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

Author: William Benton Whisenhunt Steven A. Usitalo
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Regional Studies, Regional Studies, European History
Book Format: Paperback

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 showcases current thinking on Russian cultural, political, economic, and social history from the sixteenth century to the demise of the Soviet experiment. Informed by both archival work and published sources, this text introduces students to Russian history in an accessible and provocative format, and its eclectic essays offer readers an incomparable taste of the complexity and richness of Russia.

Table Of Contents
Introduction: The Seventeenth Century

Chapter 1: The Disturbing Legacy of the Time of Troubles

Chester S. L. Dunning

Part I: The Russian Eighteenth Century

Chapter 2: The Revolution of Peter the Great

James Cracraft

Chapter 3: Masks and Masquerade at the Court of Elizabeth Petrovna (1741-1742)

Jelena Pogosjan

Chapter 4: Russia's "First" Scientist: The (Self-)Fashioning of Mikhail Lomonosov

Steven A. Usitalo

Chapter 5: Andrei Bolotov: Portrait of an Enlightened Seigneur

Colum Leckey

Chapter 6: Did Catherine the Great and Grigorii Potemkin Wed? Some Myths, Facts, and Observations on Secret Royal Marriages

Douglas Smith

Part II: The Russian Nineteenth Century

Chapter 7: The Invention of "Russianness" in the Late Eighteenth-Early Nineteenth Century

Alexander M. Martin

Chapter 8: Starts and Stops: The Development of Official Diplomatic Relations between Russia and the United States

William Benton Whisenhunt

Chapter 9: The Decembrist Pavel Pestel and the Roots of Russian Republicanism

Patrick O'Meara

Chapter 10: Economic Backwardness in Geographical Perspective: Russia's Nineteenth Century

Susan P. McCaffray

Chapter 11: The Trial of Vera Zasulich

Ana Siljak

Chapter 12: The Zemstvo in Late Imperial Russia: Social and Political Change in the Countryside

Thomas E. Porter

Part III: Soviet Russia

Chapter 13: Popular Aspirations, the New Politics, and the October Revolution

Rex A. Wade

Chapter 14: The Jewish Question in the Soviet Union, 1917-1953

Jeffrey Veidlinger

Chapter 15: Aviation Cinema in Stalin's Russia: Conformity, Collectivity, and the Conflict with Fascism

Scott W. Palmer

Chapter 16: Political Loyalties in Leningrad During the "Great Patriotic War"

Richard Bidlack

Chapter 17: Empire Besieged: Postwar Politics (1945-1953)

Kees Boterbloem

Chapter 18: Khrushchev: The Impact of Personality on Politics

William Taubman

Chapter 19: Late-Soviet Prerequisites for Post-Soviet Disasters: Reflections

Sergei Arutiunov

Chapter 20: Gorbachev and the Soviet Collapse: Stirrings of Accountable Government?

Martha Merritt
About Steven A. Usitalo
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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Brand Rowman & Littlefield
Artist / Author William Benton Whisenhunt Steven A. Usitalo
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