The wild cards story collections were created by a group of new mexico science fiction authors, pulled together and edited by game of thrones author george r. Not just for students, academics, or antiquity buffs, our selection of the top u. Hi, i am looking for books about the end of the cccp and the beginning of the yeltsin period. Russia is the largest country by land mass in the world, a status it maintained even after shedding 14 countries when the soviet union dissolved in 1991. In russia, yeltsin has largely been reviled as a drunkard who conceded too easily to western demands. Its a wellresearched, fascinating look at how the soviet union was affected and reacted to the german invasion and the four years of conflict that followed.
Russia drives georgian forces from south ossetia and. As an influx of news comes out about russias potential influence on the u. The period of the renaissance to the present is the bulk of many european history courses in the english language world. Jul 09, 2019 communism takes hold in china and beyond july 1, 1921. The difficulty for any book about russia is how to make the worlds biggest country humansized, and she succeeds by building her story around the lives of a halfdozen people, whose fortunes wax. A chronology of key events in the history of russia, from the 1200s to the present. Its big, packs in a lot, and the single author ties things together better than many multiauthor works. Most russians today consider america their main enemy, and many americans look suspiciously on russias political leadership.
These books are all very relevant to putins russia, though some extend back slightly into yeltsins russia. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the soviet era, providing new conceptions of russias. The ten best history books of 2019 history smithsonian. My goodness, some of these books helped propel the russian revolution. Following the story of galina, a young woman caught up in the criminal lawlessness of postcommunist russia, this novel portrays the underworld of capitalism and its heavy consequences.
Focusing on moscow in the 1990s, the secret history of moscow is a fascinating expose of the dark world of the city. Putin accused of soviet tactics in drafting new history book reuters. If youre interested in wwii, i usually recommend ivans war by catherine merridale. Apr 20, 2016 top 10 books on vladimir putins russia i used fiction to depict the catastrophe that the president has inflicted on russia, but these terrifying stories about him include much nonfiction michael. Here are 12 books that will give you a good foundation to learning about russia and its history. Sep 04, 2005 james meek worked in moscow as a foreign correspondent for the guardian from 1991 to 1999, and won several awards including foreign correspondent of the year for his reporting from iraq and. Online shopping for russia history from a great selection at books store. A new era of cyberwar and the hunt for the kremlins most dangerous. T hese books are useful but partial, stressing the u. From womanhood to nationhood, they challenge the construction of identity. Top 10 books on vladimir putins russia books the guardian. James meeks top 10 books of russia books the guardian. Simon sebag montefiores recommended reading on russia and. June 12, 1991 boris yeltsin wins russias first popular presidential election in its 1,000.
When i first visited russia i was involved in left wing politics, social groups and trade unions. Voting circles andor spamming your own book to this list is highly discouraged. A roundup of our most anticipated history books of 2017, from ken folletts kingsbridge series to andrew marrs history of modern britain, and tudor england to revolutionary russia. Apr 26, 2019 a chronology of key events in the history of russia, from the 1200s to the present. This book is a good general history of the period and particular effort is made to place stalin in context with russia both before and after his rule, as well as with lenin. The secret history of disinformation and political warfare thomas rid. Your first selection is internal colonization by alexander etkind, a new take on russias political and cultural history. There are many decent and easy to read books about russia and russian history, but since russian history is very controversial topic which mainly composed of politically and ideologically charged interpretations, you should focus on understand. The history books we loved most in 2019 span centuries, nations and wars.
Sergei lebedevs powerful debut novel, oblivion, in depicting the soviet prison work camps of the arctic north, poses a heartfelt challenge to those who prefer to forget this part of russian history. Lebedev, who was born in moscow in 1981, picks 10 books that explain russias complicated past and present. The traditional startdate of specifically russian history is the establishment of the rus state in the north in 862 ruled by vikings. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, riasanovsky and steinberg examine all aspects of russias historypolitical, international, military, economic, social, and culturalwith a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent.
I have chosen ten russian books, available in english, to answer. Some of those books describe serfdom and the russian culture better than many history books can. The best books on contemporary russia five books expert. Dominic lievens outstanding history russia against napoleon tells the real. Both are good books that crisscross the region from tbilisi to kashgar in an attempt to ferret out the pipeline politics of the newly independent states post911, with the us, iran and china vying for a piece of the pie russia could no longer gobble up alone. Id suggest a few works on the background of modern russian history from the revolution that ousted tsarist rule, through the lenin and stalin. The 1917 revolutions may attract the most attention, but stalins dictatorship is an equally important subject for both russian and european histories. Many of those books actually have a lot to do with russian history. Other articles where history of russia is discussed. The secret history of disinformation and political warfare. Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books. The eight stories in this collection explore the boundary conditions between self and others. I was celebrating new years eve of 2000 with my high school friends.
