Russian and Soviet History: From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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Steven A. Usitalo, William Benton Whisenhunt
Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - 292 Seiten
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
 

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The Disturbing Legacy of the Time of Troubles
3
THE RUSSIAN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
19
The Revolution of Peter the Great
21
Masks and Masquerades at the Court of Elizabeth Petrovna 17411742
34
Russias First Scientist The SelfFashioning of Mikhail Lomonosov
51
Andrei Bolotov Portrait of an Enlightened Seigneur
66
Did Catherine the Great and Grigorii Potemkin Wed? Some Myths Facts and Observations on Secret Royal Marriages
79
THE RUSSIAN NINETEENTH CENTURY
91
The Zemstvo in Late Imperial Russia Social and Political Change in the Countryside
162
SOVIET RUSSIA
173
Popular Aspirations the New Politics and the October Revolution
175
The Jewish Question in the Soviet Union 19171953
185
Aviation Cinema in Stalins Russia Conformity Collectivity and the Conflict with Fascism
200
Political Loyalties in Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War
215
Empire Besieged Postwar Politics 19451953
229
Khrushchev The Impact of Personality on Politics
241

The Invention of Russianness in the Late EighteenthEarly Nineteenth Century
93
Starts and Stops The Development of Official Diplomatic Relations between Russia and the United States
109
The Decembrist Pavel Pestel and the Roots of Russian Republicanism
121
Economic Backwardness in Geographical Perspective Russias Nineteenth Century
133
The Trial of Vera Zasulich
147
LateSoviet Prerequisites for PostSoviet Disasters Reflections
252
Gorbachev and the Soviet Collapse Stirrings of Accountable Government?
265
Index
279
About the Contributors
289
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Steven A. Usitalo is assistant professor of history at Northern State University. William Benton Whisenhunt is professor of history at the College of DuPage.

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