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A History of Russia

Ninth Edition

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky and Mark D. Steinberg

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780190645588

752 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced survey of Russian history


Now extensively revised in this ninth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country's history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. 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. In the ninth edition, this includes expanded attention to the experiences of ordinary men and women and to imperial expansion and diversity. Extensively revised and with a more streamlined organization, A History of Russia, Ninth Edition, includes recent developments in Ukraine and Russia's near abroad in the Putin era.

New to this Edition

  • Every chapter has been extensively revised to reflect new scholarship on all periods, many with new chapter titles that reflect these changes
  • Updated coverage of Russian history in the era of Putin
  • The text has been streamlined to allow for a smoother narrative flow and sharper focus on key historical developments
  • Five new photos and a new two-page map feature on the shifting borders of Ukraine

About the Author(s)

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky was Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

    New to the Ninth Edition
    Preface to the Ninth Edition

    Part I: Kievan Rus

    1. Introduction: The Lands and Peoples of the Eurasian Plain
    2. A Political Outline, c882-1240
    3. Institutions, Economy, Society
    4. Religion and Culture

    Part II: Appanage Russia

    5. Introduction
    6. Mongol Rule
    7. Lord Novgorod the Great
    8. The Southwest and the Northeast
    9. The Rise of Moscow
    10. Institutions, Economy, Society
    11. Religion and Culture
    12. Lithuania, Poland, and Russia

    Part III: Muscovite Russia

    13. Ivan the Terrible, 1533-84
    14. The Time of Troubles
    15. The Early Romanovs, 1613-82
    16. Institutions, Economy, Society
    17. Religion and Culture

    Part IV: Imperial Russia

    18. Peter the Great, 1682-1725
    19. From Peter the Great to Catherine the Great, 1725-1762
    20. Catherine the Great, 1762-96, and Paul, 1796-1801
    21. Economy and Society in the Eighteenth Century
    22. Russian Culture in the Eighteenth Century
    23. Alexander I, 1801-25
    24. Nicholas I, 1825-55
    25. Economy and Society before the Great Reforms
    26. Russian Culture in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
    27. Alexander II, 1855-81
    28. Alexander III, 1881-94, and Nicholas II to the Revolution of 1905
    29. Nicholas II in the Era of Revolution and Reform, 1905-17
    30. Economy and Society from the Great Reforms to 1917
    31. Russian Culture from the Great Reforms to 1917
    32. The Revolutions of 1917

    Part V: Soviet Russia

    33. Revolutionary Russia, 1917-1928
    34. The Stalin Revolution, 1928-1939
    35. The Soviet Union and the World, 1921-45
    36. Stalin's Last Years, 1945-53
    37. Politics and Economy after Stalin, 1953-85
    38. Soviet Society, 1917-1985
    39. Soviet Culture, 1917-1985
    40. Glasnost, Perestroika, and the End of the Soviet Union, 1985-91

    Part VI: The Russian Federation

    41. Politics after Communism: Yeltsin and Putin
    42. Economy, Society, and Culture after Communism

    Appendix: Russian Rulers A-1
    A Bibliography of Readings in English on Russian History B-1
    Index I-1