The best books on central asia and the silk road region. A few books are unmissable along the way and fiction is as vital as history. Vladimir putin has crafted a careful narrative about his rise to power and rescuing of russia. This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in september of 2015. Editors note the events involving ukraine, russia, and the nowannexed crimean peninsula have shocked observers around the world. Top 10 books on vladimir putins russia i used fiction to depict the catastrophe that the president has inflicted on russia, but these terrifying stories about him. The history of russia begins with the histories of the east slavs. Fiction nonfiction childrens books classics cooking historical fiction history humor. These five books help develop a nuanced understanding of russia. This month, historian serhy yekelchyk examines the deep history of tensions between russia and ukraine by getting at the very heart of the story. A century after the bolsheviks captured the winter palace, we round up the most illuminating new releases tackling. What 21stcentury russia is in itself, to its neighbors, and to america flows from the fact it is no longer the soviet union. Best russian history books this is a list of the greatest russian history books.
Both republics became independent after the soviet union collapsed in 1991, but what was a new beginning for ukraine was a loss of empire and greatpower status for russia. A whole stack of brilliant books make abundantly clear that putins russia is a land of political intrigue and suspicion, where conspiracy theories often turn out to be true, kompromat is the. Timothy coltons sweeping narrative of yeltsins life and political battles is unparalleled in its coverage of the political and personal journey of the founder of modern russia. Paul bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of russian history resulting from the end of the soviet union in 1991. Robert services penguin history of modern russia is excellent, and on the. Find the top 100 most popular items in amazon books best sellers. Dozens of books try to explain putin and his russia. Jul 14, 2017 a whole stack of brilliant books make abundantly clear that putins russia is a land of political intrigue and suspicion, where conspiracy theories often turn out to be true, kompromat is the. James meek worked in moscow as a foreign correspondent for the guardian from 1991 to 1999, and won several awards including foreign correspondent of the. Snodgrass, also a contributor to the series there is a secret history of the worlda history in which an alien virus struck the earth in the aftermath of world war ii, endowing a handful of.
The five books on russia you should read providence. Staraya ladoga and novgorod became the first major cities of the new union of immigrants from scandinavia with the slavs and finnougrians. A call by president vladimir putin for a new textbook that reconciles differences over russias past has left him facing accusations of copying. Russia relations the united states and russia have been in contact since the u. Russia drives georgian forces from south ossetia and abkhazia. From early mongol invasions to tsarist regimes to ages of enlightenment and industrialization to revolutions and wars, russia is known not. I actually disagree with removing the fiction books. Jun 15, 2018 t hese books are useful but partial, stressing the u. By one of americas most widelyread historians, david mccullough, 1776 tells a compelling and readable story about the year the united states of america became exactly that. Yes, and these are all books i read while writing my own book, along with many others. About the economic crisis that went on that period, the reforms,the privatizations of the old soviet industry, the shelling of the parliament house and the intervention on these events by the western powers.
Ukrainianrussian relations suffer from differing attitudes toward the russian imperial past. A history of russia covers the entire span of the countrys history, from ancient times to the postcommunist present. The best recent book on the other great romanov emperor is. New books in russian and eurasian studies new books network. Were featuring a threepart history of wwii as one book because an article about 10 books just sounds so. In ancient times, greek and iranian settlements appeared in the southernmost portions of what is now ukraine. In this most recent book, published last month, applebaum tackles the soviet famine and argues, as historians have done before, that the famine in ukraine was a.
As the red flag came down from the kremlin on christmas day 1991, russian president boris yeltsin, when asked what he thought of communism, nearly wept as he replied. Exile in america, 19781994 the center for ethics and culture solzhenitsyn series aleksandr solzhenitsyn. From womanhood to nationhood, they challenge the construction of identity and mythology. Inspired by the russian revolution, the communist party of china is formed. Books by russian authors are prized possessions in most households. The book is a centuriesspanning look at how debutantes and their rituals, from the antebellum south to modernday russia, have shaped marriage and womanhood in america and abroad. Social realitiesracial and ethnic tensions, sexual harassment and abuseprovide the backdrop for struggles that ultimately take place in the heart.
Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of russian history since the ninth century. Kazans muslims and the making of imperial russia indiana university press, 2020, danielle ross looks at how the tatars of kazan participated in the formation of the russian empire through their various activities in trade, settlement, clerical work, intellectual culture, and trade. The trouble, says author and academic simon pirani, is it isnt true. Historical novels only, nonfiction or novels with a contemporary settings will be removed. Lebedev, who was born in moscow in 1981, picks 10 books that explain russia s complicated past and present. For more than two centuries, and despite being situated in different hemispheres, the u. So, needing a book to read is never an issue here the question is more about which book is best to start with.116 510 309 715 686 1346 735 866 1427 1443 1044 1114 1358 1246 1218 725 1351 1155 844 314 824 1377 1413 529 294 1339 1197 84 67 662 1057 1340 702 160 469 1361 905 1365 1344 245 866 1488