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Russia and the Soviet Union: An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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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Brad Rousse
Jul 14, 2015 Brad Rousse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Shannon
Nov 19, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-school
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
Elvin
Sep 27, 2013 Elvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Annamarie
Jul 25, 2011 Annamarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Megan
Russia and the Soviet Union: An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present by John M. Thompson (1998)
Cecelia
Its alright, I had to read it for a class otherwise i wouldn't have bought it, let alone pick it up off the shelf
Rebecca Brink
Feb 19, 2011 Rebecca Brink rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, textbooks
One of the more satiable textbooks, and balanced.
Alice19thsr
Apr 30, 2010 Alice19thsr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
though i have the 6th edition
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