By R. D. Charques
An authoritative brief historical past of Russia, from the mysterious origins of the geographical region to the loss of life of Stalin
A vintage paintings now again in print for the 1st time seeing that 1956—and nonetheless considered as one of many groundbreaking books at the subject—this narrative background of Russia was once the 1st to surround the myth-befogged beginnings of the geographical region, the increase and cataclysmic fall of tsarism, and the Spartan years of the U.S.S.R.
Charques emphasizes 3 issues of view: that autocracy has performed a dominant position all through all of Russian background; that serfdom is the material of Russia’s social heritage; and that it's of paramount significance to acknowledge Russia’s current regime less than Putin and Medvedev because the most modern part in an extended background of oppression.
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MULTIPOLARITY? OR BIPOLARITY REVISITED? The challenge of the metallic Russian kingdom was only temporarily rolled back in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Since then, the unipolar world order has made a brief reprise, much as the bipolar world order which arose circa 1914 receded, temporarily, into the background, until the 1930s with the re-emergence of Germany. In view of the bigger geopolitical picture which includes the fundamental and unprecedented forces at work in the international system since the turn of the 20th century, one must be careful not to make faulty assumptions about Russia, as many did about defeated Germany after WWI.
Against this backdrop the recent history of Russia is interesting indeed. Very late, only since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, has Russia learned the lessons of the un-wisdom of attempting, in the altered international system of the 20th & 21st centuries, to build empires. Russia, as the de facto metallic descendant of the eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empire, has a long history and culture of authoritarianism. This has been very difficult for Russia to get beyond. However, evidence strongly indicates Russia has gotten past its authoritarian/imperialist history, if only in the sphere of its external relations with other powers inside and outside its traditional sphere of influence.
S. S. global dominance. In concert with its rapidly growing list of strategic allies and partners, Russia is currently forming a new Eurasian center of power unequaled in history. Very interestingly, it does include to varying degrees and in varying ways the Persian (Iran), Page 46 of 319 Chapter III: The Inevitable Casting of Events Toward Bipolarity the Babylonian (Iraq), Germanic, French and Russian remnants of the previous metallic kingdoms. It also includes metallic (authoritarian) China, the resource-rich authoritarian regimes of Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Between East and West: The Origins of Modern Russia: 862-1953 by R. D. Charques