The Russian Federation: Then and Now

From the Series The Former Soviet Union: Then and Now
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Whether ruled by a czar, Soviet dictatorship, or today's authoritarian leader, the people of Russia have struggled with a destiny poised between East and West. This book examines the events that led to the Russian Revolution and the dramatic changes -- political, economic, and social -- that the Russian people have experienced both during the Soviet era and since the Soviet collapse.

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2015
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series The Former Soviet Union: Then and Now
Language English
Number of Pages 80
ISBN 9781601526922, 9781601526939B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2015-01-01
Author John Allen
Dewey 947.086

Library Media Connection

This series reveals that the Soviet Union heavily influenced its former satellites economically, socially, and politically. It highlights the atrocities that continue to haunt the cultural fabric of its former satellites. Each title succinctly narrates the current state of affairs of a specific region in order to guide the reader into its history, and then briefly explains the people who occupied the region prior to Soviet domination. Each title contains five focus chapters: geography, economy, politics, social, and future challenges. The pages are sprinkled with colorful paintings, glossy photographs, and boxes that contain pertinent quotes and excerpts from primary sources. Teachers will appreciate the discussion of the actions of the Soviet Union that directly influence contemporary affairs.


A five-book series on the former Soviet Union, these brief but balanced volumes contain enough information for an introduction to the subject, though only enough to supplement in a survey course, or serve as enough information to whet the appetite of students who may want to delve further into the topics. Each volume is colorful and eye-catching, continuing the yellow and red color scheme of the covers, each of which includes a map of the area being discussed, and the first page of each chapter mirrors the cover colors. All are similarly organized with a timeline, introduction that briefly discusses recent events, and five chapters that cover history, politics, economics, daily life, and the future, followed by source notes, facts, sources for further research, and an index. Some contain picture credits and author information. Illustrations are predominately from primary sources, in both black-and-white and color, and special topics of interest are spotlighted in color blocks. The use of quotations—also in colored blocks—brings the human aspect into the narrative. Although costly considering the length, this series deserves a place in all secondary school collections

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This series explores the various ways, both positive and negative, in which cell phones affect society and shape our modern lives and interactions with others. Readers will be drawn in by real-life examples and text boxes with supplemental information and quotes. Research is cited, but some statements that are presented as fact are not always supported. Although there is discussion about how children and teens are influenced by cell phones, particularly in Cell Phones and Teens, these are definitely aimed at high school readers. The large blocks of unbroken text and small type may be overwhelming to reluctant readers. Suitable choices.

Author: John Allen

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