Russia Through the Centuries The Historical Background of the U.S.S.R.
First Published in 1943 Russia Through the Centuries provides a comprehensive historical background of the U.S.S.R. The book tries to showcase how Russia grew through the centuries, and how the new Russia was a consummation of all that went before. It discusses themes such as the first Russian states and their early struggles; foundations of the Eastern Slav Empire; the reign of Catherine II; Alexander II and the era of reforms; Soviets taking control, and the U.S.S.R. and the Second World War. The author argues that a knowledge of Russian history should be more widespread in England and the former Anglo-Russian understandings were between Courts and the upper circles of society and consequently were not lasting. This book is an essential read for anyone interested in Russian history.
Preface 1. The Eastern Slavs 2. The First Russian States and Their Early Struggles 3. The Rise of Moscow and the Coming of Autocracy 4. Foundations of the Eastern Slav Empire 5. The Time of Troubles 6. Russia at the Cross-roads: Eastern or Western Influences? 7. Peter the Great and Western Reforms 8. Prussian Influences, the Period of Court Favourites and the Reign of Catherine II 9. The Influence of the French Revolution and Its Reaction 10. Alexander II and the Era of Reforms 11. Last Years of the Romanoffs 12. Failure of the Russian Liberals 13. The Soviets Take Control 14. The Second Agrarian Revolution 15. The U.S.S. R. and the Second World War Index