Russia and the Russians: A History

Russia and the Russians A History From the Carpathians in the west to the Greater Khingan range in the east a huge flat expanse dominates the Eurasian continent Here over than a thousand years the history and destiny of Russia hav

  • Title: Russia and the Russians: A History
  • Author: Geoffrey Hosking
  • ISBN: 9780674011144
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the Carpathians in the west to the Greater Khingan range in the east, a huge, flat expanse dominates the Eurasian continent Here, over than a thousand years, the history and destiny of Russia have unfolded In a sweeping narrative, one of the English speaking world s leading historians of Russia follows this story from the first emergence of the Slavs in the hisFrom the Carpathians in the west to the Greater Khingan range in the east, a huge, flat expanse dominates the Eurasian continent Here, over than a thousand years, the history and destiny of Russia have unfolded In a sweeping narrative, one of the English speaking world s leading historians of Russia follows this story from the first emergence of the Slavs in the historical record in the sixth century C.E to the Russians persistent appearances in today s headlines Hosking s is a monumental story of competing legacies, of an enormous power uneasily balanced between the ideas and realities of Asian empire, European culture, and Byzantine religion of a constantly shifting identity, from Kievan Rus to Muscovy to Russian Empire to Soviet Union to Russian Federation, and of Tsars and leaders struggling to articulate that identity over the centuries.With particular attention to non Russian regions and ethnic groups and to Russia s relations with neighboring polities, Hosking lays out the links between political, economic, social, and cultural phenomena that have made Russia what it is a world at once familiar and mysterious to Western observers In a clear and engaging style, he conducts us through the Mongol invasions, the rise of autocracy, the reigns of Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great, the battle against Napoleon, the emancipation of the serfs, the Crimean War, the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalin s reign of terror, the two World Wars, the end of the USSR, to today s war against Chechnya Hosking s history is shot through with the understanding that becoming an empire has prevented Russia from becoming a nation and has perpetuated archaic personal forms of power This book is the most penetrating and comprehensive account yet of what such a legacy has meant to Russia, and to the world.

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    1. It's no small task to compress 1,200 years of Russian history into one medium-large book. As such, Hosking takes an extremely broad and sometimes idiosyncratic approach to his topic. He talks about the geopolitical effects of Russia's location with faculty, but also on the ethnic complications in the Caucasus and Central Asia, drinking habits, serfdom, religious sects, social literature, and the evolution of the Golden Horde.A pleasant and authoritative introduction to Russian history, a topic I [...]

    2. Not having read any other book devoted to the history of the Russian people and having only a 6th grade "world history" knowledge of the country before I came to this book, I think this book is a very good place to start if you are interested in the country and its people. It is in depth, but is not so academic that it is a challenging read. Not counting the index and timeline, it clocks in at just above 600 pages. That is remarkable considering it covers roughly the timeline of 500 - 2001. The [...]

    3. Though I'm only fifty pages in, I can say this much thus far: it's written beautifully, something perfect for me since I hit a wall with non-fiction a couple of months ago. Academic writing can really be a drag, no wonder I needed a break.The historian packs a lot of detail in, too, but he does it deftly, without bogging the reader down. I'm not sure what exactly it is some other historians do that makes reading their books feel like I'm slogging through wet cement, but I wish more wrote like th [...]

    4. Finished Geoffrey Hosking's 'Russia and the Russians: A History'. This journey this book has taken me on has been amazing. Thus far, there has been no compendium on Russian history that has had the insight, clarity or detail as Hosking's second edition has. An impressive collection of analysis and information that spans the military might of Steppe conflict of the Golden Horde, the era of Tzarship and political corruption of the Russian Autocracy. To the inception of the Marxist-Lenin Proletaria [...]

    5. Something I have to note with this book--since I see it so rarely any more--is that it has a very good index. Hosking italicizes Russian words and then the index helps one find the first or second use that includes the definition. A glossary would have been quicker but, except for one time, I could always locate the initial definition of a term if I couldn't remember it.There were a few odd lapses in the book-which is generally a thorough history-for instance, when he jumps from Lenin to Stalin [...]

    6. I wanted a "real" survey of Russian history, not a "for dummies" book, but this was a little too scholarly for me. Very dense and took a long time to get through it.

