The Story of Russia (Hardback)
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The Story of Russia (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 01/09/2022
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From the bestselling author of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance comes a vibrant, authoritative history of the competing ideologies and self-perpetuating mythologies that have informed Russian history from the formation of the state of Rus to Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

From the great storyteller of Russia, a spellbinding account of the myths and ideologies that have shaped the country's past - and how they can inform its present.

No other country has reimagined its own past so frequently, or endured such vast differences in ruling ideologies, as Russia. This story begins in the first millennium, when the Viking-Slavic state of Kievan Rus was formed, and ends with Putin's war against Ukraine. Spanning the medieval myths of Russia's holy mission, the popular belief in a paternal tsar and the notion of the 'Russian soul', Orlando Figes explores the ideas that have guided the country's actions throughout its long and troubled history.

The Story of Russia is about the stories the Russians have told of their past, and the ideas that have shaped those stories, as much as it is about the events and institutions, social groups and leaders that make up that history. Here, Figes brings into sharp relief the recurrent themes that remain so important in understanding the country today through the vibrant characters of its rich history: from Boris and Gleb, the first saints of the Russian Church, to the crowning of sixteen-year-old Ivan the Terrible in a candlelit cathedral; and from Catherine the Great, riding out in a green uniform to arrest her husband at his palace, to the bitter last days of the Romanovs.

Beautifully written and based on a lifetime of scholarship, The Story of Russia is quintessential Figes: sweeping, suspenseful, masterful. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526631749
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


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Praise for Orlando Figes:

'Orlando Figes is an outstanding historian and writer, he brings distant history so close that you could feel its heartbeat' - Karl Ove Knausgaard

'There are a multitude of fascinating pieces of information to be gleaned from Orlando Figes's magisterial and wide-ranging book The Europeans... relevant, trenchant and searching' - William Boyd

'Meticulously detailed, exhaustively researched and written with Figes's characteristic verve... a sweeping tour de force and a monumental work' - Observer

'Magnificent. Beautifully written, immaculately researched and thoroughly absorbing... a tour de force' - Peter Frankopan

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“Russia - "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" Winston Churchill. This book helps to unpick the riddle.”

This is a terrific read. I’ve always been fascinated by Russian history (blame the biography of Anna Pavlova I was given as a child, and of course, the film “Doctor Zhivago”), and I have read a lot about it. Even... More

“A fine history.”

This is a fine book that brings the reader about as up to date as possible for a history book, covering as it does the early stages of the current war in Ukraine.

Engagingly written and full of great stories, the... More

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“Well written”

This is an important book to read to help understand what is happening between Russia and Ukraine at the moment. Orlando Figgs'writing is compelling, clear and obviously well researched.
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