Between East and West by R. D. Charques
The Origins of Modern Russia: 862-1953

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An authoritative short history of Russia, from the mysterious origins of the nation-state to the death of Stalin 
A classic work now back in print for the first time since 1956—and still regarded as one of the groundbreaking books on the subject—this narrative history of Russia was the first to encompass the myth-befogged beginnings of the nation-state, the rise and cataclysmic fall of tsarism, and the Spartan years of the U.S.S.R.  Charques emphasizes three points of view: that autocracy has played a dominant role throughout all of Russian history; that serfdom is the fabric of Russia’s social history; and that it is of paramount importance to recognize Russia’s present regime under Putin and Medvedev as the latest phase in a long history of oppression.
 

About R. D. Charques

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R. D. Charques was born in London in 1899. He was best known as a literary critic for the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Times. Charques is also the author of The Soviets and the Next War and Soviet Education. Mr. Charques died in 1959.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 304 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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