RUSSIA by Michael Kort


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 Part of a new Nations in Transition series, a book in journalese. The first half of it is devoted to background (1,200 years of history, culture, geography). The second half deals with contemporary Russia and is about evenly divided into four chapters: ``Politics and Government,'' ``Building a New Economy,'' ``Daily Life'' (which covers, among other issues, youth, health, housing, and religion), and ``Problems and Prospects'' (crime, the environment, foreign policy). It includes a fairly detailed account of very recent history. Kort (Marxism in Power, 1993, etc.) writes in an awkward but sufficiently informative style. The coverage of Russian history is, necessarily, extremely selective, and does not make an ideal introduction to the subject. As for its portrait of contemporary Russia, it offers readers a panorama of facts, ideas, and quotes that would not be difficult to track down in periodicals, presented in a manner comparable to that of a newspaper. Readable in the absence of anything better. (b&w photos, index, not seen, chronology, bibliography.) (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8160-3061-8
Page count: 164pp
Publisher: Facts On File
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1995


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