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Russia's Empires: Their Rise and Fall - from Prehistory to Putin Paperback – 13 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719565839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719565830
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absorbing . . . Longworth develops the idea in fascinating detail (Michael Kerrigan, Scotsman)

Readers will get a good idea about the background of the current turmoil between Putin's Russia and the Chechens. (Dover Express & Folkestone Herald)

Illuminating and accessible (Western Mail)

A vivid, highly readable style . . . Russia's Empires is a brilliantly ambitious survey of the whole of Russia's imperial past. It is a battleground that has long been fought upon by historians . . . Longworth's gifts of synthesis and selection are especially well displayed . . . [He has] an eye for essentials and a deep underlying knowledge (Laurence Kelly, Literary Review)

An ambitious new work investigating Russia's dramatic history. (Diplomat)

[Longworth] asks what it is that has made four successive Russian empires simultaneously aggressive and fragile . . . All of these are excellent questions . . . Longworth focuses rightly on Russia's unique geography (Anne Applebaum, Sunday Telegraph)

A readable analysis written with a thorough understanding of imperial might. (Good Book Guide)

Longworth has a light, informed touch . . . This attractive account comes from an expert on important topics in more than one century. (Robert Service, Sunday Times)

'An original treatment of Russian history that benefits from the author's breadth of knowledge and fluent prose' (BBC History)

'[Longworth's] authority is commanding... it is insignt into the quitessence of being Russian that makes this such rewarding reading. ...Longworth understands the predictive powers of history. In Russia - and in theis book - they stand large and clear.' - Ross Leckie, The Times (Ross Leckie, The Times)

'A gripping and supremely readable book by the doyen of our historians of Russia, who truly knows how to bring this story of tsars and commissars to life. It combines shrewd analysis of Russia's unique appetite for empire with a wonderful narrative pace and fine scholarship' (Simon Sebag-Montefiore)

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'A gripping and supremely readable book by the doyen of our historians of Russia, who truly knows how to bring this story of tsars and commissars to life. It combines shrewd analysis of Russia's unique appetite for empire with a wonderful narrative pace and fine scholarship.' Simon Sebag-Montefiore

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By semargle on 14 April 2007
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The first two chapters are not good - a lot of mistakes in names and facts. Starting from chapter 3 the book is really very good and very interesting - a very well-balanced overview of Russian history in the scope of Euro-Asian international relationship free of any typical "empire-of-evil" prejudice.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By su on 31 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
Free of "empire of evil" prejudice? Yes, because it is so much pro-Russian biased. There are Polish names in this book written in what would be latin transcription of those names in Russian and the book generally is so unfair towards all neighbours of Russia that it reminds of worst examples of Soviet historiography. Waste of time.
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Interesting and well written 20 Sept. 2006
By Seth J. Frantzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book covers the three or four phases of Russian imperial expansion. Central to the theme is the idea that Russians and Russia inexorably must expand at the expense of others. Theren was midievil Rus, that was destroyed by the Mongols. Then there was the Russia of Peter the Great. Then there was the Empire of the Romanovs that ended in 1917. Then there was the Soviet empire. Russia's imperial ambition was not much in her genes but caused by the vacumes at her borders, the tarters, Siberia and the weakness of Poland and lithuania. This book covers all the minority groups obsorbed by russia, with specialm attention to the Cossacks and the Caucuses as well as the many tribal peoples. Very wonderful writing gives this 2000 year history much interest and pleasure. There is one problem, the book tries to look for the roots of russia in 1000 B.C and earlier giving us a history of the Homio Sapiens Sapiens who lived there before the ice age, this information is neither pertinent or useful.

Seth J. Frantzman
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