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A friend and I were talking, and she mentioned that her rising 11th grader wants to study some Russian History. What would you use to teach Russian history? I have the Communist Manifesto, a booklet by Lenin, and another book titled Europe Since 1870. What would you use to study Peter the Great. Catherine the Great, or the Romanovs? There's a lot of history leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution.



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I'd begin by finding a text or two that covers all of Russian History. You don't have to end up using those, but they will help you figure out, in what is presumably an unknown subject, what to cover. After that the library and Amazon reviews can help find individual books if that is the route you want to go. However, depending on book/topic availability you may end up using a text or two.


If no one recommends a starting point, here, find some colleges that teach Russian history and find out what they use.

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Like your friend, I'd like to find more books on this topic. But there are some videos we've watched that might be interesting.


Looks like this one on Catherine the Great has been put up on youtube:


Or you can buy it: http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=2260787


And this one wasn't bad:



They're both maybe a little more lurid and sensational than a staid academic would prefer, but they do have some useful info.


We got both from the library though. I don't think I would have spent the money on them.

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One big warning is to beware of sensationalism in Western histories of Russia. The kind that wallow in lascivious anecdotes about Rasputin, the lovers taken by Catherine the Great, and so forth.


Nicholas Riasanovsky wrote the truly excellent A History of Russia. (mentioned already) I would recommend this without reservation! If I could choose only one work for general history, this would be it.


There are many books about the New Russian Martyrs (the Christians martyred by the Communists). This is one very good one:



Those are just two of the many resources out there.

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My 8th grader read this book this yr http://www.amazon.com/Russia-under-Czars-Illustrated-engravings/dp/B0007DVKZY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top and really learned a lot. I wish I had had it for my older kids.


A few yrs ago my oldest dd and I did a study and one source that was accessible and very informative was The Naked Communist. http://www.amazon.com/The-Naked-Communist-Cleon-Skousen/dp/1481927434/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t


Another that we read that may or may not be of interest is With God in Russia http://www.amazon.com/With-God-Russia-Walter-Ciszek/dp/0898705746/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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