Russia in World History

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Oxford University Press, 1 мая 2015 г. - Всего страниц: 176
Over the course of twelve centuries, Russia's peoples overcame the constant challenges posed by geography, climate, availability of natural resources, and devastating foreign invasions to become the world's second largest land empire and the largest in modern history. This energetic introduction to Russia's history follows the development of local tribes into a federation of principalities centered at Kiev, the shift of power to Moscow and the centralization of the state, and Russia's pursuit of imperial ambitions. It examines the circumstances that led to the foundation of the world's first communist society in 1917, and traces the global consequences of Russia's extensive confrontation with the United States. Russia's arduous and costly climb to great power gains a personal dimension through the stories of individual women and men-pivotal figures as well as common people-illuminating the human consequences of sweeping historical change. Peoples of many ethnicities became part of the Russian empire and suffered or benefitted from its leaders' efforts to meld a multiethnic polity into a coherent political entity. This book examines how Russia served as a conduit for people, ideas, and commodities - owing between east and west, north and south and how it came to play an increasingly important role on a global scale.

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Editors Preface
The Formation and Development of Muscovy 1240
The Petrine Revolution 16891725
The Triumph of Empire 17251855
Reform and Revolution 18551905
Wars and Revolutions 19051945
Cold War and the Collapse of Communism 1945
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Barbara Alpern Engel is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Mothers and Daughters: Women of the Intelligentsia in Nineteenth Century Russia; Between the Fields and the City: Women, Work and Family in Russia; Women in Russia: 1700-2000; and Breaking the Ties that Bound: The Politics of Marital Strife in Late Imperial Russia. Janet Martin is Professor Emerita of History at the University of Miami. She is the author of Treasure of the Land of Darkness: the Fur Trade and its Significance for Medieval Russia and Medieval Russia, 980-1584.

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