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    DescriptionRussia is a country of contradictions: a nation of cultural refinement and artistic originality and yet also a country that rules by 'the iron fist', with an ingrained eagerness to sacrifice the individual for the collectivist cause. 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 with his personal experiences as BBC Moscow correspondent for many 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, skilfully 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, and explains the nation's seemingly split personality as the result of influences that have divided it for centuries. Accompanying a landmark BBC Radio 4 series, and marking the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the USSR, "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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    Title
    Russia
    Subtitle
    A 1,000-year Chronicle of the Wild East
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Sixsmith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 624
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 1,003 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849900720
    ISBN 10: 1849900728
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVUA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HB
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    DC22: 947
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    BBC BOOKS
    Publication date
    19 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Martin Sixsmith studied at Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne. From 1980 to 1997 he was the BBC correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to Harriet Harman, Alistair Darling and Stephen Byers. He is now a writer, presenter and journalist. He has written two novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh, and is the author of three non-fiction titles - Moscow Coup: The Death of the Soviet System, The Litvinenko File: The True Story of a Death Foretold and The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search. He lives in London.