of Russian history is an excellent overview of this sprawling cultural, military, and political power which has had such a major impact on the world over the last centuries. Written by one of rsusia pre-eminent scholars in the field, it can serve as a textbook introducing students to major topics, a reference for those looking for summaries and overviews riasanovskky key themes and developments, or simply an informative work for those wanting a de Classic history of Russia by noted riasanovsiy This classic survey of Russian history is an excellent overview of this sprawling cultural, military, and political power which has had such a major impact on the world over the last centuries.
Written by one of the pre-eminent scholars in the field, it can serve as a textbook introducing students to major topics, a reference for those looking for summaries and overviews of key themes and developments, oc simply an informative work for those wanting a decent introduction to the history of this fascinating and complex land.
Dec 02, Ratratrat rated it liked it Shelves: Interessante, dovrei rileggerlo alla luce di tanti libri letti poi su singoli aspetti. Jun riasanovdky, Revanth Ukkalam rated it it was amazing. This is a how a history book must be written.