A History of Russia
by Anne Davison
Starting with the Kievan Rus' in the 8th Century, this book traces Russian history to the present day. Chapters include the Mongol and Muscovy periods, the Romanov Dynasty, the Russian Revolution and the Soviet period. For most of its history, Russia has been ruled by autocrats, whether Imperial or Soviet. Is Present Vladimir Putin following in the tradition of autocracy, a Tsar in all but name?