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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4.06 avg rating — 5,090 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 695 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 308 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 256 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 4,230 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 1,981 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 628 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 1,889 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 688 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 2,782 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 2,150 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 1,092 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 659 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 452 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 377 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 115 ratings
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38

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4.15 avg rating — 327 ratings
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39

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3.82 avg rating — 871 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 132 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 145 ratings
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42

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4.19 avg rating — 308 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 333 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 108 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 177 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 1,316 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 261 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 171 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 611 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 570 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 318 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 555 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 26 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 196 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 218 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 120 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 542 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 288 ratings
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3.56 avg rating — 622 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 107 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 120 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 1,575 ratings
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312 books · 282 voters · list created July 10th, 2009 by Zachary (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The Brothers Karamazov?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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 (Lioness at Large) 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 (Lioness at Large) (last edited Dec 28, 2012 07:11PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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...


message 24: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I saw some fiction - Taras Bulba by Gogol @78, saw something by Pushkin a bit later...


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Lobstergirl wrote: "I saw some fiction - Taras Bulba by Gogol @78, saw something by Pushkin a bit later..."

I deleted these plus several other novels.


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