Understanding Russian history is key to understanding Russia and
its people. It is a fascinating history, one that has influenced
not only eastern Europe, but the entire world.
For those traveling to Russia, reading one of the following books will almost certainly
enlighten and enrich your overall experience and shed a bit of light
on a place that Winston Churchill once characterized as "a riddle
wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma".
History of RussiaPaperback: 336 pages
Gives a comprehensive survey of the country's past from the earliest
times through the era of "perestroika" and the end of the
Soviet Union right up to the present day. This handy paperback is fully
indexed with a chronology of major events and a gazetteer cross-referenced
to the main text. Illustrated with line drawings and historical maps.
- A Journey Through the History of Ukraine
Paperback: 258 pages
This vivid book tells the story of Ukraine by taking the reader there.
Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents
and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin's famine and of Nazi labor
camps, Anna Reid charts Ukraine's tragic past and explores its struggle
to build a national future.
- Land of the Tsars DVD
Russia: Land of the Tsars illuminates the imperial Russian history.
Filmed on location throughout Russia, enriched by exclusive visits
to important sites and museums, and filled with commentary from renowned
scholars, this is a kaleidoscopic, captivating portrait of a land that
has endured centuries of despair & rebellion, innovation & conflict.
People's Tragedy - A History of the Russian Revolution Hardcover: 1024 pages
This is a wonderfully sweeping and well written chronological history
of the Russian Revolution. Written in a narrative style that captures
both the scope and detail of the Revolution, Orlando Figes captures
its broad movements, never losing sight of the individuals who lost
their lives during this tragic period in Russian history.
Dance: A Cultural History of RussiaPaperback: 768
Orlando Figes (history, Univ. of London; A People's Tragedy) takes
the reader on a journey through Russia's rich cultural history. Discover
how Russia's artists, writers, musicians, and intellectuals were influenced
by a myriad of social and economic events starting from the founding
of Rus in the 12th century through the Soviet era. An insightful view
of Russian history from a unique perspective.
Hunger Most CruelPaperback: 288 pages
The Human Face of the 1932-1933 Terror-Famine in Soviet Ukraine.
A Hunger Most Cruel features selected works by three authors whose
unflinching honesty and complementary perspectives on the horrific
events around which their narratives are constructed create a compelling
set of vivid, disturbing, and haunting images of the human toll that
this ideologically motivated artificial famine exacted.
at War 1941-1945Paperback: 1100 pages
Alexander Werth unfolds in startling human terms the story of the Russian
people and their leaders in the Soviet conflict with the Nazis from
the disasters of the Second World War to the beginnings of the Cold
War. This modern classic of Russian history captures every aspect of
the grim but heroic Soviet-German war that turned Russia into the most
powerful nation in the Old World.
Record - The Definitive History of the Chernobyl CatastropheHardcover: 402 pages Chernobyl Record provides historical scientific record of
the events leading up to and the aftermath of Chernobyl. Includes
eye-witness records and an extensively illustrated documentary. This
is a detailed reference book and a moving account of the events surrounding
this horrific tragedy.