This text has established itself as the best general introduction to Russian history, providing a forceful and highly readable survey from earliest times to the post-Soviet State. At the heart of the book is the changing relationship between the State and Russian society at large. The second edition has been substantially rewritten and updated and new material and fresh insights from recently accessible research have been incorporated into every chapter.
1. The origins of the Russian empire 2. The genesis of Russian absolutism 3. The prime of the empire 4. The great reforms and the development of the revolutionary intelligentsia 5. Industrialisation and revolution 6. The end of the Russian empire 7. 1917 8. Civil War and the consolidation of Bolshevik power 9. Stalin's revolution from above 10. World war and cold war 11. Stabilisation under Khrushchev and Brezhnev 12. Stagnation and decline 13. Perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union.14. Epilogue