The complex and often turbulent history of Russia over the course of 2000 years is brought to life in a series of 169 maps. It covers not simply the wars and expansion of Russia but also a wealth of less conspicuous details of its history from famine and anarchism to the growth of naval strength and the strengths of the river systems.
From 800 BC to the fall of the Soviet Union, this indispensable guide to Russian history covers:
* war and conflict: from the triumph of the Goths between 200 and 400 BC to the defeat of Germany at the end of the Second World War and the end of the Cold War.
* politics: from the rise of Moscow in the Middle Ages to revolution, the fall of the monarchy and the collapse of communism.
* industry, economics and transport: from the Trans-Siberian Railway between 1891 and 1917 to the Virgin Lands Campaign and the growth of heavy industry.
* society, trade and culture: from the growth of monasticism to peasant discontent, Labour Camps and the geographical distribution of ethnic Russians.