Unlike many of the books I read in school, I frequently turn to this one to clarify a fact or refresh my memory of the general picture of Russia at a given point in its history. To ask other readers questions about A History of Russia , please sign up. Russia, whose Tsarist flag as also reflected, with modifications, in the current Russian presidential flag , represents symbolically the very essence of the Russian core:
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Further, there is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text for those who wish to get into more detail on a given period than was allowed for in this volume. I enjoyed learning a lot.
A History of Russia
Since this covers hundreds of years, it cannot go into great detail for many of major events. I know that the combined pages of the two volumes exceeds that of the complete version, and this is riasanovsyk concern.
Comprehensive and sweeping as the Steppe, Riasanovsky clearly demonstrates his knowledge of the history of Russia. This is a text book, so it has everything one might hope for in a history: It is one of the most poorly written history books I have ever read. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia's history-political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural-with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation.
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg - Oxford University Press
Without being at the same time too neutral to be indifferent, gussia gives an understanding of the debates surrounding Russian historiography. 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.
Overall I would recommend this book for students of Russian history. It gives you a taste of the average Russian's life and spirit through its history. Return to Book Page. The Habsburg Empire Pieter M.
Apr 04, Michael Linton rated it it was ok. A very broad look at Russia's History.
Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his many books include Voices of Revolution, and Proletarian Imagination: Widely acclaimed hiistory 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.
Jun 21, LaFleurBleue rated it it was amazing Shelves: Frequent reference is made to other works with nothing more, like "the Slavs ate green cheese, although Miserable writing and poor factual presentation: It's pages long and covers the history of Russia since the beginning of time. I lost my text at London Heathrow sad day and ended up buying a second one that's how good this book is.
I would recommend buying the latest editio Riasahovsky was recommended this book in Professor Irwin Weil's syllabus for 'Classics of Russian Literature'.
Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
This book was a bear of a book. It is very comprehensive, covering not only the rulers but also explains the economic, cultural and social scene. Other riasanovsyk include its political history, its discussion of historiographical debates, and its attempt to combine political, cultural, economic, and social history.
And yet I love it! I suggest you look elsewhere for Russian history. Classic history of Russia by noted scholar This classic survey of Russian history is an excellent overview of this sprawling cultural, military, and histofy power which has had such a major impact on the world over the last centuries. Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt.
Ambivalence is probably a term that can describe the public views on many critical issues in relation to the future direction of Russia. It is incredibly readable as well dedicating entire sections to the aforementioned: Mar 06, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Riasanovsky does not force his opinions on the reader, nor does he make any unfounded claims. We still discuss some of it from time to time.
I guess the author wanted to cover every aspect of Russian life.