Synopses & Reviews
This book is a concise and comprehensive narrative history of Russia from 980 to 1584. Presenting developments in social and economic areas, as well as in political history, foreign relations, religion and culture, Janet Martin breaks away from the traditional view of Old Russia as a static, immutable culture, and emphasizes the "dynamic" and changing qualities of Russian society. She develops lines of argument that lead to clear conclusions concerning how and why the states and society of the lands of the Rus' assumed the forms and characteristics that they did.
"Janet Martin cuts through the complexities of identity continuity, and discontinuity suggested by the preceding sentence. She presents the history of a single society in which many states evolved over time....Martin's effort to pull it all together has the virtue of engaging and challenging the reader....Most noteworthy is her integration of recent revisionist work that reframes issues such as Kiev's demise, the Mongol's role in Mosow's rise....Historians will appreciate the degree to which the argument is supported by important excurses into society and economy, administrative structures, and ideology and symbolism, and students should enjoy grappling with Martin's argument and with the counterargument that she so fairly and lucidly presents. Martin is to be commended for prodigious work and thoughful synthesis; this book will set the terms of debate for years to come." Nancy Shields Kollmann, American Historical Review"Janet Martin's textbook reflects the results of the best recent scholarship in an accessible form. It ought to be in the library of every serious student of Russian history." Eve Levin, The Historian"Martin presents her analysis in a clear and well-organized style that leaves no doubt as to her conclusions. Her arguments are, in the main, convincing and reflect the author's considerable erudition and wide reading." Thomas S. Noonan, JEMH"Martin sets out her central themes with admirable clarity and balance. She judiciously unravels the debates of the specialists and incorporates the most valuable insights of recent scholarly literature..." Robert O. Crummey, Speculum
This textbook provides a comprehensive, concise analysis of the history of medieval Russia.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 400-423) and index.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; 1. The Era of Vladimir 1; 2. Princes and politics (1015-1125); 3. Kievan Rus' society; 4. Kievan Rus': the final century; 5. The Golden Horde; 6. The Russian lands within the Golden Horde; 7. The Daniilovich ascension; 8. The unification and centralisation of Muscovy; 9. Muscovite domestic consolidation; 10. Foreign policy and foreign trade; 11. Ivan IV the Terrible; 12. Conclusions and controversies; Index.