A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin by Galeotti, Mark

A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin

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"Terrific - and an amazing achievement to cover so much ground in such a short and wonderfully readable book."
-Peter Frankopan, bestselling author of The Silk Roads

Russia's epic story told in an accessible, lively and short form, using the country's fascinating history to help us understand its actions today and what the future might hold

A country with no natural borders, no single ethnic group, no true central identity, Russia has mythologized its past to unite its people, to justify its military decisions, and to signal strength to outsiders. Mark Galeotti takes us behind the myths to the heart of the Russian story, covering key moments such as:
  • the formation of a nation through its early legends, including Ivan the Terrible and Catherine the Great
  • the rise and fall of the Romanovs, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, Chernobyl and the Soviet Union
  • the arrival of an obscure politician named Vladimir Putin and his ambitions for Russia

A Short History of Russia explores the history of this fascinating, extraordinary, desperate and exasperating country through two intertwined issues: the way successive influences from beyond its borders have shaped Russia, and the way Russians came to terms with this influence, writing and rewriting their past to understand their present and try to shape their future. In turn, this self-invented history has come to affect not just their constant nation-building project but also their relations with the world.




Author: Mark Galeotti
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Published: 07/07/2020
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.81w x 0.88d
ISBN: 9781335145703


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2020
Publishers Weekly 06/08/2020

About the Author
Galeotti, Mark: - Mark Galeotti is one of the most respected and provocative writers on Russia today. A historian and expert on modern Russia, he was educated at Cambridge University and the LSE, has taught and held academic leadership roles in the USA and UK, and worked as an adviser for the British Foreign Office. He is a prolific author with more than twenty books to his name, and briefs everyone from the State Department to Fortune 100 companies on understanding Russia.

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