Higher Education

A History of Russia, 1st Edition

  • David Goldfrank Georgetown University
  • Lindsey Hughes University College, London
  • Catherine Evtuhov Georgetown University
  • Richard Stites Georgetown University
  • ISBN-10: 0395660726  |  ISBN-13: 9780395660720
  • 928 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $115.50



AA History of Russia: Peoples, Legends, Events, Forces is a comprehensive narrative conceived and developed after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Informed by the burgeoning historiography of the 1990s, the text balances political and economic explorations of everyday life, social roles, cultural dynamics, and gender issues. Many texts on this subject are written from a pre-Confederation point of view that may be unsuitable for today's classroom. This text provides strong coverage of 20th-century Russia and the U.S.S.R. without sacrificing its coverage of earlier historical periods.

Table of Contents

I. From Frontier to Tsardom: The Foundations of Russia, 750-1613
1. The Origin of Rus, 750-1000
The Natural Setting
The Eastern Slavs
The Khazar Qaganate
The Rus
The Kievan Monarchy
2. Kievan Rus: Structures and Events, 988-1240
An Expanding Economy
Stratified Society
Tributary Politics and Institutions
A Political Chronicle, 1015-1240
The Outside World
3. Kievan Rus: Christian Civilization, 988-1240
Slavic Orthodoxy
Conversion and Consolidation
Intellectual Culture
Image and Edifice
4. The First Mongol Century: Hardship and Adaptations, 1237-1341
Storm Out of the East, 1190-1242
Empire of the Steppe
Rus and the New Order, 1237-1300
The Advent of Moscow, 1301-1341
Spiritual Survival
5. Shifting Fortunes, 1341-1456
The Fragmentation of Qipchak
The Challenge of Lithuania
The Ascent of Moscow
The Apogee of Great Novgorod
Spiritual Renewal
The End of Byzantium
6. Russia''s New Monarchy, 1456-1533
Foundations: Political and Economic
Unification Dramas, 1463-1521
Instruments of Power
Ideals in Conflict
The Sovereign''s Majesty
7. Ivan IV and the Birth Pangs of Tsardom, 1533-1584
Boyar Interlude, 1533-1547
Visions of Piety, 1542-1570
State Consolidation, 1547-1562
Eastward Ho!, 1545-1559
Livonian War, 1558-1583
Terror at Home, 1563-1576
The Final Years, 1576-1584
8. Boris Godunov and the Time of Troubles, 1584-1613
Social Fissures
A New Strong Man, 1584-1605
The Troubles I: Impostors and Adventurers, 1605-1610
The Troubles I: National Revival, 1611-1613
II. The Growth of Empire: Russia Looks West, 1613-1796
9. Muscovy Expands, 1613-1676
Alexis Comes to Power, 1645
"All Great, Little and White Russia"
People of All Ranks
Rebellious Russia
10. Religion and Culture at the Crossroads, 1645-1689
Reforming the Church
At the Tsar''s Court
Arts in Transition
Russia and the West
Fëdor and Sophia 1676-1689
11. Peter the Great: From Tsar to Emperor, 1689-1725
A Portrait of Peter
Russia at War, 1700-1721
Soldiers and Sailors of the Tsar
Governing Russia
Finances: "The Artery of War"
12. Peter the Great: Carving Out the New Russia 1703-1725
Peter''s Paradise
Teachers and Pupils
The Service Church
New Men and Women
"Father of the Fatherland"
13. "Between Two Greats," 1725-1762
Who Rules Russia?
Russia and the World
Arts and Sciences
Peter III and the Nobles
14. Catherine the Great: In Pursuit of Enlightenment and Empire, 1762-1796
A Portrait of Catherine
Enlightened Absolutism
Expanding the Empire
Many Nations
Policing the Provinces
15. Catherine the Great: The Golden Age of the Nobility 1776-1796
Freedom and Liberty
Culture: Town and Country
The French Madness
Reconsidering Catherine
III. Russia''s European Century, 1796-1914
16. Russia in the Age of Napoleon: Paul I and Alexander I, 1796-1815
Europe in 1800: the Napoleonic Wars
Palace and Parade Ground: Paul I, 1796-1801
Alexander Comes to Power: Peace and War, 1801-1807
Alliance with Napoleon and Speransky''s Vision, 1807-1812
The Horned Beast: Invasion and Triumph, 1812-1815
17. The Age of Restoration: Russia in Europe, 1815-1830
The Congress of Vienna and the Holy Alliace, 1815
The Golden Age and Pushkin
The Blessed Emperor, 1815-1825
Secret Societies and the December Uprising
The Polish Uprising, 1830
18. Nicholas I: Monarchy, Society, Empire, 1825-1855
Nicholas Comes to Power, 1825-1830
Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality
Law and Administration, 1830-1840
The "Marvelous Decade"
European Revolution and Ottoman War, 1848-1856
19. Russian Society and Daily Life in the Twilight of Serfdom, 1800-1861
On the Land: Nests of Gentry
On the Land: Live Souls
The Big City: Rich Folk, Poor Folk
The Small Town: Provincial Russia
20. Around the Russian Empire, 1801-1861
European Borderlands
In and Beyond the Caucasus
The Steppes of Central Asia
Siberia: the Wild East
Frontiers of the Imagination
21. Alexander II and the Era of the Great Reforms, 1855-1870
Monarchy and Gentry After Crimea
The Great Reforms: Emancipation
