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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415415284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415415286
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dr. Richard Sakwa's textbook on Russian politics is a lucid and well informed survey of the subject. It skillfully relates comparative theoretical generalizations to the reality of contemporary Russian affairs and places the political sphere in its social and economic context. The book is objective and balanced in its treatment of controversial questions about developments in Russia under Putin. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks an introduction to Russian politics.' - Alfred B. Evans, Jr., California State University, Fresno, USA

'The 4th edition of Sakwa’s Russian Politics and Society confirms it as the book providing the best coverage of the field. It analyses the structures and contradictory processes in the political system, foreign policy, economy and society under Yeltsin and Putin and is unmatched for postgraduates and undergraduates alike.' - Peter Duncan, University College London, UK

'Altogether, this book serves as a great introduction to Russian politics, but it is by no means only that. There is an irrefutable balance between the necessary descriptive framework for non-specialists and more in-depth analysis, and there are always useful references for a more sophisticated public. As a whole, every reader will find something of interest in this book, depending on their approach and background knowledge in Russian politics. The book provides the reader with both analytical frameworks and more targeted or specialised sections, so that this edition remains both comprehensive and scholarly. The book is not just a textbook but tries to combine strong research input with accessibility. It provides a strong theoretical interpretation, founded on a clear empirical base.' - Henri Duquenne, Sciences-Po, Paris

'This very comprehensive survey is highly commended to all wishing to understand Russia today.' - Richard Sakwa, Mainstream Journal: Bridge of Books

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Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent.


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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 3 Oct. 2006
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While studying for my degree at the University of Kent where he teaches, I took both of Prof. Sakwa's main modules, and so this book was obviously central to both the courses. First of all I must say in the flesh he nice guy and a supurb teacher and I found his lectures and seminars among the best I attended during my studies, mainly because of his immence knowledge of Eastern European and Russian politics.

To put it bluntly he is the among the top 2 or 3 leading experts in the world on the subject and should you be studying Russian politics THERE IS NOT A BETTER BOOK THAN THIS. Its gives a great overview of pretty much any topic you might meet in a Russian political course and is packed with information and Sakwa's personal insights and thoughts. I cannot recommend this book (and his others) highly enough. If your studying Russian politics get, it will help you pass!
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By R. Packham on 24 Dec. 2014
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Excellent reading ! More than just a study ! 30 Dec. 2000
By Maurizio Giuliano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is rare to find academic books which comply with academic rigour, filled with information, data and opinions, and yet which are enjoyable to read. But this book is an exception, like most writings by Richard Sakwa. By inserting some curious historical facts into the studies, and even anecdotes, and by utilizing very refined and enriched vocabulary, the author makes the reading most enjoyable and fascinating, making it a pleasure to read the book - even for those who are just forced to study it out of their tutors' advice, like myself at University ! Wondeful reading, whether or not you are a Russia expert or just interested. The style somewhat resembles that of Tíbor Számuely, also another great writer in this field.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good for a textbook, a solid source of information 29 Mar. 2000
By Dedicated customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have used this book in my class on modern Russian politics. It is a comprehensive and thematically well-rounded monograph, dealing with subjects from political structure to economy to national identity to foreign policy. In its depth of coverage, it is much more than a regular textbook. Textbooks are often simplistic or lopsided, Sakwa's book is not. I particularly like Sakwa's grounding of politics in broader societal trends, political culture and history. It might be rather heavy on undergraduates in its scope and attention to the detail. Other than that, I have no serious criticisms to raise. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone with genuine interest in Russia as a country and as a political entity. It's a good choice for a textbook, most observations are still valid and relevant for the post-Yeltsin era.
7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It is a comprehensive but biased book 12 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although it gives a good account about Russian politics and society, Sakwa is a fierce anti-communist and the book is completely written from this perspective.
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