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Superb Short History of Russia,
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This review is from: Russia: A Concise History (Illustrated National Histories) (Paperback)I expect that this the best short history of Russia available. While it is difficult to make a short history interesting when it is covering a topic so vast, the author accomplishes it in this book. The writing style is clear and concise and scholarly, but at the same time the author occasionally throws in a bit of witty sarcastic language that adds a touch of humour. This is an entertaining read, with photos and maps interspersed throughout (although I don't understand why in many places the relevant picture appears too early or too late as compared to the historical events described in the text to which it relates). The "concise" format actually works particularly well for Russian history, as covering everything in a short volume serves to highlight the themes and similarities that are consistent across the various periods of Russian history.
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