Book Review / September 6, 2020
Book Review - Russia and the Russians

Russia and the Russians

A History
By: Geoffrey Hosking

Book Reivew

It seems to happen that, with the larger history books, I get waylaid by many of life's busyness, and it takes me quite a while to read them. Hosking's book is no exception.

Compared to the recent histories I have read, I was surprised that Russia's begins much later than these others (Persia, China, and India). I generally enjoyed Geoffrey Hosking's style, and I appreciated his effort at scholarly explanation and narrative style. Occasionally I felt that he recapitulated too often and with larger stroke than what my preference is. Perhaps folks who are more versed in Russian history than I am would find more value in this.

Geoffrey does a good job bringing us into the present with Putin in power, and you have a good feel for how that happened. I found the role of the Orthodox Church fascinating in Russian history fascinating, and I derived many lessons from this that I can apply to my current American context.

As is normal with the histories I have read, there are many helpful endnotes for further study. I'm glad I read the book, and I look forward to further study in the future.

Book Review / Sep 6
Book Review - Russia and the Russians

Russia and the Russians

A History
By: Geoffrey Hosking

Book Reivew

It seems to happen that, with the larger history books, I get waylaid by many of life's busyness, and it takes me quite a while to read them. Hosking's book is no exception.

Compared to the recent histories I have read, I was surprised that Russia's begins much later than these others (Persia, China, and India). I generally enjoyed Geoffrey Hosking's style, and I appreciated his effort at scholarly explanation and narrative style. Occasionally I felt that he recapitulated too often and with larger stroke than what my preference is. Perhaps folks who are more versed in Russian history than I am would find more value in this.

Geoffrey does a good job bringing us into the present with Putin in power, and you have a good feel for how that happened. I found the role of the Orthodox Church fascinating in Russian history fascinating, and I derived many lessons from this that I can apply to my current American context.

As is normal with the histories I have read, there are many helpful endnotes for further study. I'm glad I read the book, and I look forward to further study in the future.

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