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« on: February 11, 2014, 11:39:55 AM »

Russia is probably the most fascinating country in the world to me. Hard to pinpoint exactly why. I want to learn more about it.

Anyone know of a good, non-biased history book about Russia? Needs to be in English. I know they have a lot of history, but id like a single averaged sized book if possible, rather than a whole set of volumes about Russia.

This is random i know.
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 11:45:12 AM »

The Russian Chronicles is a good start. It covers the dawn of Kievan Rus', through to the glasnost period.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Russian-Chronicles-Norman-Stone/dp/0712637648
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 12:13:05 PM »

Hey, I've been looking for one of those as well.  I'll definitely put that book on my wish list.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 12:34:39 PM »

Just ordered one in 'very good condition - used' for $0.77 USD plus shipping from Amazon US.

You have to type in the author's name with the book title to bring it up to the top in the site search engine.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2014, 12:44:07 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_K._Massie

Robert Massie has several books about Russia, particularly the Romanovs.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2014, 12:44:29 PM »

I have both of my Russian History text books from college at home.  I can't recall the names off the top of my head, but if someone reminds me via PM I will check when I get home.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2014, 02:45:00 PM »

I have both of my Russian History text books from college at home.  I can't recall the names off the top of my head, but if someone reminds me via PM I will check when I get home.
This is a standard textbook in most university courses for the history of Russia:
Nicholas Riasanovsky. History of Russia. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Most public libraries will have a copy.

 A History of Russia
by Riasanovsky, Nichola
ISBN: 0195-12179-1
ISBN 13: 978-0195-12179-7
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 1999-11-15
Binding: HARDCOVER
List Price: USD 61.95


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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2014, 03:09:02 PM »

Russian History: A Very Short Introduction (short, but tightly packed)
The Penguin Book of Modern Russia (thorough, but obviously doesn't go all the way back)
Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East (a favourite; consider also the radio series the book spun out of - it is available on two 5-disc sets)

Encyclopedia of Russian History (older, single-volume, good value)
Encyclopedia of Russian History (4 lush volumes; you gets what you pays for)
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2014, 08:29:09 AM »

Thank you everyone for the response! I have been away from the computer and haven't been able to respond until now, but ill check some of these out!
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 12:48:37 PM »

Ok, I found them.

For pre-revolution history we had A History of Russia, Vol. 1: http://www.amazon.com/History-Russia-Volume-European-Eurasian/dp/1843310236/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392310649&sr=8-2&keywords=a+history+of+russia+vol+1

For post 1917 my professor preferred The Soviet Experiment.  The one on Amazon has a different cover but I recognize the name author's name:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Soviet-Experiment-Russia-Successor/dp/0195340558

 
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2014, 03:08:32 PM »

Anyone have any opinions on this volume?

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia by Figes

http://www.amazon.com/Natashas-Dance-Cultural-History-Russia/dp/0312421958
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