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  • #15368

    Edgar Aurelius
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    Does anyone have any suggestions on good books on Ancient Russian History. Edgar

  • #16736

    anonymous
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    Does anyone have any suggestions on good books on Ancient Russian History. Edgar

    how far back do you want to go?  The Cambridge Medieval Textbook, Medieval Russia 980-1584 is nice.  I'm not sure what is available for earlier than that time period.  That's early House of Rurik time, and I don't know how many sources survive from before the 9th Century.

  • #16737

    Barefoot Bree
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    Hello, Edgar! No ideas for books, but if you'd like a podcast, I can't recommend strongly enough The Russian Rulers Podcast by Mark Schauss. He started way back with Rurik, and has made it all the way up to Stalin with plans to bring it right up to present, I believe. I'm fairly certain he made many book recommendations all the way through, as well.

  • #16738

    Barefoot Bree
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    Well, that was interesting timing. Just in this last episode, Mark announced two things:1) he's launching a new website to go with the podcast, http://www.RussianRulersHistory.com. I just checked; it's up and running with a couple of small blog posts, but he has plans for much bigger things.2) this summer he hopes to release an ebook based on the written transcripts of the podcasts from episode 1 through Peter the Great. Links will be on the above website.

  • #16739

    Jamie
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    An ebook is a really interesting idea.  I might have to steal his idea sometime in the future.  ;)

  • #16740

    Barefoot Bree
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    I sincerely hope you do….

  • #16741

    Diane
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    If you're interested in Russian history (not necessarily ancient) and biographies I would recommend the biographies by Robert Massie:-Peter the Great: His Life and World (1981)-This one covers Peters life but also includes a ton of information on other European rulers, and shifts in Russian society due to modernization.-The Romanovs: The Final Chapter (1995)-This one deals with the execution at Ekaterinburg and the conspiracies surrounding potential survivors (Anna Anderson ect).-Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia (2000)-Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011)Also on Russian history (again not ancient), I'm presently reading The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy (2009) (Translated by Cathy Porter). If you've seen the film The Last Station and were intrigued by the relationship between Tolstoy and Sofia then this book is very interesting!

  • #16742

    anonymous
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    here's another book to look into:The Emergence of Rus: 750-1200 by Simon Franklin and Jonathan ShepardAnd I'll second the recommendation for the Russian Rulers History Podcast.

  • #16743

    anonymous
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    I highly recommend Russka by Edward Rutherfurd.

  • #16744

    Kbird
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    I, too, listen to Mark Schauss.  He's really very good.

  • #16745

    anonymous
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    I have subscribed to the Russian Rulers podcast, but haven't listened to any yet. Still playing catch up on all the British History podcasts I've missed!

  • #16746

    Jacob_Stevens
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    I am currently reading Nicholas and Alexandra right now.  It's a great work by a great author, Robert K. Massie.  Massie has produced so many good works concerning Russia.  I think Russian history started out as somewhat of a personal interest for him and then developed into something really big.  It started out with his son getting hemophilia and he read about the last Russian royal family and their challenges with Alexei their heir having hemophilia.  Neat story.  But yeah, Russian history is quite interesting and VERY bloody.  My major is Russian language and literature, so I have researched a lot into this and hope to do so more in the future.  I hope you find more resources!

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