Synopses & Reviews
A classic work now back in print for the first time since 1956--and still regarded as one of the groundbreaking books on the subject--this narrative history of Russia was the first to encompass the myth-befogged beginnings of the nation-state, the rise and cataclysmic fall of tsarism, and the Spartan years of the U.S.S.R.
Charques emphasizes three points of view: that autocracy has played a dominant role throughout all of Russian history;that serfdom is the fabric of Russia's social history; and that it is of paramount importance to recognize Russia's present regime under Putin and Medvedev as the latest phase in along history of oppression.
"The most readable and illuminating one-volume treatment of the subject in either English or the Russian language." Maurice Hindus
"This is an extremely important book. In a very short compass and with unfaltering lucidity it offers the general reader the historical background to the Russia which confronts us today. There are plenty of histories of Russia, but there is no short history to compete with this volume. Essential reading for anyone trying to fathom the origins of the Russian state." The Saturday Review
The authoritative short history of Russia, from the mysterious origins of the nation-state to the death of Stalin.
About the Author
R. D. Charques was born in London in 1899. He was best known as a literary critic for the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Times. Charques is also the author of The Soviets and the Next War and Soviet Education. Mr. Charques died in 1959.