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Russia: The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin by Philip Longworth

By Philip Longworth

During the centuries, Russia has swung sharply among profitable expansionism, catastrophic cave in, and amazing restoration. This illuminating heritage strains those dramatic cycles of growth and bust from the past due Neolithic age to Ivan the poor, and from the peak of Communism to the truncated Russia of today.

Philip Longworth explores the dynamics of Russia's earlier via time and house, from the anonymous adventurers who first penetrated this titanic, inhospitable terrain to a forged of dynamic characters that incorporates Ivan the poor, Catherine the nice, and Stalin. His narrative takes within the outstanding, ancient towns of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska within the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire to the south, to the Baltic within the west and to Archangel and the Artic Ocean to the north.

Who are the Russians and what's the resource in their imperialistic tradition? Why used to be Russia so pushed to colonize and triumph over? From Kievan Rus'—-the first-ever Russian kingdom, which collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols within the 13th century—-to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century and at last the Soviet interval, this groundbreaking learn analyses the expansion and dissolution of every tremendous empire because it offers method to the next.

Refreshing in its perception and drawing on an unlimited variety of scholarship, this ebook additionally explicitly addresses the query of what the long run holds for Russia and her associates, and asks no matter if her sphere of effect is growing to be.

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I ordered them all to put their noses down, to pay attention and not to close up in the clouds. I could see my wingman but nothing in front of me. I didn't want any collisions! I was their CO, and therefore had responsibility for all my pilots. If just one pair collided it would be my fault. But we began to break out of the clouds and the overcast was above us. And there they were — B-29s, just three kilometres (two miles) from us. Our command post estimated that there were 12 bombers - I'd already counted them - and up to 120 escorting fighters.

The 4th FW jet literally disintegrated under the weight of Pepelyaev's fire. Later that same day, while leading two squadrons to intercept fighterbombers attacking trains in the Anju area, Pepelyaev and his wingman attacked eight F-84 fighters, one of which was shot down by the Soviet ace (USAF records confirm the loss of an F-86A, but not an F-84). On 27 November Lt Col Pepelyaev claimed another Thunderjet kill (USAF records state an F-80C was lost to MiGs and an F-84E hit the ground while strafing a train).

Major participants from the Soviet side were Lt Col Aleksander Smorchkov, second-in-command of 18th GvIAP and a man with 282 tactical missions, 36 aerial engagements and four individual kills in World War 2 to his credit (he would claim 12 more victories in Korea), and Maj Dmitriy Oskin, who would score 15 Korean War kills. They sighted a pair of Sabres and immediately went after them, as Smorchkov subsequently recalled; 'Together with Oskin, Dmitriy and Pavlovich, I was flying at 12,000 m (39,000 ft) when we caught two Sabres.

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