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Story of Russia

'An excellent short study'

«Orlando Figes’s latest book provides fascinating insights into this contemporary conundrum. The Story of Russia is a truly incisive and important dissection of Russia’s troubled past, both real and mythical, but it also provides a crucial context for understanding the present»

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Detaljer

Forlag
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
368
ISBN
9781526631756
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
20 x 13 cm

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«Orlando Figes’s latest book provides fascinating insights into this contemporary conundrum. The Story of Russia is a truly incisive and important dissection of Russia’s troubled past, both real and mythical, but it also provides a crucial context for understanding the present»

Jewish Chronicle

«This book is a timely reminder of the malign uses to which history can be put»

Politics Home

«A brilliantly concentrated meditation on the power of myth and history, and the ability of both to form and deform and guide and misguide the present. Thoughtful, nuanced and above all persuasive, it shows how we are all trapped in the loops and coils of myth, memory and forgetting, and demonstrates the urgent need for historians to remember, and insist on the truth»

William Dalrymple, Books of the Year, Spectator

«To understand Russia’s autocratic present, you must examine its past – although Russia’s perception of that past is ever-shifting. Its founding myths have shaped its history right up to the present. “Russia is a country held together by ideas rooted in its distant past, histories continuously reconfigured and repurposed to suit its present needs»

Best Non-fiction of 2022, Irish Times

«The Story of Russia by Orlando Figes (Bloomsbury, £25) looks 900 years earlier, to the national myths that Putin exploited in his invasion of Ukraine. “The country’s past will be reinvented by the Russian state as its needs change,” Figes observes»

Best History Books of 2022, Telegraph

«Figes’s book is an absorbing and enlightening read, a triumph of concision, analysis and insight»

Daily Mail

«A lucid chronological journey that ably illustrates how narratives from the nation’s past have been used to shape its autocratic present»

Observer

«If you really want to understand Putin’s Russia today, anchored in its past of myths, then you simply have to read Figes’s superb account in The Story of Russia»

Antony Beevor

«An indispensable survey of more than 1,000 years of history shows how myth and fact mix dangerously in the tales this crucial country tells about itself»

Guardian

«Figes skilfully assesses the evolution of the forms of government and society that inhibited the development of controls of the tsar»

BBC History Magazine

«Accessible and epic . . . A great introduction to an enthralling subject»

History Revealed

«An impressive account of the ideas, myths and ideologies that have shaped that country and the way its people interpret the past . . . Figes’s book offers a valuable, instructive overview»

Independent

«Anyone who wants to detox from Putin’s mythomanic claims about Russia’s history and what it means for today’s world will find some relief in The Story of Russia . . . Figes presents Russia’s history in a straightforward manner»

Irish Independent

«[An] imaginative sweep and a capacity to encapsulate in a memorable way»

TLS

«Beautifully brief, The Story of Russia shows centuries of regimes that revisit their past to manipulate the future, and eternally start from the wrong place acting in venal self-interest rather than the true national interest»

Best Books of 2022, Financial Times

«Orlando Figes provides valuable lessons about the importance of mythologizing the country’s past in his sweeping new survey of Russian history»

New York Times

«Sweeping and concise . . . It is a skilled piece of compression»

Tablet

«This is a brilliant condensation – his analysis of Soviet Russia is superb – of a seriously complex tale»

Spectrum

«A magnificent, magisterial thousand year history of Russia . . . its tsars and tyrants, wars and massacres, ideas and dreams vividly drawn, its analysis of Russian power and empire essential reading today»

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of THE ROMANOVS and STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR

«An expert on Russia delivers a crucially relevant study . . . A lucid, astute text that unpacks the myths of Russian history to help explain present-day motivations and actions»

Kirkus (starred review)

«Urgent and revelatory and brilliantly told, it’s all the things you pray a book will be when you first pick it up»

Peter Morgan

«Excellent short study»

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

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