The history of Russia, Edition: 2nd ed by Ziegler, Charles E

By Ziegler, Charles E

When first released, Charles Ziegler's The background of Russia used to be acclaimed as a resource of knowledge no longer simply stumbled on in other places, and as "clear, balanced, and insightful," through Rajan Menon of Lehigh collage. Now Ziegler's amazing quantity returns, totally up-to-date to be the paintings of selection for readers trying to find an creation to the historical past of the world's greatest country.

The historical past of Russia: moment Edition strikes from the 10th-century founding of Kievan Rus to the czars to the Communist period to the current, with specific emphasis at the fall of the Soviet Union and the management of Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin. as well as a brand new bankruptcy at the tumultuous final decade, this version good points an up to date creation and an elevated bankruptcy at the Yeltsin Era.

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At the top was the princely class, served by the druzhina. Next in the hierarchy were the boyar nobility, who 12 The History of Russia energetically defended their interests against princely encroachment, and the Orthodox clergy. Below the boyars and clergy were the liudi or free middleclass, comprised largely of urban craftsmen, the owners of blacksmith shops, tanneries, or carpentry shops, and moderately prosperous merchants and rural landowners. Urban workers and free peasants without property constituted the next level of society.

But Russia’s young writers and artists are more interested in making money than in being creative. Movie theaters and video stores, for example, are stocked with gangster films and pornography. Cheap detective and romance novels fill the bookstores. Talented painters produce schlock for the tourist markets. Happily, there are still Russia’s magnificent museums: 8 The History of Russia the Hermitage Museum, which rivals New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art or the British Museum; Moscow’s Pushkin Museum, with its excellent Impressionist exhibit; and the Russian Museum in St.

By the middle of the 15th century, the oncepowerful Mongol empire had been reduced to a smattering of small khanates along the lower Volga in Kazan, Astrakhan, and the Crimea. Vasilii II (1425–1462) ruled Moscow during a period of constant civil strife and repeated Tatar incursions. Lithuania threatened Moscow from the west, while in the east, the fragmentation of the Golden Horde enabled Vasilii II to consolidate his power and eliminate virtually all of the surviving Russian appanages by 1456.

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