Russian and Soviet History

Russian and Soviet History
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From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461643180
Veröffentl:
2008
Seiten:
306
Autor:
Steven A. Usitalo
eBook Typ:
EPUB
eBook Format:
Reflowable
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

An original and thought-provoking textRussian and Soviet History uses noteworthy themes and important events from Russian history to spark classroom discussion. Consisting of twenty essays written by experts in each area, the book showcases current thinking on Russian cultural, political, economic, and social history from the sixteenth century to the demise of the Soviet "experiment." Informed by both archival work and published sources, this text introduces students to Russian history in an accessible and provocative format, and its eclectic essays offer readers an incomparable taste of the complexity and richness of Russia.
An original and thought-provoking text, Russian and Soviet History uses noteworthy themes and important events from Russian history to spark classroom discussion. Consisting of twenty essays written by experts in each area, the book does not simply repeat the conventional themes found in nearly all Russian history texts, anthologies, and documentary compilations. Rather, it showcases current thinking on Russian cultural, political, economic, and social history from the end of the sixteenth century to the demise of the Soviet "experiment."

Informed by archival work in the former Soviet Union and a broad range of published sources, this book is intended to introduce students to Russian history in an accessible and provocative format. Its eclectic essays offer readers an incomparable taste of the complexity and richness of Russia as it has evolved from late Muscovy to the modern era. This text is perfect for undergraduate and graduate students in Russian history and is a great resource for scholars in the field.

Contributions by: Sergei Arutiunov, Richard Bidlack, Kees Boterbloem, James Cracraft, Chester S. L. Dunning, Colum Leckey, Alexander M. Martin, Susan P. McCaffray, Martha Merritt, Patrick O'Meara, Scott W. Palmer, Jelena Pogosjan, Thomas E. Porter, Ana Siljak, Douglas Smith, William Taubman, Steven A. Usitalo, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Rex A. Wade, and William Benton Whisenhunt
Introduction: The Seventeenth Century
Chapter 1: The Disturbing Legacy of the Time of Troubles
Chester S. L. Dunning
Part I: The Russian Eighteenth Century
Chapter 2: The Revolution of Peter the Great

James Cracraft
Chapter 3: Masks and Masquerade at the Court of Elizabeth Petrovna (1741–1742)

Jelena Pogosjan
Chapter 4: Russia's "First" Scientist: The (Self-)Fashioning of Mikhail Lomonosov

Steven A. Usitalo
Chapter 5: Andrei Bolotov: Portrait of an Enlightened Seigneur

Colum Leckey
Chapter 6: Did Catherine the Great and Grigorii Potemkin Wed? Some Myths, Facts, and Observations on Secret Royal Marriages

Douglas Smith
Part II: The Russian Nineteenth Century
Chapter 7: The Invention of "Russianness" in the Late Eighteenth–Early Nineteenth Century

Alexander M. Martin
Chapter 8: Starts and Stops: The Development of Official Diplomatic Relations between Russia and the United States

William Benton Whisenhunt
Chapter 9: The Decembrist Pavel Pestel and the Roots of Russian Republicanism

Patrick O'Meara
Chapter 10: Economic Backwardness in Geographical Perspective: Russia's Nineteenth Century

Susan P. McCaffray
Chapter 11: The Trial of Vera Zasulich

Ana Siljak
Chapter 12: The
Zemstvo in Late Imperial Russia: Social and Political Change in the Countryside

Thomas E. Porter
Part III: Soviet Russia
Chapter 13: Popular Aspirations, the New Politics, and the October Revolution

Rex A. Wade
Chapter 14: The Jewish Question in the Soviet Union, 1917–1953

Jeffrey Veidlinger
Chapter 15: Aviation Cinema in Stalin's Russia: Conformity, Collectivity, and the Conflict with Fascism

Scott W. Palmer
Chapter 16: Political Loyalties in Leningrad During the "Great Patriotic War"

Richard Bidlack
Chapter 17: Empire Besieged: Postwar Politics (1945–1953)

Kees Boterbloem
Chapter 18: Khrushchev: The Impact of Personality on Politics

William Taubman
Chapter 19: Late-Soviet Prerequisites for Post-Soviet Disasters: Reflections

Sergei Arutiunov
Chapter 20: Gorbachev and the Soviet Collapse: Stirrings of Accountable Government?

Martha Merritt

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