    7. I am become one of those contemptible creatures who gets three-quarters of his way through a book before giving up, so this review doesn't much apply to the Soviet part of the book (probably the best part) I would have given this book two stars but I feel obliged to give the sympathy star for finishing it prematurely.Normally with books I don't throw in the towel so quickly: 1 or 2 towels usually have to be thrown before I give up, but boy. This book reads like the Sisyphus myth in reverse. It n [...]

    8. Whew, quite a slog. What started as a curiosity regarding how Russia and Russians could rationalize their occupation of Ukraine, became an investigation of the entire history of Russia. At times, very interesting but often too scholarly, this book eventually provided insight on Ukraine as well as Chechnya and all the "stans" along its southern border. The history of Russia ebbed and flowed along with its borders. Once it acquired territory, it wanted to keep it as a buffer because its great expa [...]

    9. It is really worth the effort to read this book (all the 622 pages of it). It is true to its title in that it goes beyond the events, dates and the comings and goings of rulers and provides insights into the evolution of culture, changing (national) identity and the everyday life of peasants and workers. One example of this is how the Great Patriotic War (which we call the Second World War) transformed Russian national identity. In other words, the author goes below the surface and tries to give [...]

    10. Amazing overview of what we now know as Russia - from the earliest appearance by the Russians in 860 right up to the start of Putin's reign at the turn of the century. Hosking's approach - to look at the history of the country from its earliest point - serves to outline many recurring features of the successive Russian states, such as their relative agricultural weakness, fear of invasion, desire to be seen as a great power and so on. Particularly interesting is the soviet era, and how many of t [...]

    11. Hoskings is a master writer of history. Personally I would have preferred more social history but it struck a right balance between chronology and conceptual history. We have so much to learn from Russia and its history as the survivor, and the only other nation in our world with such magnitude of feelings of exceptionalism equivalent to the United States. In the 1970s many Russians felt that they were loosing their identity to the Soviet Union and Hoskings writes, "ny Russians were anxious to d [...]

    12. Lots of information, but verrrry tedious reading. I even started reading backwards chapter by chapter.There's a lot I learned beyond my college Russian history & government classes. One example is the complexity and history of collectiveness/community-think and the self-governmental aspects of Russian serf life compared to European lord-serf relations. Having hundreds of pages of examples of how these evolved over centuries added depth to the basic ideas I learned 30 years ago.I just wish it [...]

    13. Väldigt tät och informationsspäckad men samtidigt lättillgänglig historisk skildring av just Ryssland och dess invånare. Det är komplext och särskilt i den äldre historien saknar jag till viss del referensramar, men Hosking lyckas visa på de stora dragen och jag slukar de sista kapitlen från och med sovjettidens början.

    14. A wonderful history with an emphasis less on events and more on how events affected the group-psyche of the Russians and the Soviets (including the 'reluctant' Soviets) and, in turn, how that psyche affected events. It is thick at about 630 pages with with another 70 pages that includes a time line of events and notes.

    15. I don't know about other readers, but I got this book since 2002 and I have only managed to read a few chapters, and I find it hardgoing. I wish it was a simpler and more digestible piece of work. Oh well maybe it's just because of my simplicity after all.

    16. Finally finished! Excellent "concise" history of Russia in 700 pages. It ends when Putin becomes President in 2000. It was really interesting to read and recognized the on going issues that each ruler had in control, and expanding the Soviet Union.

    17. I thought the book a good introduction into Russian history and culture. It doesn't overwhelm or sometimes, cover to my liking everything, but it was more than satisfactory and until such time as I find a more comprehensive one volume history of Russia, I will recommend this one to anyone.

    18. This book is long and reads like a textbook, but now a big hole in my education is a little bit filled. It gets four stars because I generally like textbooks. Russia has moved up my list of places to visit next and is now tied for top-spot with Ireland. Someday

    19. If you want to know more about Russia,its history and how it impacted all aspects of Russian life (including its soul)this scholarly masterpiece comes highly recommended.

    20. Great introduction to the subject. Pretty dry reading, so only pursue if you have a vested interest in the subject.

    21. I can't remember if I ever finished this boring book about the history of Russia, but I DO know how it turns out because I watched Russian TV News.

    22. So much information here it is hard to summarize, but overall despite the amount this is not a dry read. If you are a rusophile this is the foundation book for history all should read.

    23. A decent but very short history of Russia told in such a way as to try and explain the Russian people. Not bad for all that, although totally lacking a section on Catherine the Great.

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