This book is a brief, lucid account of Russian and Soviet history from ancient Kievan Rus' to the present day. Equal attention is paid to the early and the modern periods of Russian history. The author has revised this new edition to include the dramatic changes in the Soviet Union and its foreign policy during Gorbachev's first five years in office. The text is supplemented with maps and illustrations and includes bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Designed for use by students in either a one- or two-semester introductory course in Russian history, Russia and the Soviet Union will also be valuable to any reader seeking to become acquainted with the story of the Russian people—their tribulations and courage, tragedies and triumphs, and their remarkable contribution to world culture.
Table of Contents
Preface -- General Theories of Crime, Law and Sanctions -- Law, Order and Sociology -- The Origins of the Conflict– Consensus Debate -- The Debate in the Nineteenth Century -- Twentieth-Century Resolutions -- Testing General Theories -- Theory Testing with the Nation-State -- England and Wales as a Test Case -- Law and Order in Canada -- The State of the Subject -- The Debate on Methodology: Positivism and Praxis -- Conclusions -- Technical Notes to Chapters
"John M. Thompson taught Russian history at Indiana University for seventeen years and is currently a visiting professor at Dartmouth College. He is also the author of Revolutionary Russia: 1917. "