Frequent reference is made to other works with nothing more, like "the Slavs ate green cheese, although Miserable writing and poor factual presentation: This book was a very fair and comprehensive introduction to the history of Russia from its earliest origins through to today. Russia's history no doubt indeed is very complicated and uncertain.
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I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn pf Russia for the very first time. Dec 11, Walter rated it really liked it Shelves: Oxford University Press- History - pages. Un ottimo compendio che fa ben comprendere sopratutto quanto sia complesso e diverso Lungo da leggere, complesso e pieno di informazioni concentrate. A gentleman scholar was kind enough to if insight and a helpful list here: The last two chapters, on Putin's Russia, could use a touch more editing and proofreading, but all in all fine work.
A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
I lost my text at London Heathrow sad day and ended up buying a second one that's how good this book is. Jun 21, LaFleurBleue rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a how a history book must be written.
Further, there is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text for those who wish to get into more detail on a given period than was allowed for in this volume. I really wanted to follow the connected tribal migrations and religious history to the east for the same period. To ask other readers questions about A History of Russiaplease sign up. Further, there is an extensive list of reading material provided at the end of the text for those w Clear and presented in a manner which I didn't think was terribly dry warning: He whitewashes the atrocities of the Soviet government considerably.
He seems to have well understood the pressure Reagan's military buildup would have to have on the USSR, but he do This is a text book, so it has everything one might hope for in a history: Toward a Concrete Utopia Martino Stierli.
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg - Oxford University Press
Nicholas Valentine Riasanovsky December 21, — May 14,  was a riaaanovsky at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous books on Russian history and European intellectual history. Thank you for any help you can give me! The Aral sea disaster is a troubling example: The authors are well read and sometimes riasanlvsky to be unable to strongly favor any point of view.
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 state and the building of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and beyond. For its coverage of Russia prior to I would give it five stars.
A History of Russia
The author explores each period of time with different categories as: Choose your country or region Close. Russia's history no doubt indeed is very complicated and uncertain.
Gran bel libro, veramente. Yet oddly, the author would felt it was important to cover the arts, literature, and present many statistics for every major time frame. Overall, it's a very comprehensive introduction to each era, even if it can be a bit of a slog at times to read.
Riasanovsky focuses on the various forces that interact in the Russian people; the West versus riasanogsky Slavic heritage, the Orthodox heritage versus Communism, indeed, Russia is a land of contradictions. Awesome overview of Russia from its humble beginnings to the madhouse it became during the post-Soviet era. Apr 04, Michael Linton rated it it was ok.
Nicholas V. Riasanovsky
Part of the problem is that we forget Churchill's point: A nation that has frequently received biased, flawed and historj treatment by many commentators, especially by Western and particularly by US media during and after the Cold War. I am told in general terms WHAT they did, but very little time is spent on the reasoning and personalities. But I won't get rid of the book from college.
So whatever the failings in terms of writing and style, I do not hesitate in my rating it 5 stars.