Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

by Serhii Plokhy
Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

by Serhii Plokhy

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Overview

From a preeminent scholar of Eastern Europe and the prizewinning author of Chernobyl, the essential history of Russian imperialism.

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea and attempted to seize a portion of Ukraine -- only the latest iteration of a centuries-long effort to expand Russian boundaries and create a pan-Russian nation. In Lost Kingdom, award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues that we can only understand the confluence of Russian imperialism and nationalism today by delving into the nation's history. Spanning over 500 years, from the end of the Mongol rule to the present day, Plokhy shows how leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Joseph Stalin to Vladimir Putin exploited existing forms of identity, warfare, and territorial expansion to achieve imperial supremacy.

An authoritative and masterful account of Russian nationalism, Lost Kingdom chronicles the story behind Russia's belligerent empire-building quest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465098491
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 169,045
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. The New York Times bestselling author of  The Gates of Europe and Nuclear Folly, Plokhy is an award-winning author of numerous books. He lives in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

List of Maps xiii

I Inventing Russia

1 The Birth of the Tsardom 3

2 The Third Rome 19

3 The Imperial Nation 37

II The Reunification of Rus'

4 The Enlightened Empress 55

5 The Polish Challenge 71

6 The Battle for the Borderlands 85

III The Tripartite Nation

7 The Advent of Ukraine 105

8 Great, Little, and White 121

9 Killing the Language 137

IV The Revolution of Nations

10 The People's Song 157

11 The Fall of the Monarchy 175

12 The Russian Revolution 191

V The Unbreakable Union

13 Lenin's Victory 211

14 National Communism 227

15 The Return of Russia 245

16 The Great Patriotic War 259

17 The Soviet People 277

VI The New Russia

18 Red Flag Down 299

19 The Russian World 317

20 The Russian War 333

Epilogue 347

Acknowledgments 353

Notes 355

Bibliography 369

Index 379

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