A Companion to Russian History (Blackwell Companions to World History)

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This companion comprises 28 essays by international scholars offering an analytical overview of the development of Russian history from the earliest Slavs through to the present day.

  • Includes essays by both prominent and emerging scholars from Russia, Great Britain, the US, and Canada
  • Analyzes the entire sweep of Russian history from debates over how to identify the earliest Slavs, through the Yeltsin Era, and future prospects for post-Soviet Russia
  • Offers an extensive review of the medieval period, religion, culture, and the experiences of ordinary people
  • Offers a balanced review of both traditional and cutting-edge topics, demonstrating the range and dynamism of the field

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, substantial changes have transformed the way historians have interpreted Russia’s past. This companion provides an overview of Russian history, from the earliest appearance of the Slavs in history to the present day. It features 28 provocative essays written by both prominent and emerging international scholars covering major problems in Russia’s history.

The book is structured chronologically, yet reflects the weight of interest in Russia’s recent history by giving its greatest coverage to the twentieth century. It offers a balanced review of both traditional and cutting-edge topics, demonstrating the range and dynamism of the field.

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Abbott Gleason is Keeney Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University, where he has served as Chairman of the History Department and Director of the Watson Institute. In 1995 he served as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. In 1980-82 he was Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC and was subsequently chosen Chairman of its Board of Advisers.

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