Russia: A 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East

Russia: A 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East


By (author) Martin Sixsmith

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Paperback | 611 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 40mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1468305018
  • ISBN 13: 9781468305012
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, black & white plates, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 980,570

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Combining in-depth research with his personal experiences as the BBC Moscow correspondent for almost twenty years, Sixsmith tells Russia's full and fascinating story, from its foundation in the last years of the tenth century to the first years of the twenty-first, skillfully tracing the conundrums of modern Russia to their roots in its troubled past. Covering politics, music, literature and art, he explores the myths Russians have created from their history. Marking the twentieth anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, "Russia" is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complex political landscape of Russia and its unique place in the modern world.

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MARTIN SIXSMITH is the author of "Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System, The Litvinenko file: The True Story of a Death Foretold, " and two novels. Educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the Sorbonne, he was the BBC Moscow correspondent for many years.

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""Russia" delivers a thoroughly satisfying history...a lively opinionated narrative." -- "Publishers Weekly" ""Russia, a 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East" has all the ingredients to become the leading popular history of Russia. Colloquial, personal and anecdotal in style . . . well researched and factually sound." -- "The Times Literary Supplement" "Sixsmith immerses readers in the Russian landscape and peoples with descriptions of places he's visited and quotations of poetry . . . Sixsmith effectively updates the continuities of Russian history, motivating readers to check out such scholarly surveys as Russia and the Russians, by Geoffrey Hosking." -- "Booklist" "Among the many contemporary books about Russia, general readers are likely to choose Sixsmith's 600-page tome for its comprehensiveness and air of authority. As popular history, it is enjoyable and engaging." -- Reading Behind the Lines, Russia "This entertaining, informative book presents a sweeping portrait of the entirety of Russian history from the founding of the first state on Russian soil in the ninth century to the present." -- CHOICE