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By Kees Boterbloem

This transparent and concentrated textual content offers an advent to imperial Russian and Soviet historical past from the crowning of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 to Vladimir Putin’s new time period. via a constant chronological narrative, Kees Boterbloem considers the political, army, fiscal, social, non secular, and cultural advancements and an important turning issues that led Russia from an unique backwater to superpower stature within the 20th century. the writer assesses the super fee paid via those that made Russia and the Soviet Union into this type of hegemonic strength, either in the neighborhood and globally. He considers the complicated and sundry interactions among Russians and non-Russians and investigates the explanations for the notable sturdiness of this final of the colonial powers, whose dependencies weren't granted independence until eventually 1991. He explores the continued legacies of this fraught decolonization technique at the Russian Federation itself and at the different states that succeeded the Soviet Union. the one textual content designed and written particularly for a one-semester path in this four-hundred-year interval, it's going to entice all readers drawn to studying extra concerning the background of the folks who've inhabited one-sixth of the earth’s landmass for centuries.

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