A Companion to Russian History

Author(s): Abbott Gleason

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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 CanadaAnalyzes 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 RussiaOffers an extensive review of the medieval period, religion, culture, and the experiences of ordinary peopleOffers a balanced review of both traditional and cutting-edge topics, demonstrating the range and dynamism of the field

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"As a companion for a journey across Russian history, this book is entertaining, clever and varied, brilliant at its best, and able to speak simultaneously and with authority to all kinds of students, general readers and specialists. Yet it has an eclectic air about it." ("Slavonic and East European Review", 2 April 2011)"Read from cover to cover, "A Companion to Russian History" will be of enormous value to those who teach survey courses in Russian history, to graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams in Russian history, or simply anyone who wants to get current with trends in the field." ("The Russian Review", 2010)."..Recommended as an up-to-date and well written guide to many important issues in Russian history, likely to be useful to everyone from senior school pupils to scholars seeking guidance in unfamiliar fields." ("Reviews in History", April 2010)

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 from 2000-2001. 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.

Notes on Contributors x


1 Russian Historiography after the Fall 1 Abbott Gleason


PART I RUS : THE EARLY EAST SLAVIC WORLD 15


2 From "Proto-Slavs" to Proto-State 17 P. M. Barford


3 The First East Slavic State 34 Janet Martin


4 Rus and the Byzantine Empire 51 George Majeska


5 The Mongols and Rus : Eight Paradigms 66 Donald Ostrowski


PART II TO MUSCOVY AND BEYOND 87


6 Muscovite Political Culture 89 Nancy Shields Kollmann


7 Slavery and Serfdom in Russia 105 Richard Hellie


8 Russian Art from the Middle Ages to Modernism 121 Ilia A. Dorontchenkov (translated by Abbott Gleason)


9 The Church Schism and Old Belief 145 Nadieszda Kizenko


PART III THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE 163


10 Petrine Russia 165 Lindsey Hughes


11 The Westernization of the Elite, 1725 1800 180 Gary Marker


12 The "Great Reforms" of the 1860s 196 Daniel Field


13 Industrialization and Capitalism 210 Thomas C. Owen


14 The Question of Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia 225 Christopher Ely


15 Russia: Minorities and Empire 243 Robert Geraci


16 The Intelligentsia and its Critics 261 Gary Saul Morson


17 Russian Modernism 279 Andrew Wachtel


18 Russia's Popular Culture in History and Theory 295 Louise McReynolds


19 The Russian Experience of the First World War 311 Melissa Stockdale


PART IV THE SOVIET UNION 335


20 From the First World War to Civil War, 1914 - 1923 337 Mark von Hagen


21 The Woman Question in Russia: Contradictions and Ambivalence 353 Elizabeth A. Wood


22 Stalinism and the 1930s 368 Lynne Viola


23 The Soviet Union in the Second World War 386 Nikita Lomagin (translated by Melissa Stockdale and Abbott Gleason)


24 The Cold War 414 David C. Engerman


25 Old Thinking and New: Khrushchev and Gorbachev 429 Robert English


26 The End of the Soviet Union 451 Robert V. Daniels


PART V WHITHER RUSSIA? 471


27 Russia's Post-Soviet Upheaval 473 Bruce Parrott


28 Russian History and the Future of Russia 490 William E. Odom


Index 505

General Fields

  • : 9781118730003
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Limited
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : December 2013
  • : 246mm X 171mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2014
  • : books

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  • : Abbott Gleason
  • : Paperback
  • : English
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