History of Russia in 100 Minutes (Smart Histories #1)

A Crash Course for Beginners

by Tanel Vahisalu

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"History of Russia in 100 Minutes" is a crash course for beginners. Here you will find the complete history summarized and retold in simple language with accurate dates, the most relevant names and essential concepts. After finishing the course, you will know:

  • The basic characteristics of Russian history in different epochs
  • The 54 most important rulers and 106 historical persons in Russian history
  • 126 key dates and events in Russian history
  • The basic terms and concepts of Russian history

The text is accompanied by numerous online resources: - 20,000 pictures - 700 videos - 3,500 songs - 100 podcast episodes

All that is available via the smarthistories.com website.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: No profanity or censor words
Sexual Content: No sexual acts implied or described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Minor


Geography: Russia
Realism: A true story to the best of the author's knowledge
Setting Type: Urban (city)
Time Period: N/A

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Irrelevant or N/A

Styles & Themes

Humor: Serious
Inspires Reader to Feel: Confident/Self-Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: None or only very minor mysteries
Pacing: Breakneck
Physical Action: Frequent action, driven by threat to safety or life by antagonist(s)
Political/Social Commentary: Geopolitical factors major theme at an international level
Romance: No romantic elements
Genre Fantasy
  • World is similar to ours, but plot elements include magic
  • Fantasy world with low or no magic
  • Fantasy world where magic is prevalent
Setting Type:
  • Fantasy
Time Period:
  • N/A (Fantasy Setting)


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About the author

Tanel Vahisalu

"I am a Slavophile, a graphic designer, and a melomaniac from Tallinn, Estonia. For the last five years I've been working on a book that retells the complete history of Russia, simply and clearly, in less than 100 minutes. Currently based in Helsinki, Finland, I completed studying history at the University of Tartu in 2004, and have been working as a professional graphic designer ever since."