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Distinguished Professor Emeritus Abraham Ascher offers a skillful blend of engaging narrative and fresh analysis in this concise introduction to Russian history.

Newly updated on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, it covers the growing political tensions between Russia and its neighbors and the mounting divergence between Russian and US foreign policies. This stimulating and beautifully written introduction will prove enlightening for students, scholars, and travelers alike.

©2009 Abraham Ascher (P)2017 Tantor

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"A coherent account of Russia's vibrant history, explaining the complex story of Russian development with great clarity. Vividly illuminates Russia's past and shows how it has contributed to its troubled present." (Peter Waldron, professor of modern history, University of East Anglia)

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  • 11-11-17

Excellent concise history

This book focuses on big ideas: movements, leaders, culture. It covers 1000 years in just 10 hours! This is just what I was looking for, a concise introduction to this rich, relevant, enormous country. The author helps give context to events, while appropriately noting that sometimes one can't simplify or distill down complex events. There are just enough anecdotes to help you relate to the people, while not focusing on any one particular era or event too long. I ended up slowing it down to 90% because it moves pretty fast. But the reader did an excellent job.

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