Russian History

The history of Russia begins with that of the Eastern Slavs and the Finno-Ugric peoples.

Various states have existed in this region, including the Garðaríki ("the realm of towns"), Kievan Rus', Muscovy, Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation.
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The Secret Wife
Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, 1921-1933
Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster
Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin
The Lost Pianos of Siberia
Trump/Russia: A Definitive History
Hitler: Downfall, 1939-45
The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia, 1918-1919
The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
Nicholas and Alexandra
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891 - 1924
Peter the Great: His Life and World
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
Gulag: A History
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia
The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 (Abridged)
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen BrusatteI'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamaraEnlightenment Now by Steven PinkerFascism by Madeleine K. AlbrightThe Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann
Historical Nonfiction 2018
217 books — 53 voters
The Trigger by Tim ButcherDestiny of the Republic by Candice MillardHellhound on His Trail by Hampton SidesBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownI Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Assassination
154 books — 77 voters

Catherine the Great by Robert K. MassieSophie - A Most Unlikely Empress by Jacqueline HinesMen on White Horses by Annette MotleyEmpress of the Night by Eva Stachniak
Catherine the Great
4 books — 6 voters

The Lost Crown by Sarah  MillerThe Diary of Olga Romanov by Helen AzarAnastasia by Carolyn MeyerAnastasia's Album by Hugh BrewsterThe Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
Best Books of the Romanov Sisters
17 books — 52 voters
Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. MassieThe Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 by Aleksandr SolzhenitsynCatherine the Great by Robert K. MassiePeter the Great by Robert K. MassieA People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Best Russian History Books
466 books — 357 voters


Andrew D. Kaufman
Dostoyevsky’s widow insisted that her husband was to literature what the physicist-founder of the X-ray was to the human body: the inventor of a wholly new means of peering inside the human soul.
Andrew D. Kaufman, The Gambler Wife: A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved Dostoyevsky

Andrew D. Kaufman
Thus began Anna Dostoyevskaya’s career as Russia’s first sole woman publisher, a career that would in time wrest Dostoyevsky out of debt and continue to provide for their family for almost the next four decades.
Andrew D. Kaufman, The Gambler Wife: A True Story of Love, Risk, and the Woman Who Saved Dostoyevsky

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