Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East
Russia is a country of contradictions: a nation of cultural refinement and artistic originality and yet also a country that rules by 'the iron fist'. In this riveting history, Martin Sixsmith shows how Russia's complex identity has been formed over a thousand years, and how it can help us understand its often baffling behaviour at home and abroad.
Combining in-depth research and interviews with his personal experiences as a former BBC Moscow correspondent, Sixsmith skilfully traces the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past, and explains the nation's seemingly split personality as the result of influences that have divided it for centuries.
A Sunday Times bestseller, Russia is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of this country, and its unique place in the modern world.
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Review: Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild EastUser Review - Alexus - Goodreads
Decent history, but I have a few problems with it. First, it's more a history of the Soviet Union than of Russia. All of pre-Soviet history is covered within the first hundred pages or so and almost ... Read full review
Review: Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild EastUser Review - Nancy - Goodreads
This book definitely helped tie things together for me. I'm reading about the Armenians now, and they hardly get a mention in this book, but their histories are intertwined. You can only cover so much. I found it helped to have recently re-read War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Read full review