Russia, 1855-1991

From Tsars to Commissars

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Author: Peter Oxley

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199134182

Category: Russia

Page: 304

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From Alexander II, through Glasnost, to the present day, Russian history has been characterised by a drive to modernise - a recurring theme in this book.

The Khrushchev Era 1953-1964

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Author: Martin McCauley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317889215

Category: History

Page: 160

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History and politics students alike will welcome this new Seminar Study which analyses the Khrushchev era -- a critical period of Soviet and world history. It was Khrushchev who, in 1957, finally filled the political vacuum left by the death of Stalin in 1953. He was an erratic, impulsive, inspirational and innovative leader who addressed the fundamental problems of the country - and yet he was, Martin McCauley argues, "a brilliant failure''. In this study the author explores all aspects of the Khrushchev era: including reforms in agriculture, economic policy, crises in Eastern Europe, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, de-Stalinisation and Khrushchev's attempts to reform the Communist Party.

Germany, 1858-1990

Hope, Terror, and Revival

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Author: Alison Kitson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199134175

Category: Germany

Page: 304

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Specially written for the AS/A2 examinations, this book combines extended period cover with detailed focus on exam board-selected topics. The lively, accessible text is supplemented by Spotlights, providing detailed study of sources on key issues and topics, and Document Exercises, which offer opportunities for assessment and exam practice. Covering almost 150 years between unification and reunification, with a particular emphasis on the interwar years, the text encourages students to think for themselves around the issues that have affected German history during this period and to consider important historical debates and controversies.

Russia 1848-1917

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Author: Jonathan Bromley

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435327187

Category: A-level examinations

Page: 235

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A study of Russia from 1848 to 1914. It is designed to fulfil the AS and A Level specifications in place from September 2000. The AS section deals with narrative and explanation of the topic. There are extra notes, biography boxes and definitions in the margin, and summary boxes to help students assimilate the information. The A2 section reflects the different demands of the higher level examination by concentrating on analysis and historians' interpretations of the material covered in the AS section. There are practice questions and hints and tips on what makes a good answer.

Communist Russia Under Lenin and Stalin

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Author: Terry Fiehn,Chris Corin

Publisher: Hodder Murray

ISBN: 9780719574887

Category: History

Page: 330

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A comprehensive advanced core text on Russia from 1900 to the 1950s. It offers students an insight into the causes of the Russian Revolution in 1917; the nature, the achievements and failure of Lenin's and Stalin's regimes; and the ongoing historiographical debate about this period and the current reinterpretations of it.

Access to History: Stalin's Russia 1924-53 4th Edition

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Author: Michael Lynch

Publisher: Hodder Education

ISBN: 1444150774

Category: Education

Page: 300

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The Access to History series is the most popular and trusted series for AS and A level history students. The new editions combine all the strengths of this well-loved series with a new design and features that allow all students access to the content and study skills needed to achieve exam success. This is a new edition of the bestselling title 'Bolshevik and Stalinist Russia 1918-56' which now focuses on the period from 1924-53. It has been revised and fully updated for the 2008 AS specifications for Edexcel and AQA, providing both a narrative and an analysis of the impact of Stalin's leadership on the USSR. It examines Stalin's rise to power following Lenin's death in 1924, the nature of his rule, the economic changes he brought about and his foreign policies. Finally, a concluding chapter focuses on what life was like in Stalinist Russia. Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips written by examiners for each specification provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.

Russia and Its Rulers, 1855-1964

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Author: Andrew Holland

Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers

ISBN: 9780340983706

Category: History

Page: 204

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This series is part of Access to History, a most popular and trusted series for advanced level students. This sub-series is designed for A2 students studying the OCR A Historical Themes Unit. The narrative is structured thematically to enable students to view similarities and differences across time, to draw conclusions from these comparisions, and therefore to develop their synoptic skills. Each chapter includes: - exam-style questions and marked answers to help students understand and develop their synoptic skills - key terms to improve students' historical vocabulary - key questions to consider throughout - summary diagrams as helpful revision tools Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964 This title examines the nature of Russian government and its influence on society and people. The theme is explored under the following headings: - The Nature of Russian Government - The Opposition to Regimes - The Impact of the Dictatorial Regimes on Economy and Society - War and Revolution and the Development of Government

Mao

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Author: Michael Lynch

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 135177929X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

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Michael Lynch’s second edition of Mao examines the life of this controversial figure. Opening with a detailed chronology, it delves into Mao’s younger years and tracks his gradual rise to power, with a chapter dedicated to the cult status that surrounded him. Through a wealth of primary and secondary sources and a balanced consideration of the conflicting views that surround Mao’s leadership, this book provides a thorough exploration of Mao’s political and private life. Key features of the second edition include a detailed analysis of the Long March, an account of Sino-Japanese relations and an assessment of Mao’s ongoing legacy. This biography will be essential reading for anyone interested in Mao and the politics of twentieth-century China.

