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The story of Russia  Cover Image Book Book

The story of Russia / Orlando Figes.

Figes, Orlando, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781250796899
  • ISBN: 125079689X
  • Physical Description: 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references (pages 303-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Origins -- The Mongol impact -- Tsar and God -- Times of trouble -- Russia faces west -- The shadow of Napoleon -- An empire in crisis -- Revolutionary Russia -- The war on old Russia -- Motherland -- Ends.
Summary, etc.:
The Story of Russia is a fresh approach to the thousand years of Russia's history, concerned as much with the ideas that have shaped how Russians think about their past as it is with the events and personalities comprising it. No other country has reimagined its own story so often, in a perpetual effort to stay in step with the shifts of ruling ideologies. From the founding of Kievan Rus in the first millennium to Putin's war against Ukraine, Orlando Figes explores the ideas that have guided Russia's actions throughout its long and troubled existence. Whether he's describing the crowning of Ivan the Terrible in a candlelit cathedral or the dramatic upheaval of the peasant revolution, he reveals the impulses, often unappreciated or misunderstood by foreigners, that have driven Russian history: the medieval myth of Mother Russia's holy mission to the world; the imperial tendency toward autocratic rule; the popular belief in a paternal tsar dispensing truth and justice; the cult of sacrifice rooted in the idea of the "Russian soul"; and always, the nationalist myth of Russia's unjust treatment by the West.How the Russians came to tell their story and to revise it so often as they went along is not only a vital aspect of their history; it is also our best means of understanding how the country thinks and acts today.
Subject: Russia > History.
Soviet Union > History.
Russia (Federation) > History.
Genre: History.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 947 FIGES 2022 (Text) 523796 Non-Fiction Available -

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