59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Concise, informative and very readable,
By A Customer
This review is from: Russia and the Russians: From Earliest Times to the Present: From Earliest Times to 2001 (Paperback)
If you are looking for a concise history of russia, you cant go wrong with this book. I bought it as an introduction to Russia and Russian culture before i went to live in moscow for 6 months and found it to be a highly informative and entertaining work on what can appear to be an intimidating topic. You can't help but feel you're learning something new with every page turned, and personaly i found the subject fascinating. Even if you never intend to visit Russia, I feel this book is well worth a read for anyone with an interest in history as this sprawling country and its eventful past is so little-known to outsiders. A minor disappointment on my part, was the superficial coverage of individual characters and personalities bar the tsars and post revolution leaders (Rasputin for example gets barely a mention). This is not a critisism however, the books purpose is to give the reader a broad overview of 1000 years of history in 700-odd pages, which it does admirably.
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