A History of Russia and Its Empire: From Mikhail Romanov to Vladimir Putin

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This clear and focused text provides an introduction to imperial Russian and Soviet history from the crowning of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 to Vladimir Putin’s new term. Through a consistent chronological narrative, Kees Boterbloem considers the political, military, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments and crucial turning points that led Russia from an exotic backwater to superpower stature in the twentieth century. The author assesses the tremendous price paid by those who made Russia and the Soviet Union into such a hegemonic power, both locally and globally. He considers the complex and varied interactions between Russians and non-Russians and investigates the reasons for the remarkable longevity of this last of the colonial powers, whose dependencies were not granted independence until 1991. He explores the ongoing legacies of this fraught decolonization process on the Russian Federation itself and on the other states that succeeded the Soviet Union. The only text designed and written specifically for a one-semester course on this four-hundred-year period, it will appeal to all readers interested in learning more about the history of the people who have inhabited one-sixth of the earth’s landmass for centuries.

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Kees Boterbloem is professor of history at the University of South Florida and editor of The Historian.

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In a concise and readable account of the past four centuries of 'Russia' (the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and today's Russian Federation), Boterbloem skillfully condenses a rich and complex history into a lucid narrative accessible to undergraduate students. Highly recommended. (Hiroaki Kuromiya, Indiana University Bloomington)

Kees Boterbloem has produced a long-needed one-volume text on modern Russian history. He expertly intertwines the different strands of Russian history that show how Russia went from relative obscurity to one of the world's superpowers. This text is clear, concise, and accessible to a broad audience. It is ideal for a one-semester survey of modern Russian history. Highly recommended! (William Benton Whisenhunt, coeditor, Russian and Soviet History: From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union)

Boterbloem provides a succinct introductory survey of Russian history from the foundation of the Romanov Dynasty in 1613 to the beginning of Vladimir Putin's third term as president of the Russian Federation in 2012. The author emphasizes the role of important leaders and the rapid growth of the multiethnic Russian Empire. Boterbloem explores continuity and change from the Russian Empire to the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation, arguing that a general absence of a rule of law or a frequent ignoring of existing laws by leaders and commoners alike was a similar phenomenon in all three states. The work is quite appropriate for undergraduate courses, especially those seeking to cover Russian and Soviet history in one semester. Most useful for students and instructors are a 20-page time line and lists at the end of each chapter of relevant translated primary source readings, secondary scholarly selections, websites, and films. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections. (CHOICE)

This book is a fine introductory survey of Russian history, designed for one-semester university courses. The volume covers all key events in the history of Russia from the seventeenth century to the present day. . . .The book provides a chronology of events, has an index of names and terms, many maps, and unique photographs. All of this m kes it very convenient for student learning. The volume can be interesting for anybody looking for a comprehensive, concise Russian history. (The Russian Review)

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