Год издания: 2005
Количество страниц: 416
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An ambitious new work investigating Russia's dramatic history. Through the centuries, Russia has swung between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse and spectacular recovery. This illuminating and accessible history traces these cycles from the ate Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russian Federation of today. Philip Longworth explores the patterns of Russia's past, from the nameless adventures who first penetrated it to dynamic characters inclding Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great and Stalin. His narrative takes in the magnificient cities of Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire in the south, to the Baltic in the west ad to the Arctic Ocean in the north. What is the source of Russia's imperialistic culture? Why was Russia so driven to colonize and conquer? From Klevan Rus' - the first Russian state - to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the...