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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • For Whom Do I Toil?by Michael Stanislawski

    Oxford University Press 1988; US$ 129.99 US$ 111.79

    This is the first full-length biography of Judah Leib Gordon (1830-92), the most important Hebrew poet of the 19th century, and one of the pivotal intellectual and cultural figures in Russian Jewry. His personal story is a fascinating drama that both symbolizes and summarizes the cultural and political challenges facing Russian Jewry at a crucial time... more...

  • Bread upon the Watersby Robert E. Jones

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2013; US$ 45.00

    In eighteenth-century Russia, as elsewhere in Europe, bread was a dietary staple?truly grain was the staff of economic, social, and political life. Early on Tsar Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg to export goods from Russia?s vast but remote interior and by doing so to drive Russia?s growth and prosperity. But the new city also had to be fed... more...

  • Russia and the Golden Hordeby Charles Halperin

    Indiana University Press 1987; US$ 17.99

    "... an imaginative and dispassionate re-examination of the significance of the Mongol Conquest and its aftermath for Russia?s historical development." ?Slavic Review "On all counts Russia and the Golden Horde infuses the subject with fresh insights and interpretations." ?History "Combining rigorous analysis of the major scholarly findings with... more...

  • Ukraine and Russiaby Serhii Plokhy

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2008; US$ 36.95

    This book makes important assertions not only about the conflicts and negotiations inherent to opposing historiographic traditions, but about ways of overcoming the limitations imposed by those traditions. more...

  • Chasing the Seaby Tom Bissell

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 18.00

    In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a na?ve Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies. Joining up with an exuberant translator... more...

  • Science in the New Russiaby Loren R. Graham; Irina Dezhina

    Indiana University Press 2008; US$ 19.50

    The Russian science establishment was one of the largest in the world, boasting many Nobel prizes, a world-leading space program, and famous schools in mathematics, physics, and other fields. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the major financial supports for the scientific community were... more...

  • Portraits of Early Russian Liberalsby Derek Offord

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 44.00 US$ 36.08

    This book studies the work of five Russian liberal thinkers against the general background of Russian history, literature and thought in that period. more...

  • Letters from Russiaby Astolphe De Custine; Anka Muhlstein

    New York Review Books 2012; US$ 27.95

    The Marquis de Custine?s record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world?s most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece of travel writing. Custine, who met with people in all walks of life, including the Czar himself, offers vivid descriptions of St. Petersburg... more...

  • The Chef at Warby Alexis Soyer

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 9.86

    The flamboyant Frenchman Alexis Soyer was the most renowned chef in Victorian England. This is his colourful account of his time at the front in the Crimean War, where he joined British troops in order to improve the quality of the food they were eating. Divulging the secrets of preparing stew for 1000 soldiers, sharing sweetmeats with a Turkish... more...

  • Through Soviet Jewish Eyesby David Shneer

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 39.95

    Most view the relationship of Jews to the Soviet Union through the lens of repression and silence. Focusing on an elite group of two dozen Soviet-Jewish photographers, including Arkady Shaykhet, Alexander Grinberg, Mark Markov-Grinberg, Evgenii Khaldei, Dmitrii Baltermants, and Max Alpert, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes presents a different picture.... more...