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By Nicholas Riasanovsky, Mark Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0195121791

ISBN-13: 9780195121797

Commonly acclaimed because the top one-volume survey textual content on hand, A historical past of Russia provides the entire span of Russia's historical past, from the origins of the Kievan nation and the development of an empire, to Soviet Russia, the successor states, and past. Drawing on either fundamental resources and significant interpretive works, this 6th variation updates its present insurance of the social, fiscal, cultural, political and miliary occasions of Russia's prior and encompasses a new bankruptcy at the post-Gorbachev period in addition to valuable up-to-date biblipgraphies and interpreting resource lists.
studying modern concerns akin to the increase of Yeltsin, the nationalities query, and Russia's makes an attempt to marketplace capitalism, this 6th variation takes the learn of Russia directly into the hot millennium, carrying on with A heritage of Russia's approximately forty-year song list because the chief within the box

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A number of historians have placed much stress on the failure of the Kievan system of government which they consider a major, possibly decisive, cause of the collapse of Kievan Russia, rather than merely a reflection of more fundamental economic and social difficulties. There is a consensus that the Kievan princely political system did not function well, but no agreement as to the exact nature of that system. Of the two main interpretations, one considers it simply to be confusion worse confounded and a rule of force without broad agreement on principle, while the other gives full credence and weight to the practice of joint clan rule and of brother to brother rotation with such further provisions as the equation of the claims of the elder son of a prince to those of his father's third brother, his third uncle.

A controversy * I am using the standard English translation of the Primary Chronicle by Professor S. Cross (The Russian Primary Chronicle, Laurentian Text. , 1930), although I am not entirely satisfied with it either in general or in this particular instance. still continues as to whether Liutprand described his Rusios as Normans or merely as a northern people. " The "Russian" names, or at least most of them, can best be explained from Scandinavian languages. This evidence of "the language of the Rus" is rather baffling: there is no other mention of any Scandinavian tongue of the Rus; on the contrary, the Chronicle itself states that the Slavic and the Russian languages are one.

The new Christian civilization of Kievan Russia produced impressive results as early as the first half of the eleventh century, adding literary and artistic attainment to the political power and high economic development characteristic of the age. The third and last period of Kievan history, that of the decline and fall, is the most difficult one to define chronologically. It may be said to begin with the passing of Iaroslav the Wise in 1054, but there is no consensus about the point at which foreign invasions, civil wars, and the general diminution in the significance of Kiev brought the Kievan era of Russian history to a close.

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