Creating a New Society? The Zemstvo and Legal Reforms
Life in the Reform Era
Challenge from Poland: The 1863 Rebellion
22. The Turbulent Seventies
After the Reforms, 1866-1881
Going to the People, 1873-1874
Cultural Life in the Capitals
Pan-Slavism and the Balkans, 1870-1878
Terrorists and Revolutionaries
Murder of an Emperor: 1881
23. Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality Reaffirmed, 1881-1905
The European Empires
Ruling Russia: Personalities
Ruling Russia: Bureaucracy and Counterreform
Church and State: A Conservative Symphony
Administering Empire: Russifying the Borderlands
From Berlin to Paris
24. Economic Structures and Visions, 1881-1905
The Drama of Industrialization
Money and Markets
The Agricultural Sector
Other Visions: Marxists and Populists
A Eurasian Power
25. Society, Culture, Politics, 1881-1905
Class, Status, Profession, Household
The 1880s: Universities and Intellectual Life in a Positivist Age
The 1890s: Postfamine Politics
Orthodoxy and Religious Reform
Movements of National Liberation
26. Cultural Explosion, 1900-1920
New Beginnings: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev
Forerunners: Four Giants
The Silver Age
Art Goes to the People
27. Russia on the Barricades: The Revolution of 1904-1907
The Pale Horseman
Political Parties and Movements
War and Revolution I: From Liaodung to the Zemstvo Congress"
War and Revolution II: The Bloody Year 1905
The Revolutionary Dumas
28. The "Duma Monarchy," 1907-1914
Government and Society: A New Dialouge?
Reform from Above: Stolypin
The New Political Culture: Press and Public Opinion
Celebrating Russia: The Romanov Tercentenary
On the Eve: War and Diplomacy in the Balkans
IV. Russia''s Turbulent Twentieth Century and After, Since 1914
29. Russia in World War I, 1914-1917
The Clash of Arms
Tragedy Behind the Lines
The War Business
On the Home Front
War and Peace
Midnight of Empire, 1916-1917
30. The Revolutions of 1917
February: The Fall of the Monarchy
Dual Powerlessness: Government and Soviets
The Lid Comes Off: Spectacles of Freedom
The Summer of 1917
October in Petrograd
31. Civil War: Reds, Whites, and Greens, 1917-1921
Soviet Russia
Civil War, Front and Rear
War Communism and Popular Anticommunism
Retaking the Empire
Bolshevism in Europe
Looking Back
32. The Years of New Economic Policy: Politics, Society, and Culture, 1921-1928
The New Regime: Party and State
The New Economic Policy: Socialism and Capitalism
Society Turned Upside Down
Culture and Revolution
World Communism and World Relations
Who Will Rule?
33. Revolution in the Life of Peoples, 1921-1928
USSR: A Multinational State
Slavic Renaissance: Ukraine and Belorussia
The Jews of Socialism
Red Flag over Oasis and Steppe
Empire and Union
34. Stalinism Established, 1928-1939
Iron and Steel: Industrialization
Tractors and Corpses: Collectivization
Purge and Terror: The Road to Death
State Machine and Political Culture
35. Stalinism: Life Under the System, 1928-1939
Cultural Revolution, 1928-1932
Socialist Realism and Mass Culture, 1932-1941
Citizens: From the Kremlin to the Gulag
Nations of the Union
Stalin''s Parade
36. The Soviet Homeland Defended: World War II, 1939-1945
Facing Fascism, 1933-1939
Invasion and Occupation
Front and Rear
Turn of the Tide
The Hidden Wars
Holy War and Modern Memory
37. At the Dawn of the Cold War, 1945-1953
The Big Three: The Wartime Alliance, 1941-1945
Lowering the Iron Curtain
The Cultural Pogrom
Town and Country, Men and Women
Postwar Blues: Malaise and Counterculture
Exit Stalin
38. Khrushchëv and the Decline of Stalinism, 1953-1964
Collective Leadership: Destalinization of the Deed
Revelations and Echoes: Destalinization of the Word
Reaching Out: Religion and Rocketry
Imperial Arena: The Bloc
Global Arena: Victories and Defeats
The Plot That Worked
39. The Brezhnev Years: Order and Stability, 1964-1982
The Politics of Holding On
Production and Consumption
Technology and the Environment
People: Progress and Passivity
The Cultural Landscape
40. The Brezhnev Years: Change and Ferment, 1964-1982
Counterpolitics: The Dissidents
Underlife: Internal Emigration
The Other Half: Soviet Republics
Empire: Cuba to High Asia
The Old Men Depart, 1982-1985
41. The Gorbachëv Revolution, 1985-1991
Perestroika: Controlled Reform
Glasnost: The Raised Voice
New Thinking and Global Détente
Economic Woes
Political Experiments
"And Nations Waken in the Night?"
From Putsch to Collapse, 1990-1991
42. The Parting of the Ways: After 1991
Boris Yeltsin: Bloodshed in Moscow and Chechnya
Boris Yeltsin: Political and Economic Achievements
Vladimir Putin
Memories of Empire
The Outer World
Russia in a New Millennium
43. Another Russia: Emigration in the Twentieth Century
Three Waves
"Russia Abroad": Between Two Ward
Displaced Persons: World War II
The Third Wave and Beyond
Interconnections and Dislocations: Émigré Thought and Culture
Suggested Readings
Rulers of Various Russian States

