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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet - From the Rule of the Tsars to the Age of Putinby Simon Morrison

    HarperCollins Publishers 2016; US$ 27.18

    The story of the Bolshoi, showcasing the glamor, beauty, prestige, and cruelty of life in the spotlight ? and of Russia itself. 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...

  • Crimeaby Orlando Figes

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 20.78

    The terrible conflict that dominated the mid 19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. It was a war for territory, provoked by fear that if the Ottoman Empire were to collapse then Russia could control a huge swathe of land from the Balkans... more...

  • 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...

  • Curative Powersby Paula Michaels

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2003; US$ 28.95

    Finalist, PEN Center USA Literary Awards, Research Nonfiction Rich in oil and strategically located between Russia and China, Kazakhstan is one of the most economically and geopolitically important of the so-called Newly Independent States that emerged after the USSR's collapse. Yet little is known in the West about the region's turbulent history... more...

  • The Defiant Life of Vera Fignerby Lynne Ann Hartnett

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    This engaging biography tells the dramatic story of a Russian noblewoman turned revolutionary terrorist. Born in 1852 in the last years of serfdom, Vera Figner came of age as Imperial Russian society was being rocked by the massive upheaval that culminated in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. At first a champion of populist causes and women's higher... more...

  • Equality and Revolutionby Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2010; US$ 28.95

    On July 20, 1917, Russia became the world?s first major power to grant women the right to vote and hold public office. Yet in the wake of the October Revolution later that year, the foundational organizations and individuals who pioneered the suffragist cause were all but erased from Russian history. The women?s movement, when mentioned at all, is... more...

  • The Essential Marxby Leon Trotsky; Karl Marx

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 8.95

    Shortly before he was assassinated in 1940, Leon Trotsky ? one of Marx's most devoted converts and a key figure in the Russian Revolution ? made this selection from Capital, to which he appended his own lengthy and insightful introduction. Compact and fascinating, this invaluable work not only presents Marx's thoughts in his own words but also places... more...

  • Essential Works of Leninby Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Four most significant works, also including "The Development of Capitalism in Russia," "Imperialism, the Highest State of Capitalism," and "The State and Revolution." more...

  • A Failed Empireby Vladislav M. Zubok

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 25.99

    In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff... more...