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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

Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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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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  • 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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  • Vitaly Oleg Kheyfets
  • 01-02-2019

Very good!

The reading sounds a little robotic, but not too bad. Very nice summary of Russian history.

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  • Arthur
  • 19-11-2018

leadership styles

Now I understand why the Russian people are as they are. What a history. It is brief, but the explanation comes through without a lot of fluff that usually drowns out the basics.

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  • Kalab
  • 19-11-2018

thanks to this book

The best part it has suggested audiobook at the end if you wish to go more in-depth on a specific period of Russia's history. I will be looking more into both Russian history and the "A Very awesome Introduction" series,

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  • Erin danna
  • 18-11-2018

It is very good

A very GOOD history of Russia. The most important events are mentioned without going into details or explanation. It is recommended for those who want to learn quickly and with an overview of the most important historical events of that nation.

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  • S.GarcDia
  • 18-11-2018

Bought this for my SISTER

A quick breakdown of Russian history. Enough to pique your interest in other areas where you may wish to dig deeper with another more specialized title

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  • Armani
  • 18-11-2018

thought-provoking introduction

both an effective and thought-provoking introduction was his attempt to weave an understanding of the Russian people's mentality into his accounts of the historical events that made up Russia's rise as an empire.

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  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ella
  • 19-11-2018

Interesting - well written

Very detailed history with some intriguing bits about the Rulers though out the history of Russia. It is very informative, with facts that might not be taught in your history classes.

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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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  • Cora Amelia
  • 19-11-2018

I have thumbed through it

This history does not go as far as untangling today’s Russia, ending as it does with the last of the Romanovs, and the pre-revolutionary chaos and anarchy that marked their end. A broad history, but covered well.

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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.