Introduction 1: Kievan Rus and the Mongols 2: The Formation of the Muscovite state 3: The Russian Empire and Europe 4: The Responsibilities and dangers of Empire 5: Reform and revolution 6: The Soviet Union's turbulent rise 7: The Soviet Union: triumph, decline and fall Chronology Further Reading Glossary
Geoffrey Hosking was formerly Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL from 1984 to 2007. He has written numerous books including Beyond Socialist Realism (Holmes and Meier, 1980), A History of the Soviet Union (Fontana Press, 1992), Russia and the Russians (Penguin, 2001), and Trust: money, markets, and society (Calcultta & London, 2010). He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Hosking is a master storyteller * The Week *
A beautifully written volume ... Hosking gives us significant details and real insight * Spectator *
recommend[ed] to everyone who is eager to get an insight view into Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet history of the (until now) biggest country in Eurasia. * Zaur Gasimov, Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas *