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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Winter Is Comingby Garry Kasparov

    PublicAffairs 2015; US$ 26.99

    The ascension of Vladimir Putin--a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB--to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years--as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him--Putin has grown not only into a dictator but a global threat.... more...

  • The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991by Robert Service

    PublicAffairs 2015; US$ 35.00

    The Cold War had seemed like a permanent fixture in global politics, and until its denouement, no Western or Soviet politician had foreseen that an epoch defined by games of irreconcilable one-upmanship between the world?s most heavily armed superpowers would end in their lifetimes. Under the long, forbidding shadow of the Cold War, even the smallest... more...

  • Red Fortressby Catherine Merridale

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 22.99

    A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it?and been shaped by it in turn The Moscow Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress whose blood-red walls have witnessed more than eight hundred years of political drama and extraordinary violence. It has been the seat of... more...

  • The Unquiet Ghostby Adam Hochschild

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2003; US$ 15.95

    Although some twenty million people died during Stalin?s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of... more...

  • A History of Russia and Its Empireby Kees Boterbloem

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 38.99

    This clear and focused text provides an introduction to imperial Russian and Soviet history from the crowning of Mikhail Romanov in 1613 to Vladimir Putin?s new term. Through a consistent chronological narrative, Kees Boterbloem considers the political, military, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments and crucial turning points that... more...

  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991by Orlando Figes

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 18.99

    From the author of A People's Tragedy , an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams In this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused... more...

  • Behind the Facade of Stalin's Command Economyby Paul Gregory

    Hoover Institution Press 2001; US$ 18.99

    The "red files" revealed. Examining the period from the early 1930s through Stalin's death in 1953the height of the Stalinist regimethis enlightening book reveals what we have learned from the archives, what has surprised us, and what has confirmed what we already knew. Most of the authors have worked with these archives since they were opened. more...

  • Natasha's Danceby Orlando Figes

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 25.99

    History on a grand scale--an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world's most vibrant civilizations A People's Tragedy , wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did "more to help us understand the Russian Revolution than any other book I know." Now, in Natasha's Dance , internationally renowned historian Orlando Figes does the same for... more...

  • The Longest Winterby Meredith Hooper

    Hodder & Stoughton 2010; Not Available

    Scott's Northern Party played an integral role in his iconic last expedition, but how did they survive? Through the eyes of the men involved, Meredith Hooper recounts one of the greatest tales of adventure and endurance, which has often been overshadowed by the tragedy which befell Scott. Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished and the... more...

  • Stalin's Russia: Teach Yourself Ebookby David Evans

    Hodder & Stoughton 2012; Not Available

    Understand Stalin's Russia is a compelling introduction to a man and a nation long enveloped in mystery. It covers all aspects of this fascinating history, from the shadows of Tsarism and the legacy of Lenin, to the implications of Stalin's rule - including the horrific effects of the five-year plans, and the heroic but costly triumph in the Great... more...