A History of Russia has ratings and 52 reviews. WarpDrive said: RUSSIA Russia. A complex and fascinating history, a rich culture with many a contr. 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. Riasanovsky’s opus is a fairly straightforward attempt at a comprehensive history of Russia.

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A History of Russia (Nicholas Riasanovsky) – book review

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

My library Help Advanced Book Search. A country that saw the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but also whose advancements in mathematics, science, and space exploration have been many and significant a mural in Pripyat ghost town, Chernobyl, is displayed below: Russia’s history no doubt indeed is very riasanovksy and uncertain.

I would also like to have seen the sections covering the life of the Russian Orthodox Church hisgory, though this might reflect my own interests more than any insufficiency on the part of the authors.

Jennifer Hawran Forgot to mention that this is referring to the 11th edition of this book.

See 2 questions about A History of Russia…. The authors did a very good job of remaining impartial even when approaching highly controversial subjects, such as the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine; they were nearly always careful to provide both or more perspectives on such contentious issues. This is probably the best history “textbook” I’ve ever read. Specializing in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, his many books include Voices of Revolution, and Proletarian Imagination: It is very comprehensive, covering not only the rulers but also explains the economic, cultural and hixtory scene.

This book is not yet featured russoa Listopia. It must also be said, though, that as this book is just an overview even though it is a page oneit will probably leave all readers who happen to have prior detailed knowledge of Russian history quite unsatisfied; but I must also highlight that I found it remarkable how much information the authors managed to pack into a single volume.


Choose your country or region Close. For sentimental reasons, I guess. I also appreciated that the authors did not limit the book to purely political events, but that a praiseworthy effort has been made to also represent the more social, cultural and even psychological aspects. Toon meer Toon minder. Overall, I can say that I recommend this book as a worthwhile starting place for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Russia.

It’s well indexed and comes with useful appendixes for references, e. There rissia actually two versions of this book.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Paul Bushkovitch Cambridge Concise Histories 24, One version is the “complete” version, and the other version is the book is in two volumes Apr 04, Michael Linton rated it it was ok.

Clear and presented in a manner which I didn’t think was terribly dry warning: The authors are well read and sometimes Now I have an idea of what blanks I want to fill in. The Aral sea disaster is a troubling example: Riasanovsky’s profound analysis seems to be stulted considerably when he discusses the Soviet Union. With all the recent activity in Ukraine and Crimea,the history of Russia deserves another opportunity to be read it again.

Watching Russian history since then, as Putin has consolidated power and lf a new elite to crystallize from the robber barons, I have often been grateful for the context provided by this book and the courses I took with it.

One of my undergraduate history texts for the history of Russia.

The version I read was the 4th which ends in 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 the present. I wanted a book that was comprehensive on the history of Russia, understandable by a layman that did not know much about it beforehand, not too boring to be able to go through the end, not too full of references to other famous historian works.


I’m not sure why this is. So whatever the failings in terms of writing and style, I do not hesitate in my rating it 5 stars. Dec 02, Ratratrat rated it liked it Shelves: That means the writer could not know how certain things would turn out, and makes many of his claims easy to evaluate. If Stalinism represented deep winter, the entire period since the death of the supreme dictator might be designated as the thaw.

Riasanovsky and Antonina Riasanovskya novelist. I wanted a chronological survey, and I got a decent one.

So from me – a big thumbs up. In the family moved to the United States of America, where his father taught at the University of Oregonand his mother’s work The Familyabout the life of a Russian community in a Chinese city, received The Atlantic Monthly Prize for fiction in While aptly criticizing t Comprehensive and sweeping as the Steppe, Riasanovsky clearly demonstrates his knowledge of the history of Russia.

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Reviews Schrijf een review. For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job.

I was after a one-volume comprehensive overview, an university textbook that, in an academically appropriate way and in a nuanced and unbiased manner, would help me improve my knowledge of the fascinating Russian history, in particular histor the Pre-Soviet period. It also introduces the key historical approaches and explains the issues surrounding certain sources. View all 8 comments. Oct 30, Eric rated it it was amazing.