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  1. There is no such book. There is good literature for studying the history of Russia and there is good literature for preparing for the Unified State Exam. The fact is that the Unified State Exam, like any exam of this type, requires a formalized and limited system of knowledge that meets the government's Historical and Cultural standard. You should prepare for the Unified State Exam using the literature recommended by your history teacher, so you won't make a mistake. And in addition, you can read interesting literature to expand your historical horizons. I recommend several books on different periods:
    1. Panchenko. Russian culture on the eve of Peter's reforms.
    2. Skrynnikov. Ivan the Terrible.
    3. Pavlenko. Catherine the Great.
    4. Troitsky. Russia in the 19th century.

  2. I took the Unified State Exam in history twice. 70 points, 91 on the second attempt. Here's my advice.

    You will not find a single such book, you need a whole set of books that includes theory with delves into some topics, working with maps and documents, some information on the world, the most detailed foreign policy, as well as a high-quality history of Russian art with all its directions. If you've ever opened a version of the Unified State Exam in history, then you've probably seen it all.

    1. The first thing you should read is the codifier and specifier, which you can find on the FIPI website (http://fipi.ru/ege-i-gve-11/demoversii-specifikacii-kodifikatory) The first section presents all the topics that you will encounter, as well as all the dates of world history that you may come across in general, in principle. The second section contains the requirements for applicants and the period for each task. Useful things that many schoolchildren do not pay enough attention to.

    2. You need a textbook that will provide a knowledge base. For some, it is more convenient to study according to the book of Orlov and Georgiev, for others-according to the school textbooks of Danilov and Kosulin, for others, according to Katsva. I personally prefer the first one, it is written for university students, and therefore very detailed, but at the same time quite clear. Danilov and Kosulina wrote their own textbooks for students in grades 6-9, and therefore they are insanely simple (sometimes written in a very childish language, which I didn't like, to be honest, I didn't get along with this series somehow), but they have a huge plus: there are very useful inserts with maps, pictures with works of art and fragments of basic documents. I can't say anything about Katzva, I only know that they are large and many people recommend them, as you may have already noticed. I haven't heard about the others, or I don't remember. All of the above is freely available on the Internet.�

    3. In parallel with reading your chosen textbook, it is convenient to write down the key dates of the study period. Well, or you can make it easier for yourself and find similar lists in the corresponding VKontakte publics. For example, vot: https://vk.com/wall-66598975_265321

    4. Sometimes it is useful to refer to the history in charts and tables. There are a lot of such collections, the most popular are Kirillov, Golovko and, of course, Baranov and Shevchenko. Ya. like many, I trust the latter's reference book most of all, since both authors are compilers of the Unified State Exam, their collection is compiled strictly according to the codifier. Not a single topic is omitted, each one is revealed. Believe me, no one knows the exam structure better than they do. It's easy to find them on the Internet (the 2017 edition is for sure, they almost do not change over time).

    5. In Tasks 1 and 11, we need events in world history, and as I said, the Holy Codifier has a list of them, but the good people have already found all the dates and completed the whole thing: https://vk.com/wall-66598975_310182 . To be honest, I didn't want to bother my head with them, so the only thing I carried with me was this wonderful list.

    6. Don't repeat other people's mistakes, and don't forget about maps – there are four tasks for them in the test section. Unfortunately, the compilers do not want to release a high-quality complete collection of maps, but there is one very good one on the Internet, you can come across it in any public/on any site for reading. I have no idea who this person is, but thank you so much for that: https://down.ctege.info/ege/obshee/history/history-B8-B11-karty.pdf . As far as theory is concerned, the best thing I know for practice is Markin's thematic training. Unfortunately, I haven't found it on the Internet yet, everything is only paid.

    7. The last three tasks of the test section are devoted to culture. It is impossible to guess what you will find – there can be anything, paintings, architecture and sculpture, literary works, stamps and coins for memorable dates. I don't even know how to help you here, I've never seen a collection on everything-everything-everything, or even on something separate from the list, but all the books in points 2 and 4 pay a lot of attention to this. And, I remembered, there is also a collection of Drafts, where information is given on a certain period, and after it – a workshop. Catch: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6jSNt06CW1HSVFuZ0R2MW1TRU0/view

    I was also helped by literature lessons, knowledge gained in art, banal logic and experience gained after a huge number of solved options.

    1. I almost forgot about�working with historical sources, there are tasks for them in both parts of the CMA. Again, I haven't seen a single collection of documents. But, as with culture, most often you only need basic knowledge, logic, the ability to read the text and highlight what you need, and again practice practice. For example: https://vk.com/doc98375225_437571534?hash=7643b1463b94eba2fe&dl=6a7c1b8d44f15d3589

    2. I think I've already told you how important it is to”fill your hand”. Of course, the most famous author is Artasov, he is one of the compilers of the Unified State Exam in this subject, and he has a huge number of collections. There are “30 options”, and “10 options”, and “Standard exam options”, and “Big Collection” – in short, for every taste. I studied mostly on it, I know/remember little about other authors. The open FIPI bank, the well-known “I'll solve the Unified State Exam” and “Dunno” – everything is useful!

    3. Well, one more small pleasant bun. For some reason, many applicants have problems with the history of the last century. I personally have never been particularly interested in the period from the very beginning of the XX century until the death of Stalin. I don't know why, but Revolution, NEP and war communism, collectivization and industrialization, both World – wide-these are topics that previously caused me horror and panic, I gave up on them as much as possible, and I had the worst knowledge on this difficult time. What an irony, now this is almost the most favorite and interesting period for me. N. Werth's book helped “History of the Soviet State. 1900-1991“. Interesting as a book and useful as a textbook. I strongly advise people like me. (;

    4. In addition to the 1st point: take a look at the FIPI training manuals (http://fipi.ru/ege-i-gve-11/analiticheskie-i-metodicheskie-materialy), they are relatively small. They will help you formulate your answers more accurately, and they helped me out a lot in my time on appeals.

    Phew, that's about it.
    I reread my “mnogabukaf” and once again made sure that one book can not do here.
    If you have any questions about the exam or preparation for it, I will be happy to help.
    Good luck and patience!

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