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Russia : the once and future empire from pre-history to Putin

Author: Philip Longworth
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2006] © 2005
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. EditionView all editions and formats
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A study of the origins and evolution of modern Russia traces the tumultuous history of the region through the rise and fall of four consecutive empires--Kievan, Muscovite, Romanov, and Soviet.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Longworth
ISBN: 031236041X 9780312360412
OCLC Number: 70630592
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by John Murray (Publishers), a division of Hodder Headline, under the title Russia's empires: their rise and fall: from prehistory to Putin"--Title page verso.
Description: vii, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Russians: who are they? --
The first Russian state --
Reincarnation --
The foundations of an empire --
Ivan IV and the first imperial expansion --
The crash --
Recovery --
Peter the Great and the breakthrough to the west --
Glorious expansion --
The romantic age of empire --
Descent to destruction --
The construction of a juggernaut --
The high tide of Soviet imperialism --
Autopsy on a deceased empire --
Reinventing Russia --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Russia's empires
The once and future empire from pre-history to Putin
Responsibility: Philip Longworth.
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A study of the origins and evolution of modern Russia traces the tumultuous history of the region through the rise and fall of four consecutive empires--Kievan, Muscovite, Romanov, and Soviet.

"Through the centuries, Russia has swung sharply between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse, and spectacular recovery. This illuminating history traces these dramatic cycles of boom and bust from the late Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russia of today. Philip Longworth explores the dynamics of Russia's past through time and space, from the nameless adventurers who first penetrated this vast, inhospitable terrain to a cast of dynamic characters that includes Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Stalin. His narrative takes in the magnificent, historic cities of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire to the south, to the Baltic in the west and to Archangel and the Arctic Ocean to the north.

Who are the Russians and what is the source of their imperialistic culture? Why was Russia so driven to colonize and conquer? From Kievan Rus'---the first-ever Russian state, which collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century---to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century and finally the Soviet period, this groundbreaking study analyses the growth and dissolution of each vast empire as it gives way to the next. Refreshing in its insight and drawing on a vast range of scholarship, this book also explicitly addresses the question of what the future holds for Russia and her neighbors, and asks whether her sphere of influence is growing."--

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