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The Story of Russia

by Orlando Figes

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The Story of Russia by Orlando Figes
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    Sep 2022, 368 pages

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A revelatory journey through Russia's unique history.

In The Story of Russia, British historian and writer Orlando Figes shares panoramic and authoritative insight into the heritage of this vast and complex country. Figes posits the theory that an understanding of Russia's past is crucial if one is to unpack the logic of contemporary politics and access the mindset of ruling elites: "Contemporary Russian politics are too often analyzed without knowledge of the country's past."

Traveling back to the foundation of the state of Rus in the ninth century, Figes leads his readers on a revelatory journey that terminates with Russia's expansion of its invasion into Ukraine in February of 2022. This sweeping chronology is comprised of numerous micro-stories, stretching from the days of the commonwealth-style Kievan Rus to Putin's exploitation of history to achieve his own vision of Russia. Figes shows how recorded events are open to reimagined ...

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