Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from the origins of the Kievan . Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky (December 21, – May 14, ) was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history and European intellectual history. A History of Russia Nicholas Riasanovsky; The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias W. Bruce Lincoln; Twentieth Century Russia Donald W. Treadgold;.

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The version I read was the 4th which ends in Lists with This Book. Sincehe has been editor of the journal Slavic Review. By peasant cart I fain would haste in nightly darkness, Through the lone wilderness and village desolate, How hospitable shines the sole beam sparkling To me from each poor hut!

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I absolutely loved my history of Russia class, and this was certainly the better of the two required textbooks. I also especially appreciated the authors’ explanations of Russian culture in the various periods and their references to specific pieces of art, poetry, literature, etc.

Interessante, dovrei rileggerlo alla luce di tanti libri letti poi su singoli aspetti. While highly critical of the USSR, he never gives in to anti-Soviet propaganda, often discovering areas in which the Soviet Union z advance or give its people what it wanted.

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A History of Russia by Nicholas V. I suggest you look elsewhere for Russian history. Why, I cannot say; The endless snowy Steppes so silent brooding, In the pine forests Autumn winds pursuing– The flood’s high water on all sides in May.

A well-deserved 5 stars – this is historical writing at its best. Pagine interessantissime, seppur stringate, sulla letteratura russa dal Gran bel libro, veramente. But, it was very challenging to stay engaged with the book. I guess the author wanted to cover every aspect of Russian life. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

HardcoverSixth Editionpages. The last two chapters, on Putin’s Russia, could use a touch more editing and proofreading, but all in all fine work.


Straddling between Asia and Europe, but with strong ties to European culture and history, as repeatedly stressed in history by many Russian leaders like Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, but also by recent leaders such as Putin, who declared in The only issue is that this book should have probably given more weight and focus on the first periods of Russian history, rather than to the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, but I guess that this is a question of personal interests rather than an histort shortcoming of the book and in any case there is only so much nichoolas you can pack into a single book with such a huge scope.

I enjoyed learning a lot. Since this covers hundreds of years, it cannot go riasahovsky great detail for many of major events.

I would recommend buying the latest edition so that you have the most recent events. I loved this book the 4th edition when I was in college. Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Historry history, from the origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond. A History of Russia. The latter was in its eighth edition in now co-authored with Mark D. Slavery After Rome, Alice Rio.

I still have it, I love it that much.

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This is an academic survey and has all the vices and virtues of the rizsanovsky. I would also like to have seen the sections covering the life of the Russian Orthodox Church expanded, though this might reflect riasanovsly own interests more than any insufficiency on the part of the authors. It describes not only the usual progression of kings and wars, but goes into some detail regarding politics – both foreign and domestic – as well as trade, education-levels, social order, literature and the arts as they have shifted through the centuries.

I found all of that and more. It has a good summary of the Decembrists pp. Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume history available, A History of Russia is also available in two split volumes—the first covers early Russia through the nineteenth century and the second ranges from to riazanovsky present. This well-balanced volume covers Russia from prehistory to present, including political, economic, social, and cultural history. To me as a reader, it was a great experience.


On the other hand, this is a rather shallow look at Russian history, barely dipping its toes into the ocean of reasons behind changes, and spending even less time analysing the people involved.

In previous and later chapters of the book, the authors seem to take pains to provide us with a picture of the way the average Russian lived during a given period of Russian history, but their treatment of the average Russian under the Communists is insufficient and incomplete. The thoughts and flow are poorly organized, which the author attempts to correct by using long compound sentences.

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, irasanovsky, and education by publishing worldwide. New to this Edition: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Once I jumped in, I looked forward to reading it every day.

To ask other readers questions about A History of Russiaplease sign up. Lascia da approfondire in particolare il succedersi dei fatti storici particolari guerre, battagliefatti spiccioli che sono solo visti nelle loro conseguenze. Account Options Sign in. Mongolia in the 20th Century: One of my undergraduate history texts for the history of Russia. X happens and then Y happens and professors Z1 and Z2 have such-and-so interpretations, but with almost no quotations from primary sources or detail to give color and improve retention of the material.

Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia’s history—political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural—with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. Reading this for university.