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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My edition of the book ends with Yeltsin, the once-popular but now seen as weak leader who ushered in the democratic experiment as well as the rise of a new class of plutocrats.

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would hisyory 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.

Wherever needed it gives a fair idea to the student, of the differing schools of thought addressing a question. And riasanovsjy I love it! Gratis verzending 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren Ophalen bij een bol.

No doubt Russia will again surprise the West with its development in the future, but this book will continue to be a useful riasanovsly to understand that trajectory, for anyone from a beginning student to a specialist.

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. Taken at the Flood Robin Waterfield.

A History of Russia – Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky – Google Books

The version of this book that I wrote was published in the early s, so I am hoping that later versions of the book have improved.

I was very excited to get a history of Russia, especially concerning the earlier periods, as I enjoy reading history and had just finished a good work on medieval Europe AD – AD. It’s pages long and covers the history of Russia russiaa the beginning of time.

A History of Russia. Riasanovsky does not force his opinions on the reader, nor does he make any unfounded claims. But for a general history, this histlry a good starting place. 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 reading of this hisfory with a bit of trepidation, and with very moderate expectations.


Ambivalence is probably a term that can describe the public views on many critical issues in relation to the future direction of Russia. Riasanovky II features an additional introductory chapter that links Russia’s modern history to the events that preceded it. Du vil kanskje like. Mongolia in the 20th Century: It gives you a taste of the average Russian’s life and spirit through its history. Levertijd We doen er alles aan om dit riasanogsky op tijd te bezorgen.

This is an academic survey and has all the vices and virtues of the genre. Now I have an idea of what blanks I want to fill in.

A 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. Mar 06, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Alltid hos Adlibris Stort utvalg Alltid lave priser Fri frakt fra ,.

Yet oddly, the author would felt it was important to cover the arts, literature, and present many statistics for every major time frame.

Insomma, una bellissima presentazione della storia e della cultura russa, con spunti per ulteriori approfondimenti.

A History of Russia – Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg – Oxford University Press

The Aral sea disaster is a troubling example: Although German history was my primary focus in Graduate School, I would be hard-pressed to come up with as comprehensive and useful rudsia history of that russis, from its misty past in prehistory to the conflagrations of the Twentieth Century and the comparable stability since, as this book is for Russia.

Richard Stites A History of Russia 19, I still have it, I love it that much.

In his discussion of Stalin he barely touches on the Ukrainian famine of the s, describing it as an nistory of the implementation of the first five year plan and not what it was, the intentional starving of over 30 million peasants who resisted collectivization.


The book narrative is easy and difficult in some parts,but the author explains every major aspect in detail.

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 population 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.

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. Oct 30, Eric rated it it was amazing. So whatever the failings in terms of writing and style, I do not hesitate in my rating it 5 stars. Copre bene tutti riasanovsk passaggi storici, con approfondimento sulla cultura, arte, religione ecc New chapters on politics, society, and culture since explore Russia’s complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.

We still discuss some of it from time to time.

Even though it was around pages, I remember clearly both my husband and me reading easily and quickly through it and discussing it at length. Still, it fulfilled its function. Refresh and try rkasanovsky. 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.

I doubt this Marxist irony was intentional.