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A Short History of Russia

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Occasionally there arises a man in history who, without distinction of birth or other advantages, is strong enough by sheer ability to grasp the opportunity, vault into power, and then stem the tide of events. Such a man... was Boris Godunof, a boyar, who had so faithfully served the terrible Ivan that he leaned upon him and at last confided to him the supervision of his f ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1900)
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Duckpondwithoutducks
This book was an okay overview of the history of Russia.
But the title itself proclaims that it is just a short history, so it is not too indepth.
As it was published in 1907, the Russian Revolution hadn't happened yet, and it was poignant to read at the end:
"who can foresee what will be the end, and what the ultimate destiny of the Empire which had its beginning in a small Slavonic State upon the Dnieper."

One thing that slightly puzzled me was an addendum at the end of the book which was quite
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Laura
Glah, I accidentally deleted my review... I clearly need a nap! Either way, I'm not going to rewrite it in full.
I recommend this book, as it condenses a broad overview of Russian history, from ~800CE until its writing in 1907, into a mere 300-odd pages. The date at which it was written adds to the book in my opinion: firstly, the style is flowery and interesting, rather than using the dry tone adopted by the predominant number of modern history books. Secondly, some of the events in the book wer
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Liz
Good general background. Finishes before the Revolution.
Claire
Its oldness is what really makes this book interesting--it was a blast to see late-19th/early-20th century battles that we think of as preludes to WWI presented as being important in their own right. I wish there had been more about Russia's early history, but this was a pretty good overview. I'm interested into diving into more specific books on the topic now.
Kim
Nice, readable history from earliest peoples to 1900s. It a good overview although the final chapter, ending with the author's fervent hopes that Russia has reached a tipping point away from barbarism and toward civility by the early 1900s was apparently over optimistic! Lives up to its name and sort of quaint when reading some of the passages.
Neva
This book REALLY stinks. Did anyone edit it?
Sam
as this was written in 1906 by an American it gives a fascinating look at how opinions of nations such as japan, korea and russia habe drastically altered. an easy read that simply gives info rather than provoking debate.
Bryan Trinh
It gives a good brief history of Russia, sometimes feeling too brief though.
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