Nicholas V. Riasanovsky A History of Russia

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A History of Russia

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Revised and expanded to cover the initiation of glasnost and perestroika in 1985, the resignation of Gorbachev in 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the events of 1992, the most authoritative, readable, and well-balanced history of Russia is now more timely than ever.
Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey available, written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, Riasanovsky's History has for years been the consistent choice of scholars, students, and general readers alike. Drawing on both primary sources and major interpretive works, including those by Soviet historians, it paints a rich portrait of each period of Russian and Soviet history through ample coverage of social, economic, and cultural developments, as well as political and military history. Riasanovsky also offers unusually balanced treatment of historiographical issues, stating his own position on points of contention and presenting in turn contrasting viewpoints, allowing readers to form their own judgments.
With an important new chapter on the Gorbachev period and the breakup of the Soviet Union, and a fully updated bibliography, Riasanovsky's History remains a cornerstone of the literature, the most comprehensive and reliable guide to the main themes of Russian history.

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Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of European History, University of California, Berkeley.

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"I have used Riasanovsky's History of Russia for over 25 years in my Russian History classes. Although I have experimented with other texts, I have always returned to Riasanovsky for its excellent narrative, balance and objectivity. It is excellent."--Carl H. Wilson, Saint John's Prep School

"Best one-volume history of Russia available in English."--Robert H. Hewsen, Rowan University

"The only choice in a one-volume history of Russia."--Scott W. Palmer, Western Illinois University

"Very scholarly and thorough, like earlier editions."--Gregory Sandford, Principia College

"The value of this text lies not only in its unstinting accuracy and wide scope, but also its remarkable flexibility. Its judicious and economical approach to a wide variety of themes in Russian history make it suitable for adoption for any number of courses on the subject."--W. Arthur McKee, American University

"A well balanced text, eminently readable for undergraduates. It also includes recent materials (i.e., from the Gorbachev and Yeltsin eras)."--Emmett A. Shea, Worcester State College

"It does everything that an excellent textbook should, challenging the student-reader to think about complex historical situations while at the same time making that complexity manageable."--Robert S. Babcock, Hastings College

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