Russia: People and Empire: 1552-1917 (Paperback)Geoffrey Hosking (author)
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`It is unlikely that a clearer, more stimulating account of the Russians' extraordinary period of imperial history will be written.' Philip Marsden, Spectator
Geoffrey Hosking's landmark book provides us with a new prism through which to view Russian history by posing the apparently simple question: what is Russia's national identity?
Hosking answers this with brilliant originality: his thesis is that the needs of Russia's empire prevented the creation of a Russian nation. The Tsars, and before them the Grand Dukes of Moscow, were empire builders rather than nation builders and, as consequence, profoundly alienated ordinary Russians.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 402 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 38 mm
`Hosking's book is a tour de force of historical argument, vividly written [and] courageously argumentative.' Michael Ignatieff, Observer
`Brilliant...an elegantly written, humane and rigorous work of empirical history.' Michael Burleigh, Independent on Sunday
`"Russia: People and Empire" is the most interesting and authoritative account of Russian imperial history in English. It is a masterful synthesis, intelligent and lucid, passionately argumentative, but always fair, which should be read by everyone who wants to understand the origins of Russia's predicament today.' Orlando Figes, The Times
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