• Russian History

  • A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the captivating history of Russia!

Russia, or the Russian Federation, as it is officially known, is the world’s largest country and covers almost a sixth of the global landmass. The country is often associated with harsh climates and autocratic government. The shadow of communism and the Cold War continues to influence global attitudes toward Russia. 

This new Captivating History audiobook serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking Prince Rurik in AD 862 until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. 

In Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More, you will discover topics such as:

  • The foundation of Rus
  • The Christianization of Rus
  • The fragmentation and subjugation of Rus
  • The rise of Muscovy
  • Overthrowing the Tatar yoke
  • Gathering the Russian lands
  • The birth of a dynasty
  • The road to reform
  • Imperial majesty
  • Enlightened despotism
  • Reform and reaction
  • War and revolution
  • Terror and upheaval
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Cold War
  • Reform and collapse
  • And much, much more!

So, listen to this audiobook now if you want to discover more about the startling history of Russia!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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greater depth

If you listen to it, you'll have a very basic understanding of Russia's history, culture, peoples, and ideas.

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great introduction

The title of the book best describes it: a very nice introduction to Russian history. The book is factual without the human drama and foibles that make history interesting,

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Good organizing audiobook

Really easy to understand overview of Russian history. Will need a further reading of other texts to fully understand Russia and its peoples.

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Easy to read and fulfilled by needs

Very useful overview of Russian history. In preparation for a trip to Russia, I learned to a lot for this very rich short overview, full of an interesting and relevant aspect of the main personalities and events in Russian history

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Good overview as introduction to Russia

The narrator was good, but needed to practice the standard pronunciations of historical / Russian names and place names.

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plain simple short

just like I said. plain simple short. can get you started on Russian history fast

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reminded me of basic schoolbook text

If you want just the basic names, facts, and dates this book has it...and not much more. There are a few more fleshed-out stories, and the book would be better for more. Then there's the cringe-worthy pronunciation of many both Russian AND English words. It's basic, and there's certainly better history out there

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good basic history for the uninitiated

I re-read this several times during January in the pandemic and it kept my attention. What I liked most about the story was the chronological structure and the focus on the big picture. It is too easy to get lost in details especially when writing about the Russian revolution, but the author successfully navigates through and beyond the teens and twenties of the 20th century without losing focus on the slow evolution of the Russian soul and political identity to bring us into the present with a 3 dimensional view of who is Russian and what is Russia. Recommended reading!

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Great Info!

Great info here, the tone of the reading gets kind of monotonous as it's "chipper-friendly" the whole time and not very conversational but as a whole Great listen.

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a brief but complete history

it was easy to follow. just a brief history but does an overview of it's history to modern times. well read. it's my first history of Russia so I'm happy with the introduction

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  • 01-21-22

Introduction to Russian history

This is a helpful introduction to the history of Russia. It gives an insight into the current tensions between Russia and other nations. A useful audio book. Thanks.

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  • 08-20-19

A Stepping Stone

This short overview is a good introduction to Russian history and can be used as a stepping stone for deeper reading.