Events that Changed Russia Since 1855

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Frank W. Thackeray
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - 244 strani

Since Alexander II ascended to the Russian throne in 1855 and implemented a series of modernizing reforms, including the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, Russia has found itself in the throes of continuous upheaval, caught between the autocratic traditions of empire and the dawn of the modern era. As the advent of industrialization and two world wars thrust Russia onto the global stage, the ramifications of its tumultuous history have been felt throughout the western world. This unique resource presents and evaluates ten of the most critical events in modern Russian history from the pivotal years of 1855-1991, including the Russian Industrial Revolution, the fall of the monarchy, the Stalin era, the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. A full chapter is devoted to each event, and each chapter includes a factual introduction to the event, as well as an in-depth interpretative essay exploring its underlying causes, factors, and effects. Coverage for each event also includes an annotated bibliography of works suitable for students and an illustration for each. A glossary of terms, a timeline of Russian history from 1853-2004, a list of Russian/Soviet rulers and a population chart serve as ready reference materials for students looking to understand this critical period in world history.

Since Alexander II ascended to the Russian throne in 1855 and implemented a series of modernizing reforms, including the emancipation of the serfs in 1861, Russia has found itself in the throes of continuous upheaval, caught between the autocratic traditions of empire and the dawn of the modern era. As the advent of industrialization and two world wars thrust Russia onto the global stage, the ramifications of its tumultuous history have been felt throughout the western world. This unique resource presents and evaluates ten of the most critical events in modern Russian history from the pivotal years of 1855-1991, including the Russian Industrial Revolution, the fall of the monarchy, the Stalin era, the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

A full chapter is devoted to each event, and each chapter includes a factual introduction to the event, as well as an in-depth interpretative essay exploring its underlying causes, factors, and effects. Coverage for each event also includes an annotated bibliography of works suitable for students and an illustration for each. A glossary of terms, a timeline of Russian history from 1853-2004, a list of Russian/Soviet rulers and a population chart serve as ready reference materials for students looking to understand this critical period in world history.

 

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1 The Great Reforms 18611874
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Recently emancipated Russian serfs pose in their Sunday fi nest
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2 The Rise of the Radical Intelligentsia 18621881
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George V Plekhanov 18561918 universally recognized as Russias fi rst Marxist spent much of his adult life in exile in Switzerland
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3 Industrialization 18811913
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Railroad development such as this newly constructed cut for a railway line in Ukraine played a major role in Russias Industrial Revolution
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4 The Revolution of 1905
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Bloody Sunday January 22 1905 saw the massacre of peaceful unarmed workers who had marched on the Winter Palace to petition the tsar for redre...
66
8 World War II 19411945
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Joseph V Stalin and German Foreign Minister Joachim v Ribbentrop look on as Soviet Foreign Minister Viacheslav M Molotov signs the August 23 1...
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9 The Cold War 19451991
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In July 1959 US Vice President Richard M Nixon angrily confronted Soviet leader Nikita S Khrushchev during the famous kitchen debate at a US ex...
170
10 The Collapse of the Soviet Union 1991
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Soviet leader Mikhail S Gorbachev looks on in befuddlement as he tries to comprehend the collapse of Communism and the disintegration of the Sov...
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Glossary
211
Timeline
219

5 World War I 19141918
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Russian dead litter the road after yet another World War I defeat
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6 The Russian Revolution and Civil War 19171921
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On November 7 1917 Bolshevik forces successfully stormed the Winter Palace and seized control of Russia
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7 The Stalin Era 19281953
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Joseph V Stalin foreground viewed his colleague Sergei M Kirov head of the Leningrad Communist Party with growing suspicion
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Rulers
229
Population Data
231
Index
233
About the Editor and Contributors
243
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Frank W. Thackeray is Professor of History at Indiana University Southeast. He is editor of the Greenwood Press Events that Changed the World and Histories of Modern Nations series. He is currently working on a two-volume history of Modern Russia, due out in 2007.

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