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Published: 29 March 2012

176 Pages | 15 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199580989

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Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

Geoffrey Hosking

Very Short Introductions

  • Examines Russian history in an impartial way, arguing that 'Good Russia' and 'Bad Russia' are one and the same
  • Puts into context the difficulties Russia faces in terms of the size of its territory, its ability to rule the masses, its diverse population, and its harsh and vulnerable environment
  • Gives attention to the important individuals in Russian history; from Peter the Great and Catherine II to Lenin and Stalin
  • Considers Russia's relationship with the West and Europe
  • Examines the Soviet experience and the post-Soviet era