Best Russian History Books
This is a list of the greatest Russian history books. Open to all periods of Russian history.
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 46,815 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 6,846 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 10,309 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 1,711 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 1,823 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 15,105 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 4,489 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,899 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,840 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 347 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 2,123 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,362 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,958 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,770 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 591 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 445 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 182 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 1,565 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 430 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 240 ratings
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 3,151 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 1,327 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 458 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 1,540 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,581 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 790 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 4,331 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 2,082 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 379 ratings
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 438 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 72 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 916 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 644 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 88 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 672 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 297 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 29 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 114 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 471 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 227 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 330 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,829 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,054 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,061 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 181 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 202 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 116 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 231 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 69 ratings
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 82 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 96 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 10 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 209 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 110 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 9,384 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 244 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 253 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 42 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 696 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 212 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 118 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 888 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 9 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 263 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 118 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 166 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 75 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 2,355 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 80 ratings
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 79 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 4,696 ratings
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 191 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 227 ratings
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 30 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 6,712 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 421 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 372 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 91 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,644 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 122 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 44 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 12 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 222 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 370 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 76 ratings
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 64 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,325 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 27 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 283 ratings
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 74 ratings
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 21 ratings
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268 books · 224 voters · list created July 9th, 2009 by Zachary (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Brothers Karamazov?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Yes, I'd been wondering about that one, too. What are novels doing on this list anyway?


message 3: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I wouldn't have added them either, but I'm not sure I'd be justified in taking them off--at least a few of them are pretty good sources of history, even if they're not history books.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Zachary, looks like this is a case for input from the list's creator: Were you intending this as a list for nonfiction books only, or are you comfortable with novels being added as well?


message 5: by Zachary (last edited Mar 23, 2011 12:07PM) (new)

Zachary Novels should not apply to this list. This is for historical works of non-fiction only.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads OK - we'll remove them, then.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for being fiction:

Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler
Life and Fate, by Vasily Grossman
The Brothers Karamazov, by Feodor Dostoyevsky
Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak
The Sebastopol Sketches, by Leo Tolstoy
The First Circle, by Alexander Solzhenitzyn
Wolves Eat Dogs, by Martin Cruz Smith
We the Living, by Ayn Rand
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Collected Shorter Fiction, by Leo Tolstoy
Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy, by Leo Tolstoy
Short Fiction, by Leo Tolstoy
The Cossacks and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy
The Best Short Stories of Feodor Dostoyevsky, by Feodor Dostoyevsky
The House of the Dead, by Feodor Dostoyevsky
Notes from Underground, by Feodor Dostoyevsky
August 1914, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Red Square, by Martin Cruz Smith
Topaz, by Leon Uris


message 8: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Thank you! Swift and efficient.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.

Please tell me if I missed anything.


message 10: by Aaron (new)

Aaron I love this list. I actually disagree with removing the fiction books. Many of those books actually have a lot to do with Russian History. My goodness, some of these books helped propel the Russian Revolution. Some of those books describe serfdom and the Russian culture better than many history books can. Anyway, just my opinion.


message 11: by Zachary (last edited Apr 15, 2011 12:04PM) (new)

Zachary Thanks for sharing your point. Indeed, many of these books had great influence, however, they are not history or non-fiction. This list is for history books, not literature or fiction. Please feel free to contribute to a list that accepts fiction or literature, as I believe there are some that already exist. There are also two main groups that deal with discussions on Russian literature.


message 12: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Guide me here! I want to read some Russian history, possibly for a book club. Where do I start? Thanks.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What area are you interested in? The imperial period, the Soviet Union, cultural history, political history, what?


message 14: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Dec 28, 2012 07:11PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Looks like this is due for some renewed pruning -- fiction is beginning to creep back in.

ETA: Plus, what are books on the Tudors doing on this list?!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 17: by Arunas (new)

Arunas Thanks very much -- I'm new to the site so didn't know. ;-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem.


message 19: by Zachary (last edited Feb 11, 2013 11:10AM) (new)

Zachary Themis-Athena,

I completely agree that we need to weed out works of fiction. I went through and removed a handful. If you see any that I have overlooked please let me know.

Kindly,
Zach


Themis-Athena wrote: "Looks like this is due for some renewed pruning -- fiction is beginning to creep back in.

ETA: Plus, what are books on the Tudors doing on this list?!"



message 20: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ The White Guard is fiction


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads As is Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd (currently #89).


message 22: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Susanna,

Thanks. Deleted.

Zach


Susanna wrote: "As is Russka, by Edward Rutherfurd (currently #89)."


message 23: by Andy (new)

Andy The best one is "And Quiet Flows the Don". As Russian, I can say that it is about Russia and Russian soul... Touching, hard, monumental... Cannot stop reading...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679...


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