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Russia and the Soviet Union (6TH 08 - Old Edition)


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This lucid account of Russian and Soviet history presents major trends and events from ancient Kievan Rus to Vladimir Putins presidency of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated, Russia and the Soviet Union does not shy away from controversial topics, including the impact of the Mongol conquest, the paradoxes of Peter the Great, the “inevitability” of the 1917 Revolution, the Stalinist terror, and the Gorbachev reform effort. The sixth edition includes a new chapter on Vladimir Putin, additional treatment of social and foreign policy issues, and an updated chapter on post-Soviet Russia and the Yeltsin era. Distinguished by its brevity and amply supplemented with useful maps, illustrations, photos, and suggested readings, this essential text provides balanced coverage of all periods of Russian history and incorporates economic, social, and cultural developments as well as politics and foreign policy.


1. Ancient Russia and the Kievan State

2. Russia Divided and Conquered, 1054–1462

3. Moscow and “the Gathering of the Russian Lands,” 1328–1533

4. Ivan the Terrible and the Time of Troubles, 1533–1618

5. The Molding of Russian Society, 1613–1689

6. Peter the Great and Westernization, 1689–1725

7. Change and Continuity, 1725–1801

8. Power, Backwardness, and Creativity, 1801–1855

9. Reform, Reaction, and Modernization, 1855–1904

10. Revolution, Reform, and War, 1904–1917

11. Revolution, Civil War, and the Founding of Soviet Society, 1917–1928

12. The Second Revolution, the Stalinist System, and World War II, 1928–1946

13. The Soviet Union as a Superpower: Change, Stagnation, and “Cold War,” 1946–1984

14. The Gorbachev “Revolution” and the Collapse of the Soviet Union, 1983–1991

15. The “New” Russia in the Post-Soviet Era 1991–2000

16. Putins Paradoxes

Book News Annotation:

This summary of Russian and Soviet history is now available in a sixth edition that includes new chapters on Vladimir Putin, new advances in foreign policy and a revised entry on the Yeltsin era. Thompson (Midcoast Senior College, Maine) begins with the Mongol conquest of Russia and the Kievan State and moves quickly through Russian history, discussing how the history of the region was shaped by individuals such as Peter the Great, Stalin and Gorbachev. Plenty of maps, illustrations and photographs are included in this book, which is aimed toward undergraduate students of international history. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


This balanced and succinct presentation covers the entire expanse of Russian history from the first Kievan states (800 a.d.) to the present day Putin era.

About the Author

John M. Thompson, a graduate of Columbias Russian Institute, taught history at Indiana University for seventeen years and was a distinguished visiting professor at the US Air Force Academy and the Air War College. He currently teaches Russian and world history at Midcoast Senior College in Maine.

Product Details

An Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present
Thompson, John M.
Westview Press
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Eastern Europe - General
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Europe - Former Soviet Republics
Soviet Union History.
Kievan Rus History.
Russia-General Russian History
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