Through the centuries, Russia has swung between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse and spectacular recovery.
This illuminating history traces these cycles from the late Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russian Federation of today.
The narrative takes in the magnificent cities of Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg, and stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire in the south, to the Baltic in the west and to the Arctic Ocean in the north, asking what the future holds for Russia and her neighbours.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, 16pp plus maps
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 13/07/2006
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780719565830
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Review by sloopjonb
This is an insidious book, that fools you for quite a while into thinking it is an interesting and readable history ... bit pro-Russian for objectivity, perhaps ... and then whammo, suddenly you realise you are in fact reading total garbage. Possibly if I'd known more about Russian history before 1800 I would have spotted it earlier. My bad. This piece of crud could have been written by Vladimir Putin's propaganda department, and I'm not wholly convinced it wasn't. Do not cast ths book aside lightly - throw it, with great force, into the nearest waste bin.