The Cossack Myth

History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires

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Author: Serhii Plokhy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139536737

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In the years following the Napoleonic Wars, a mysterious manuscript began to circulate among the dissatisfied noble elite of the Russian Empire. Entitled The History of the Rus', it became one of the most influential historical texts of the modern era. Attributed to an eighteenth-century Orthodox archbishop, it described the heroic struggles of the Ukrainian Cossacks. Alexander Pushkin read the book as a manifestation of Russian national spirit, but Taras Shevchenko interpreted it as a quest for Ukrainian national liberation, and it would inspire thousands of Ukrainians to fight for the freedom of their homeland. Serhii Plokhy tells the fascinating story of the text's discovery and dissemination, unravelling the mystery of its authorship and tracing its subsequent impact on Russian and Ukrainian historical and literary imagination. In so doing he brilliantly illuminates the relationship between history, myth, empire and nationhood from Napoleonic times to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Aspects of British Political History 1914-1995

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Author: Stephen J. Lee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134790414

Category: History

Page: 448

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Aspects of British Political History 1914-1995 examines all the major themes, personalities and issues of this important period in a clear and digestible form. It: * introduces fresh angles to long-studied topics * consolidates a great body of recent research * analyses views of different historians * offers an interpretive rather than narrative approach * gives concise treatment to complex issues * is directly relevant to student questions and courses * is carefully organised to reflect the way teachers tackle these courses * is illustrated with helpful maps, charts, illustrations and photographs.

The Ghost of Freedom

A History of the Caucasus

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Author: Charles King

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195177754

Category: History

Page: 291

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" ... The first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to rise of new countries after the Soviet Union's collapse."--Cover.

China

A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

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Author: John King Fairbank,Merle Goldman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674036654

Category: Reference

Page: 560

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John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date and provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come.

Russia 1855-1964

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Author: Derrick Murphy,Terry Morris

Publisher: HarperCollins (UK)

ISBN: 9780007268672

Category: Russia

Page: 176

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This title covers material from the accession of Tsar Alexander II to the forced resignation of Nikita Khrushchev. With historical interpretations, document source questions, explanation of difficult words and concepts, a study skills section for exam preparation and visuals to support learning available online.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution

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Author: Robert Service

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681775727

Category: History

Page: 496

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A riveting account of the last eighteen months of Tsar Nicholas II's life and reign from one of the finest Russian historians writing today. In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for three hundred years was forced from power by revolution. Now, on the hundredth anniversary of that revolution, Robert Service, the eminent historian of Russia, examines Nicholas's life and thought from the months before his momentous abdication to his death, with his family, in Ekaterinburg in July 1918. The story has been told many times, but Service's deep understanding of the period and his forensic examination of previously untapped sources, including the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations, as well as the testimonies of the official inquiry, shed remarkable new light on his troubled reign, also revealing the kind of Russia that Nicholas wanted to emerge from the Great War. The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political ferment in Russia that followed the February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet socialist republic.

The Modernisation of Russia, 1856-1985

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Author: John Laver

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435327415

Category: Russia

Page: 172

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This resource is written for for students studying the economic and social development of Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as the nature of Russian government and its impact on the Russian people in this period.

The Gates of Europe

A History of Ukraine

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Author: Serhii Plokhy

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093469

Category: History

Page: 432

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Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to preserve its territorial integrity and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's territory and its existence as a sovereign nation. As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its present and future. Situated between Central Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that used it as a strategic gateway between East and West—from the Roman and Ottoman empires to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union. For centuries, Ukraine has been a meeting place of various cultures. The mixing of sedentary and nomadic peoples and Christianity and Islam on the steppe borderland produced the class of ferocious warriors known as the Cossacks, for example, while the encounter between the Catholic and Orthodox churches created a religious tradition that bridges Western and Eastern Christianity. Ukraine has also been a home to millions of Jews, serving as the birthplace of Hassidism—and as one of the killing fields of the Holocaust. Plokhy examines the history of Ukraine's search for its identity through the lives of the major figures in Ukrainian history: Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kyiv, whose daughter Anna became queen of France; the Cossack ruler Ivan Mazepa, who was immortalized in the poems of Byron and Pushkin; Nikita Khrushchev and his protégé-turned-nemesis Leonid Brezhnev, who called Ukraine their home; and the heroes of the Maidan protests of 2013 and 2014, who embody the current struggle over Ukraine's future. As Plokhy explains, today's crisis is a tragic case of history repeating itself, as Ukraine once again finds itself in the center of the battle of global proportions. An authoritative history of this vital country, The Gates of Europe provides a unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War.

Under the Sky of My Africa

Alexander Pushkin and Blackness

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Author: Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy,Nicole Svobodny,Ludmilla A. Trigos

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810119714

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 417

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A wide-ranging consideration of the nature and significance of Pushkin's African heritage Roughly in the year 1705, a young African boy, acquired from the seraglio of the Turkish sultan, was transported to Russia as a gift to Peter the Great. This child, later known as Abram Petrovich Gannibal, was to become Peter's godson and to live to a ripe old age, having attained the rank of general and the status of Russian nobility. More important, he was to become the great-grandfather of Russia's greatest national poet, Alexander Pushkin. It is the contention of the editors of this book, borne out by the essays in the collection, that Pushkin's African ancestry has played the role of a "wild card" of sorts as a formative element in Russian cultural mythology; and that the ways in which Gannibal's legacy has been included in or excluded from Pushkin's biography over the last two hundred years can serve as a shifting marker of Russia's self-definition. The first single volume in English on this rich topic, Under the Sky of My Africa addresses the wide variety of interests implicated in the question of Pushkin's blackness-race studies, politics, American studies, music, mythopoetic criticism, mainstream Pushkin studies. In essays that are by turns biographical, iconographical, cultural, and sociological in focus, the authors-representing a broad range of disciplines and perspectives-take us from the complex attitudes toward race in Russia during Pushkin's era to the surge of racism in late Soviet and post-Soviet contemporary Russia. In sum, Under the Sky of My Africa provides a wealth of basic material on the subject as well as a series of provocative readings and interpretations that will influence future considerations of Pushkin and race in Russian culture.