Synopses & Reviews
This text has established itself as the best general introduction to Russian history, providing a forceful and highly readable survey from earliest times to the post-Soviet State. At the heart of the book is the changing relationship between the State and Russian society at large. The second edition has been substantially rewritten and updated and new material and fresh insights from recently accessible research have been incorporated into every chapter.
'...an excellent book, which is a first rate guide to anyone embarking on a study of the history of the Soviet Union.'
Journal of Russian Studies
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-381) and index.
Table of Contents
1. The origins of the Russian empire2. The genesis of Russian absolutism3. The prime of the empire4. The great reforms and the development of the revolutionary intelligentsia5. Industrialisation and revolution6. The end of the Russian empire7. 19178. Civil War and the consolidation of Bolshevik power9. Stalin's revolution from above10. World war and cold war11. Stabilisation under Khrushchev and Brezhnev12. Stagnation and decline13. Perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union.14. Epilogue