100 Best Russian History Books


List of the greatest Russian history books. The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie


2. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie


3. Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert K. Massie


4. The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


5. Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia by Orlando Figes


6. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924 by Orlando Figes


7. Gulag by Anne Applebaum


8. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 by Antony Beevor


9. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore


10. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes


11. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter by Robert K. Massie


12. Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick


13. The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine by Robert Conquest


14. Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939–1945 by Catherine Merridale


15. The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II by Edvard Radzinsky


16. A History of Russia by Nicholas V. Riasanovsky


17. Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy by Douglas Smith


18. The Great Terror: A Reassessment by Robert Conquest


19. Ivan the Terrible by Henri Troyat


20. Catherine the Great by Henri Troyat


21. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder


22. The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture by James H. Billington


23. The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk


24. Journey into the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg


25. The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis


26. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives by Alan Bullock


27. Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s by Sheila Fitzpatrick


28. The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad by Harrison E. Salisbury


29. Stalin by Edvard Radzinsky


30. A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army by Vasily Grossman


31. Stalin by Robert Service


32. Russia: A 1000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East by Martin Sixsmith


33. Russian Thinkers by Isaiah Berlin


34. Ivan the Terrible by Pierre Stephen Robert Payne


35. Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power by Virginia Rounding


36. Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia’s City of Steel by John Scott


37. Ivan the Terrible by Isabel de Madariaga


38. The Rasputin File by Edvard Radzinsky


39. The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia by Greg King


40. Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia by Carolly Erickson


41. Letters from Russia by Astolphe de Custine


42. The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia’s Drift to Revolution 1825–1917 by Edward Crankshaw


43. Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia by Suzanne Massie


44. Pavlovsk : The Life of a Russian Palace by Suzanne Massie


45. Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928 by Stephen Kotkin


46. Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy: Volume Two: From Alexander II to the Abdication of Nicholas II by Richard S. Wortman


47. Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner by Simon Sebag Montefiore


48. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932–1939 (Annals of Communism Series) by J. Arch Getty


49. The Romanovs: Autocrats of All the Russias by W. Bruce Lincoln


50. Twenty Letters to a Friend by Svetlana Alliluyeva


51. The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia by David King


52. A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar


53. Alexandra: The Last Tsarina by Carolly Erickson


54. The Memoirs of Catherine the Great by Catherine the Great


55. The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788–1800 by Jay Winik


56. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin


57. The Fate of the Romanovs by Greg King


58. Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag by Janusz Bardach


59. Cursed Days: Diary of a Revolution by Ivan Bunin


60. The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood by Eugenie Fraser


61. Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina by Virginia Rounding


62. Lord and Peasant in Russia from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century by Jerome Blum


63. The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz


64. The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptability, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War by James Graham Wilson


65. The Magical Chorus: A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov


66. Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore


67. Stalin As Revolutionary, 1879–1929: A Study in History and Personality by Robert C. Tucker


68. Popular Opinion in Stalin’s Russia: Terror, Propaganda and Dissent, 1934–1941 by Sarah Davies


69. Medieval Russia’s Epics, Chronicles, and Tales by Serge A. Zenkovsky


70. The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians by W. Bruce Lincoln


71. A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev by Mark D. Steinberg


72. Peter the Great by Henri Troyat


73. The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin`s War with Germany by John Erickson


74. My Past and Thoughts: The Memoirs of Alexander Herzen by Alexander Herzen


75. Romanovs: Ruling Russia 1613–1917 by Lindsey Hughes


76. Stalin’s Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village After Collectivization by Sheila Fitzpatrick


77. Within the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg


78. Tolstoy: A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett


79. The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy


80. Russia and the West under Lenin and Stalin by George F. Kennan


81. Russia Through Women’s Eyes: Autobiographies from Tsarist Russia by Toby W. Clyman


82. The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II by Andrew Nagorski


83. Russia Under the Old Regime by Richard Pipes


84. The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg by Helen Rappaport


85. The Cavalry Maiden: Journals of a Russian Officer in the Napoleonic Wars by Nadezhda Durova


86. Stalin: Breaker of Nations by Robert Conquest


87. East of the Sun: The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia by Benson Bobrick


88. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Family Albums by Prince Michael of Greece


89. The Russian Revolution 1917–1932 by Sheila Fitzpatrick


90. Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna by David King


91. The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II by Greg King


92. The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer


93. In War’s Dark Shadow: The Russians Before the Great War by W. Bruce Lincoln


94. The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life by Tom Reiss


95. Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History by Charles J. Halperin


96. Путин. Война by Борис Немцов


97. The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers


98. The Romanovs: 1613–1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore


99. A History of Russian Thought: From the Enlightenment to Marxism by Andrzej Walicki


100. Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy from Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II by Richard S. Wortman


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