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  • Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichteby Leonid Luks; Gunter Dehnert; John Andreas Fuchs; Nikolaus Lobkowicz; Alexei Rybakow

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 30.99

    Since 1997, FORUM has been an integral part of the landscape of European studies. In addition to contemporary history, it offers insights into the history of ideas and reviews books on Central and Eastern European history. It offers more than just historyfor instance, interdisciplinary discussions by political scientists, literary, legal, and economic... more...

  • Stalinby Abraham Ascher

    Oneworld Publications 2016; US$ 14.99

    Joseph Stalin began life as a frail child, with an abusive father and an inferiority complex. This triggered an early desire for greatness and respect that would eventually turn the young Bolshevik idealist into one of the most ruthless dictators in modern history. Like his contemporary, Adolf Hitler, Stalin was responsible for millions of deaths... more...

  • Caught in the Revolutionby Helen Rappaport

    Random House 2016; US$ 36.65

    Selected as a Book of the Year in the Telegraph and Evening Standard 'A gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes of a surprising, flamboyant cast of foreigners in Petrograd, superbly narrated by Helen Rappaport.' Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs 'Next year's centenary... 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...

  • Pushkinby T.J. Binyon

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 20.00

    In the course of his short, dramatic life, Aleksandr Pushkin gave Russia not only its greatest poetry?including the novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin ?but a new literary language. He also gave it a figure of enduring romantic allure?fiery, restless, extravagant, a prodigal gambler and inveterate seducer of women. Having forged a dazzling, controversial... 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$ 35.00

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

  • 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...