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  • A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Discover the captivating history of Russia!

Russia, or the Russian Federation, as it is officially known, is the world’s largest country and covers almost a sixth of the global landmass. The country is often associated with harsh climates and autocratic government. The shadow of communism and the Cold War continues to influence global attitudes toward Russia. 

This new Captivating History audiobook serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking Prince Rurik in AD 862 until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. 

In Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More, you will discover topics such as:

  • The foundation of Rus
  • The Christianization of Rus
  • The fragmentation and subjugation of Rus
  • The rise of Muscovy
  • Overthrowing the Tatar yoke
  • Gathering the Russian lands
  • The birth of a dynasty
  • The road to reform
  • Imperial majesty
  • Enlightened despotism
  • Reform and reaction
  • War and revolution
  • Terror and upheaval
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Cold War
  • Reform and collapse
  • And much, much more!

So, listen to this audiobook now if you want to discover more about the startling history of Russia!

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A Stepping Stone

This short overview is a good introduction to Russian history and can be used as a stepping stone for deeper reading.

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  • Paul
  • 19-11-2018

greater depth

If you listen to it, you'll have a very basic understanding of Russia's history, culture, peoples, and ideas.

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  • Adian
  • 19-11-2018

great introduction

The title of the book best describes it: a very nice introduction to Russian history. The book is factual without the human drama and foibles that make history interesting,

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  • Raymond Ava
  • 19-11-2018

Good organizing audiobook

Really easy to understand overview of Russian history. Will need a further reading of other texts to fully understand Russia and its peoples.

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  • Estrella Micheal
  • 18-11-2018

Easy to read and fulfilled by needs

Very useful overview of Russian history. In preparation for a trip to Russia, I learned to a lot for this very rich short overview, full of an interesting and relevant aspect of the main personalities and events in Russian history

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  • Suz
  • 18-04-2021

good basic history for the uninitiated

I re-read this several times during January in the pandemic and it kept my attention. What I liked most about the story was the chronological structure and the focus on the big picture. It is too easy to get lost in details especially when writing about the Russian revolution, but the author successfully navigates through and beyond the teens and twenties of the 20th century without losing focus on the slow evolution of the Russian soul and political identity to bring us into the present with a 3 dimensional view of who is Russian and what is Russia. Recommended reading!

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  • Elizabeth
  • 02-02-2021

Great Info!

Great info here, the tone of the reading gets kind of monotonous as it's "chipper-friendly" the whole time and not very conversational but as a whole Great listen.

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  • Felisa Kay Chaloupek.
  • 18-12-2020

a brief but complete history

it was easy to follow. just a brief history but does an overview of it's history to modern times. well read. it's my first history of Russia so I'm happy with the introduction

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  • Samantha R
  • 04-08-2020

Wish it was more in-depth

While this was a good overview of Russian history, each segment was view brief with details few and far between. I easily got through this in a single afternoon which shows how much it rushed through the history of an entire country.

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  • Raul Duran
  • 10-06-2020

Very American centered description

Very American centered description of post czarist Russia. Almost as if the State Department wrote it.

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  • MJK1
  • 25-03-2020

A Brief History To Start Off Your Learning

This was billed as a brief history and it certainly delivered on that. For a beginner to Russian History, as I am, this was a nice introductory book. It certainly leaves room for more in depth study with other books, which would be more focused on specific events or time periods.

I do have to say I found the narration lacking. I read a previous review calling it “robotic” and I certainly have to second it. In addition, he mispronounced many words. And not in a tomato/to-mah-to kind of way, but really straightforward things. Like mispronouncing the country of Belarus. Or the word debacle. Many other examples abound and it was a bit distracting.

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  • S. Earla
  • 19-11-2018

this excellent book

Russia is a country apart with a sweeping and fabulous cultural and History dimension that few Westerners appreciate. Most of the comments on the book rating it highly are accurate.

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  •  Dimitr Nikolai
  • 19-11-2018

reflection of Russian history

Overall, an excellent book. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in Russian history.Interesting book, examining ever

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  • Derya
  • 19-11-2018

fascinating

I found the book intensely interesting and informative. It's essential for anyone with an interest in Russian History and for anyone who wants to understand this most enigmatic of countries.

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  • Delja
  • 19-11-2018

helps understand the Country

One window is not enough to explore Russia's History because there is more than one Russia and more than one History. And Figes does an excellent job of exploring the cultures of all these Russias.

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  • James
  • 19-11-2018

Incredible history of the Russia

Good history of the Events with interesting details including how Lenin used Germany, the U.S., and others to gain and keep power.

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  • Fable
  • 19-11-2018

begin exploring Russian history

Very detailed history with some intriguing bits about the Rulers though out the history of Russia. I enjoyed it for its historical value. I learned a surprising amount of information.

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  • Aalyah Abbie
  • 19-11-2018

This is a good a high level overview

It is presented in a historical sequence and tracks how the many influences on the development of Russian society from powerful Kings or religious belief have had their impact.

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  • Benjamin Filip
  • 19-11-2018

I am very happy with my purchase

I like the book because it is easy reading but most of all deals more in historical social, economic and political issues than historical.

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  • Jacey Leesha
  • 19-11-2018

interesting book

My wife is interested in Russin history, culture, and language, and I gave him this for Christmas. He's found it very interesting.

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  • Kassabov Nikolay
  • 19-11-2018

the modern era by a first-class historian

This book was very helpful to me in preparation for a program on Russia, Although I would have liked more history, The book gave sufficient information for the limited time I had.

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