A Concise History Of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
  • A Concise History Of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
  • A Concise History Of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
  • A Concise History Of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories)
ISBN: 0521543231
EAN13: 9780521543231
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 31, 2011
Pages: 518
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Accessible to students, tourists, and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art, and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Mendeleev in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system, and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.

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5
   Engaging read!
This is one of the most interesting and amusing histories I have ever read. Although the author infuses his writing with no sensationalism or emotional subjectivism, he knows how to change a phrase in a way that leaves the reader eager to see what happens next. History binds very cohesively and reads like a story together. I plan to read this whole book again, just for pleasure. Note that this is not like a typical textbook. There are no bolded terms, no chapter outlines, no supplementary timelines of important events, etc.
 
4
   a very good addition to one's collection of books on Russia
I find this history book a very good supplement to the more detailed Orlando Figes - histories I have already purchased and read. You don 't need to read it cover to cover at one go, but it is full of well researched information that you can refer as needed at will or review. For those who are only beginning their studies of russian history, it is a very clear and easy read that takes you from the founding of Russia as a country all the way to modern times and the Stalinist period. A good basic book to add to your library, and excellent for those who travel there.
 
5
   Great read
I enjoyed this book very much ''. It is also a great guide to reading further. The sections on the Russian culture through the ages have been very much appreciated. These sections are often neglected in extended histories spanning such concise periods of time.
 
4
   Good overall history with some redundancy
This book provides a basic good-grounding in Russian history from the medieval period until the beginning of the Putin era. The author appears to be the strongest in covering the last 150 years, though his interpretation of Russian history seems more as a tragic and sympathetic place than other historians. The only noticeable shortcoming is the significant redundancy in covering events in a chapter, as part of a history of culture in another chapter, and as part of some specific political or economic development in another chapter. This is awkward for a reader who completes the work in order, but is likely a concession to the needs of university research projects.
 
5
   TO THE POINT
As an undergraduate, I took a strong minor in Russian history, especially in the world's history. However, as with many things with time, my grasp of Russian history has faded. I purchased this great history as a review to support my post-retirement infatuation with Concise Russian literature. And it did so far beyond my expectations. I use it as a handy reference, as I read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Pasternak, etc. Concerning Pasternak, I found A Concise history of the Russian Revolution to be a useful supplement to Dr Zhivago. There are some Russian words that baffle me when they are anglicized, so I keep my smartphone internet handy. I recommend this text to anyone seeking an understanding of a millennium of deep history without the time or inclination to delve into its RusRussian scholarship.
 
3
   Thorough, Not Easy to Read
Indeed, Bushkovich gives a concise history of Russia. For example, on many occasions, I wished for more detail the Crimea War. But in fairness to the author, covering a thousand years or so of history is no simple task - many details will end up on the cutting room floor. I also found reading difficult with a prose that I would describe as awkward, with many runs on sentences. Lastly, rather than the few grainy black and white photos, I would have much preferred maps, as many places like Port Arthur and Harbin are not commonly known.
 
5
   An essential history
Bushkovitch's complex history of Russia is a primer for beginning a study of this enormously concise history. Readers new to Russian history will find discoveries on almost every page, and those acquainted with Russia will find reminders of deep connections and resonances. Written without pretense in clear prose. The Orthodox Church of Russia has a sense of apartness and place, which has influenced the culture and sense of self of the region. The collision between modern Europe and Russian values had lasting consequences.
 
4
   Mistakes
On page 447, the author writes that after Lenin, Grobachev was the only Soviet leader with a university degree. Yet it is not true Chernenko, Brezhnev had higher education, Andropov spent 4 years at the uni and didn 't graduate due to the relocation. It was a disappointment that the book, written in such a beautiful style, contains mistakes.
 
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