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From the first Slavic migrations to the Romanovs rise to the Putin era, Russia has endured for centuries as a nation whose sheer size and diversity have challenged its rulers and shaped its identity. Restless Empire illuminates the epic sweep of Russian history in a beautifully illustrated full-color atlas depicting the essential cultural, political, economic, and military developments of Russia s past. Like the double-headed eagle that is its state emblem, Russia has always looked abroad to both the East and West, searching for secure trade routes, trustworthy allies, and defensible frontiers. Expansion beyond Muscovy s forested confines began in the fifteenth century, when Ivan III rejected Mongol rule and moved into the Russian steppe. The waterways linking the Baltic to the Black and Caspian seas were crucial to Russia s development from the Middle Ages onward. The age-old quest to acquire warm-water ports culminated in the construction of St. Petersburg in the eighteenth century, when imperial Russia began to rival Europe s Great Powers. From Ivan the Terrible to Catherine the Great, Lenin and Stalin to Yeltsin and Putin, Russia s rulers have carved their nation s destiny into world history, sometimes bending Russia toward despotism or democracy, internationalism or brusque independence. Russia s titanic conflicts against the Tatars and Turks, Napoleon, Nazi Germany, and the United States and its political upheavals from the Time of Troubles to the Soviet Union s downfall, as well as ongoing strife in Chechnya and Crimea, are presented chronologically in accessible text accompanied by detailed maps and illustrations. "

With the help of this easy-to-follow book, you'll soon be creating lots of entertaining projects from a simple pop-up valentine, an opening flower, a moving trapeze, and a fire-breathing dragon, to your own pop-up zoo. Step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful black-and-white line drawings, show how to create folds, layers, coils, springs, tab mechanisms, and revolving wheels. There are more than 30 projects to choose from and no patterns to trace or photocopy. (All you'll need are common materials such as paper, glue, scissors, ruler, pencils, and crayons.) The Dark Kings series is: "Provocative...Loaded with subtle emotions [and] sizzling chemistry." Some may find it wonky to take a pig to the movies. But not Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who think the title of the film, WHEN PIGS FLY, is inspirational. And not their beloved Mercy, who is inspired by the fact that the drive-in proudly serves real butter on its Bottomless Bucket of popcorn. So when they pull up in their convertible, Mercy lifts her snout and becomes a pig on a mission -- for what is more heavenly than being hot on the trail of a true butter smell? Masterful slapstick director Kate DiCamillo sends Mercy on a delirious chase, followed by a trail of hapless rescuers whom fans will recognize from prior episodes. And Chris Van Dusen's comic retro illustrations perfectly capture a nostalgic pastime Restless Empire free pdf -- along with the newest antics of a charmingly single-minded pig.

Author: Ian Barnes,
Number of Pages: 239 pages
Published Date: 02 Jun 2015
Publication Country: Cambridge, Mass., United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780674504677
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