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Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917

Russia People and Empire The Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble once again the great nation a perfect scenario but for one point Russia was never a nation And this says the eminent historian Geoffrey Ho

  • Title: Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917
  • Author: Geoffrey Hosking
  • ISBN: 9780674781191
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble, once again the great nation a perfect scenario, but for one point Russia was never a nation And this, says the eminent historian Geoffrey Hosking, is at the heart of the Russians dilemma today, as they grapple with the rudiments of nationhood His book is about the Russia that never was, a 300 year history oThe Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble, once again the great nation a perfect scenario, but for one point Russia was never a nation And this, says the eminent historian Geoffrey Hosking, is at the heart of the Russians dilemma today, as they grapple with the rudiments of nationhood His book is about the Russia that never was, a 300 year history of empire building at the expense of national identity Russia begins in the 16th century, with the inception of one of the most extensive and diverse empires in history Hosking shows how this undertaking, the effort of conquering, defending, and administering such a huge mixture of territories and peoples, exhausted the productive powers of the common people and enfeebled their civic institutions Neither church nor state was able to project an image of Russian ness that could unite elites and masses in a consciousness of belonging to the same nation Hosking depicts two Russias, that of the gentry and of the peasantry, and reveals how the gap between them, widened by the Tsarist state s repudiation of the Orthodox messianic myth, continued to grow throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Here we see how this myth, on which the empire was originally based, returned centuries later in the form of the revolutionary movement, which eventually swept away the Tsarist Empire but replaced it with an even universalist one Hosking concludes his story in 1917, but shows how the conflict he describes continues to affect Russia right up to the present day.

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    1 thought on “Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917

    1. A solid, lengthy cultural history of Russia. Hosking's thesis is that Peter the Great's Westernizing forced a breach between people and empire, that has yet to heal. His reach is broad, covering the autocracy, administration, intelligentsia, and peasantry over the period from Ivan IV through the Bolshevik Revolution. My only gripe is that Hosking wraps too quickly, breezing through 1917, where he could be hammering his thesis home. Note: the Kindle edition is a complete mess. Don't read it. It's [...]

    2. An enjoyable introduction to Russian imperial history. His thesis that Russian empire-building obstructed Russian nation-building is one that I find quite convincing.

    3. The first thing I should say: this book is long. Like, 600-odd Kindle pages long; and probably closer closer to 800 when printed. So—you better like your Russian history.I dare say I’m not too familiar with reviewing non-fiction (alas my erudite charms stem from other sources) but, nevertheless, I feel this book is pretty good as these things go. Allow me to elaborateDetail, Accuracy and ScopeThis book is pretty detailed. But not nearly as detailed as you’d expect; a reality of any book th [...]

    4. Hugely detailed image of Russian societiesA very in-depth analysis of various facets of society in Imperial Russia, and the problems that the unusual growth of this society would bring. This is probably best if you've already got some grounding in the history of Tsarist Russia, as it's not a chronological history, and thus skips over entire Tsars on the basis that they did little of note. The eBook has a number of flaws (maps don't work, large number of typos such as Uves instead of lives) but v [...]

    5. InformativeI think this book is more aimed at people who are seriously considering Russian history and culture at University. I've read better books about Russia

    6. 4/5. overall a very good book for what it is. It seemed to skip over some things I'd have expected more on, like World War I, Lenin, The 1917 revolution. Id have liked a glossary of russian words as well, as it gets hard to follow when he stops defining them after a couple mentions. I did find this to be somewhat more engaging than I'd hqve expected, though it is still a touch on the dryer side. That can't always be avoided so I don't fault the author. On the plus, at least it had a timeline and [...]

    7. Thorough & interestingly written. I like how it organizes his book & chapters. I read it as an undergrad for a 300 level history class & it was a good book to assign for college students. It also helped me on my "core & periphery" analysis paper I had to do because of the way he organizes the book it was easy to utilize.

    8. I thought he gave a nice overview of Russian history pre-Soviet Era. Combined with other resources, this was a perfect base for my Russian history class. He uses simple language so the text is easy to follow. But he does not leave out analysis and discourse from the period.

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