Год издания: 2003
Издатель: Thames and Hudson
Количество страниц: 224
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The tremendous changes in Russia in recent years have only enhanced the special fascination which this powerful, enigmatic country has so long held for the world at large. Russia's history, from the beginnings as an illiterate pagan Slav community centred on Kiev to twentieth-century superpower status, has its own unique rhythm. Appalling calamities have shaped Russia: the Tatar Yoke; the Time of Troubles; the Napoleonic invasion; two world wars separated by a great civil war; a multitude of famines and epidemics. Not least among these scourges have been leaders such as Ivan the Terrible and Joseph Stalin. A succession of governments - Muscovite, Imperial and Soviet - have, with the help of powerful political police organizations, dragooned a common people fatalistic, courageous, resilient and patient in suffering, yet liable to sudden explosions of collective rage. In this revised edition, the final chapter of which has been brought up to date for this reprint, Ronald Hingley...