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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4.02 avg rating — 10,994 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 6,639 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 2,537 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 3,209 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 3,405 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 999 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 795 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 698 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 3,253 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 1,468 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 11,265 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 336 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 6,346 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 12,367 ratings
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25

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3.89 avg rating — 474 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 2,946 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 2,715 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 1,029 ratings
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29

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4.04 avg rating — 1,581 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 1,479 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,226 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 1,309 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 2,557 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 4,414 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 935 ratings
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3.50 avg rating — 167 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 3,077 ratings
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38

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4.26 avg rating — 623 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 1,513 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 781 ratings
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41

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3.93 avg rating — 247 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 776 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 1,145 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 97,924 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 603 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 255 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 535 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 187 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 398 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 17,026 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 7,306 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 377 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 587 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 4,174 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 842 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 273 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 429 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 516 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 52 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 1,970 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 919 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 161 ratings
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4.54 avg rating — 1,659 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 189 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 308 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 3,778 ratings
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4.56 avg rating — 348 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 471 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 371 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 442 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 710 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 448 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 871 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 187 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 5,299 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 1,344 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 1,632 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 1,821 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 352 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 1,691 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 12,110 ratings
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3.02 avg rating — 112 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 7,269 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 213 ratings
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3.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 110 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 180 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 77 ratings
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4.50 avg rating — 6 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 898 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 235 ratings
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Zachary 810 books
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Kristine 690 books
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Lianne 5692 books
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Thom 6023 books
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Bettie 15637 books
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Lobstergirl 4906 books
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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.


message 26: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Title change reverted. We know this is a nonfiction-only list, because it says "History" right there in the title.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads This librarian is getting very annoying with this stunt.


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