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The Russian Moment in World History

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Is Russian history one big inevitable failure? The Soviet Union's demise and Russia's ensuing troubles have led many to wonder. But this is to look through a skewed prism indeed. In this provocative and elegantly written short history of Russia, Marshall Poe takes us well beyond the Soviet haze deep into the nation's fascinating--not at all inevitable, and in key respects ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published 2003)
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Ethan
Aug 10, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it
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Marshall Poe is a graduate of Grinnell College, so you know this book is going to be well researched, insightful, thought provoking, etc. If only he'd written this AFTER Putin showed the true nature of his soul.
L
Mar 16, 2010 L rated it really liked it
There are some parts I do not totally agree with in his approach, but it did not diminish the reading of the book. I think he is quite right on the geography argument and defense of its fluid borders, an argument which is not popular, but does not change its reality.
Czarina
May 26, 2010 Czarina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It could be a bit more clear in places and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of explaining or addressing opposing views, given that it's aimed towards the more casual reader.
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