Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from the origins of the Kievan . 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. A History of Russia Nicholas Riasanovsky; The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias W. Bruce Lincoln; Twentieth Century Russia Donald W. Treadgold;.

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Straddling between Asia and Europe, but with strong ties to European culture and history, as repeatedly stressed in history by many Russian leaders like Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, but also by recent leaders riasanoovsky as Putin, who declared in It is one of the most poorly written history books I have ever read.

On the penultimate page p.

A country with beautiful architecture, with fairy-tale churches like the one at Kizhi Pogost 37 meters of indescribable beauty, 22 domes reaching out for the sky, built of wood and without using a single nail or the famous and strikingly beautiful St. The latter was in its eighth edition in now co-authored with Mark D. After reading this book and digesting the overview it provides, one can then dig a bit deeper into the more thorough treatments of more specific topics, a great deal of which they authors list in their extensive bibliography.

The Aesthetics of Loss Claudia Siebrecht. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since explore Russia’s complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future. Gran bel libro, veramente. Other strengths include its political history, its discussion of historiographical debates, and its attempt to combine political, cultural, economic, and social history.


Academic Skip to main content. Insomma, una bellissima presentazione della storia e della cultura russa, con spunti per ulteriori approfondimenti.

A History of Russia – Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg – Oxford University Press

The book narrative is easy and difficult in some parts,but the author explains every major aspect in detail. He is the author of several books, including A Parting of Ways: To me as a reader, it was a great experience. I lost my text at London Heathrow sad day and ended up buying a second one that’s how good this book is.

Widely acclaimed as the best one-volume survey text available, A History of Russia presents the whole span of Russia’s history, from rriasanovsky origins of the Kievan state and the building of an empire, riasanvsky Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond. I’m nerdy about historyI found this to be everything I wanted in an initial foray into Russian history.

Never underestimate the power of a good textbook, especially in the face of a poor lecturer. For an overview of Russian history, from Kievan Rus to the post-communist rule of Vladimir Putin, this book does a good job. Frequent reference is made to other works with nothing more, like “the Slavs ate green cheese, njcholas Miserable writing and poor factual presentation: Dec 11, Walter rated it really liked it Shelves: So from me – a big thumbs up.

From to Riasanovsky taught at the University of Iowa. It is very comprehensive, covering not only the rulers but also explains the economic, cultural and social scene.

A History of Russia – Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky – Google Books

Dec 02, Ratratrat rated it liked it Shelves: Pagine interessantissime, seppur stringate, sulla letteratura russa or Gran bel libro, veramente. Thanks to Riasanovsky the terrain became more and more understandable. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I suggest you look elsewhere for Russian history. One of my undergraduate history texts for the history of Russia. Since this covers hundreds of years, it cannot go into great detail for many of major events.

This nichollas during the Andropov-Chernenko transition–however, fails to draw the Russian authoritarian through-line: The New York Times. It’s pages long and covers the history of Russia since the beginning of time. Basil Cathedral in Moscow and also with beautiful examples of Soviet architecture: One doesn’t get much of a sense of what life was like at a given time.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books riasankvsky want to read. The genealogical tree of the Russian rulers at the end of the book also helped me enormously the version I read is the Eight Edition, published in by Oxford University Press. With all the russua activity in Ukraine and Crimea,the history of Russia deserves another opportunity to be read it again. HardcoverSixth Editionpages.

A History of Russia

Reading this for university. The latest edition demonstrates why Risanovsky’s and Steinberg’s text remains the standard for undergraduate Russian history courses. From until his retirement in he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and published Nicholas I and Official Nationality in Russia and his best-selling A History hiwtory Russia Riasanovsky and Antonina Riasanovskya novelist.