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A History of Russia, Volume 1: To 1917
This new edition retains the features of the first edition that made it a popular choice in universities and colleges throughout the US, Canada and around the world. Moss's accessible history includes full treatment of everyday life, the role of women, rural life, law, religion, literature and art. In addition, it provides many other features that have proven successful wi ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Anthem Press
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I realize that A History of Russia, Volume 1: To 1917 is intended to be used as a college textbook, so I really shouldn't complain, but this was way too much like a textbook for me. Rather than an interesting, cohesive look at history as we move through the years, the text is chopped up into short chunks of a few pages each dealing with elements in isolation -- three pages on politics, two on religion, three on labor, etc., and on to the next block of time and four pages on politics, three on re ...more
Moss presents the cold, hard facts of early Russian history in a highly readable and accessible format. The language and format is so comfortable that many times I forgot that I was reading this on assignment. The "Part" introductions provide a very good overview of the chapters to come, and are useful tools for reviewing (or cramming) the comprehensive material of the text. Moss has copious footnotes and annotations to provide for further reading, and provides a "Suggested Sources" at the end o ...more
I think this is a pretty good introduction to Russian history since Kievan Rus, although its a little sparse in the early stages. It's a lot better from about 1300-1400 onward, but I'd like to see a little more information about the early periods of Russian history, since the Kievan Rus periods and even before probably shaped a lot of Russian character.