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Russia: The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin 1 edition

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Through the centuries, Russia has swung sharply between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse, and spectacular recovery. This illuminating history traces these dramatic cycles of boom and bust from the late Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russia of today. Philip Longworth explores the dynamics of Russia’s past through time and space, from the nameless adventurers who first penetrated this vast, inhospitable terrain to a cast of dynamic characters that includes Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Stalin. His narrative takes in the magnificent, historic cities of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire to the south, to the Baltic in the west and to Archangel and the Artic Ocean to the north. Who are the Russians and what is the source of their imperialistic culture? Why was Russia so driven to colonize and conquer? From Kievan Rus’---the first-ever Russian state, which collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century---to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century and finally the Soviet period, this groundbreaking study analyses the growth and dissolution of each vast empire as it gives way to the next. Refreshing in its insight and drawing on a vast range of scholarship, this book also explicitly addresses the question of what the future holds for Russia and her neighbors, and asks whether her sphere of influence is growing. - Publisher.

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Russia
The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin

Published November 28, 2006 by St. Martin's Press .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

The Russians : who are they?
The first Russian state
Reincarnation
The foundations of an empire
Ivan IV and the first imperial expansion
The crash
Recovery
Peter the Great and the breakthrough to the west
Glorious expansion
The romantic age of empire
Descent to destruction
The construction of a juggernaut
The high tide of Soviet imperialism
Autopsy on a deceased empire
Reinventing Russia

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
416
Dimensions
9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Weight
1.6 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9402795M
Internet Archive
russiaoncefuture00long
ISBN 10
031236041X
ISBN 13
9780312360412
OCLC/WorldCat
70630592
Library Thing
2145004
Goodreads
552089

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