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Ivan the Terrible (Isabel de Madariaga book)

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A book by Isabel de Madariaga

From Publishers Weekly   Starred Review. De Madariaga accomplishes a lot in this significant biography of the 16th-century Russian czar, contextualizing his life without minimizing his brutality. From a compendious knowledge of both primary … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Russian History, Ivan The Terrible
Author: Isabel de Madariaga
Genre: History,Biography,Russian History
Publisher: Yale University, Southeast Asia Studies
Date Published: 2005
1 review about Ivan the Terrible (Isabel de Madariaga book)

Difficult Biography to Read and Understand

  • Mar 15, 2009
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This biography of the 16th century Russian Tsar Ivan IV, or Ivan the Terrible is a certainly a well thought out and deep exploration of the life and reign of this eccentric and terrible autocrat.

That said, it is a very academic treatment and the organization and prose make it an extremely difficult read for the layperson. I have read a lot of Russian history, including very academic works, and I found this biography a real chore to read and understand. Unless you have a very good background in Russian history, I would not recommend this biography.

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