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Goldfrank

David Goldfrank is professor of history at Georgetown University. He has published a text on the origins of the Crimean War (Longman, 1993) and has published other books and articles in the area of medieval and monastic Russia. The Contemporary Authors reference text has noted Goldfrank for his Russian translations. He specializes in medieval and Muscovite Russia, medieval Russian diplomacy, and social history of the Russian military. Goldfrank received his Ph.D from the University of Washington.

Lindsey Hughes

Lindsey Hughes is professor of history and director at the Centre for Russian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London. In addition to her most recent work, Russia in the Age of Peter the Great (Yale), she has written three books and numerous articles. She is also on the board of Slavonic and East European Review.

Catherine Evtuhov

Catherine Evtuhov is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She has published articles in the Slavic Review, Studies in Russian Intellectual History, Journal of Popular Culture, and numerous others. She has written the first English translation of Sergei Bulgakov's Philosophy of Economy: The World as Household with Yale University Press. Her current project is Imagining the Russian Provinces: Material Culture and Local Consciousness in Nizhnii Novgorod, 1840-1900. Her areas of expertise are 19th/20th century intellectual, social, cultural, and religious history. She received her Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley. She is a bilingual speaker fluent in England and Russian.

Richard Stites

Richard Stites is professor of history at Georgetown University. He has published books with Oxford, Cambridge, and Princeton. In 1989 he won the prestigious Wayne Vucinich award presented annually by Slavic historians to the best new book in their field. He also contributed a chapter to the Third Edition of Houghton Mifflin's Becoming Visible text. He earned his Ph.D from Harvard in the areas of social and intellectual history of 19th- and 20th-century Russia. He has since become known for his work in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century gender and culture as well.