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History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics

  • Crossing Bordersby Michael David-Fox

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2015; US$ 28.95

    Crossing Borders deconstructs contemporary theories of Soviet history from the revolution through the Stalin period, and offers new interpretations based on a transnational perspective. To Michael David-Fox, Soviet history was shaped by interactions across its borders. By reexamining conceptions of modernity, ideology, and cultural transformation,... more...

  • Becoming a Romanov. Grand Duchess Elena of Russia and her World (1807?1873)by Dr Charles Ruud; Dr Marina Soroka

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 134.95

    The Russian Great Reforms of the 1860s were the last major modernizing effort by the Romanov dynasty. From 1855 to 1861, Grand Duchess Elena, born Princess Charlotte of Württemberg (1807-1873), acted as the spokeswoman for the reform-minded circles of Russian society, bringing before her nephew Emperor Alexander II a group of civic-minded experts... more...

  • Strategic Partners: Russian-Chinese Relations in the Post-Soviet Eraby Jeanne Wilson

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    Russia's foreign policy experience in the first post-Soviet decade was marked by disappointments as well as surprising turns. Expectations that Russia would join the Western powers as an equal partner were frustrated, while relations with the People's Republic of China warmed considerably. Today, Russia's relationship with China is an important component... more...

  • Borderlandby Anna Reid

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 17.99

    In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine?s tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin?s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land.... more...

  • The History of the Baltic States, 2nd Editionby Kevin O'Connor

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 58.00

    The Baltic States?Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania?were granted independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the three countries have struggled with sluggish economies, tensions with Russia, and government corruption. This extensively updated second edition of a well-regarded reference illuminates the events of the last decade, including... more...

  • Das Ende der Bauernweltby Malgorzata Ruchniewicz; Sabine Stekel; Markus Krzoska

    Wallstein Verlag 2015; US$ 33.39

    Eines der wichtigsten Kapitel der Nachkriegsgeschichte Weißrusslands und der UdSSR. Die Breslauer Zeithistorikerin Ma?gorzata Ruchniewicz behandelt ein zentrales Kapitel der Nachkriegsgeschichte der sowjetischen Teilrepublik Weißrussland: die Sowjetisierung ihres westlichen Teils. Diese Region gehörte bis 1939 zu Polen. Im Zuge des Hitler-Stalin-Paktes... more...

  • Historical Dictionary of Estoniaby Toivo Miljan

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 149.99

    This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Estonia covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, glossary, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. more...

  • My Ukraineby Chrystia Freeland

    Brookings Institution Press 2015; US$ 2.99

    Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, former Soviet republic Ukraine has struggled against its "giant neighbor to the north"?Russia? to maintain its sovereignty. In early 2014 tensions turned to conflict as Vladimir Putin, determined to keep Ukraine from forging stronger ties with the West, seized Crimea and fomented conflict in eastern Ukraine.... more...

  • The Last Empireby Serhii Plokhy

    Oneworld Publications 2015; US$ 15.99

    WINNER OF THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE 2015 A BEST HISTORY BOOK OF 2014 FOR THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH AND BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. By the next day the USSR was officially no more and the USA had emerged as the world?s sole superpower. Award-winning historian Serhii... more...

  • Political Wingsby Alun Wyburn-Powell

    Pen and Sword 2015; US$ 22.99

    This is the first biography of Rt. Hon. William Wedgwood Benn DSO, DFC, first Viscount Stansgate, cabinet minister under MacDonald and Attlee, Air Commodore with active service in both World Wars, defector from the Liberals to Labour over his dispute with Lloyd George, and father of Tony Benn. Benn served in the army and RAF during the First World... more...