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Russia and the Soviet Union: An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present
This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Putin’s presidency of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated, Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the “inevitability” ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Westview Press
(first published January 1st 1986)
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A short, informative overview of Russian history from the ancient past to the year 2012. A good read if you want to understand what makes Russia and her people tick. Can't help but notice the comments about tensions with Ukraine, Putin's continuing authoritarianism and the trends towards aggressive foreign policy, though.
I had to read this for my Russian History class and really enjoyed it. I had another history class last year with the same teacher and we had to read an incredibly boring book about European history that made it really hard to read it everyday for my class. This book was not like that. Every chapter started with an interesting vignette pertinent to the chapter that showed the tsars of Russian in a really human way before starting the straight up facts. But even Thompson's factual information is ...more
A surprisingly interesting and very well written book about a subject I knew very little. His style keeps it interesting and that is often not true where this much history has to be covered. I will seek other books by this author solely because I like his style.
To be honest I would have never read this book if it were not for the fact that it was required for my history class. But having now read it; the book is not bad at all, it actually makes Russian history interesting to someone that does not give a darn.