The history of Russia is an epic of unending struggle.
Here, from award-winning historian Ian Grey, is its dramatic story - from the establishment of the first ruling dynasty by a Viking prince to the invasions of Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan to the rise of the tsars, whose domination of their country stretched nearly four centuries until the violent overthrow of Nicholas II in 1918.
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To encapsulate the whole time line of the progressive evolution of the Russian State is a big task and this is necessarily going to touch lightly on events that for the common people will leave countless stories untold. How the events that the book describes translated into the daily lives of the common Russian is a common thought that sat with me through these chapters. However, history is a subject of great complexity and has been taken up by many other writers in a variety of texts. Having visited Russia, travelled across its Wintery expanse on the Railway , visiting many of the places mentioned in this account, it brings alive the turmoil and challenges of ruling such a vast expanse of the world. Grey has done a good job and sets up many staging points for the novice historian to delve into the detail that by necessity has had to be sidelined in order to produce this volume.