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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Red Plentyby Francis Spufford

    Graywolf Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    ?Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own . . . Freewheeling and fabulous.? ?The Times (London)   Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called ?the planned economy,? which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of... 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, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes presents a different picture. These artists participated in a social project they believed in and with which they were emotionally and intellectually... more...

  • Assured Victory: How "Stalin the Great" Won the War, but Lost the Peaceby Albert Weeks

    ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 45.00

    This book documents dictator Joseph Stalin's brilliant tactics as well as missteps in taking preemptive actions that guaranteed ultimate victory over the German invaders. It also covers the policies implemented after the war that made the Soviet Union a menace to world peace and led to collapse of Soviet rule. more...

  • The Russo-Japanese War 1904-05by Alexei Ivanov; Andrei Karachtchouk

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 13.95

    The Russo-Japanese War in Manchuria was the first 20th century conflict fought between the regular armies of major powers, employing the most modern means ? machine guns, trench warfare, minefields and telephone communications; and the battle of Mukden in March 1905 was the largest clash of armies in world history up to that date. Events were followed... more...

  • One Night in Winterby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Random House 2013; US$ 11.80

    Winner of the Political Fiction Book of the Year 2014. By the author of the world-wide bestsellers, Jerusalem , and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar , and based on a true story, a heart-breaking, addictively readable love story set in Stalin's Russia. If your children were forced to testify against you, what... more...

  • The Mannerheim Line 1920-39by Bair Irincheev; Brian Delf

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 13.95

    In the wake of the bloody civil war that followed Finland's independence from Russia in 1917, the border between the two countries was established across the Karelian Isthmus, an area long fought over by Russia, Finland and Sweden in their attempts to dominate the northern tip of Europe. Neither the Soviets nor the Finnish were comfortable with such... more...

  • Rethinking the Soviet Experienceby Stephen F. Cohen

    Oxford University Press, USA 1985; US$ 24.99

    In this wide-ranging and provocative book, Stephen F. Cohen cuts through Cold War stereotypes of the Soviet Union to arrive at fresh interpretations of that country's traumatic history and its present-day political realities. Cohen's lucidly written, revisionist analysis reopens an array of major historical questions. As he probes Soviet history,... more...

  • Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991by Mark Galeotti; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2013; US$ 14.95

    Whilst under Putin's regime the size of Russia's regular forces has shrunk recently and will continue to do so, its security and paramilitary elements have become increasingly powerful. In fact, recently they have proliferated - as have their special uniforms and kit - and have become disproportionately important, spearheading all recent operations.... more...

  • Stalin's Last Crimeby Jonathan Brent; Vladimir Naumov

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    A new investigation, based on previously unseen KGB documents, reveals the startling truth behind Stalin's last great conspiracy. On January 13, 1953, a stunned world learned that a vast conspiracy had been unmasked among Jewish doctors in the USSR to murder Kremlin leaders. Mass arrests quickly followed. The Doctors' Plot, as this alleged scheme... more...

  • A Child of Christian Bloodby Edmund Levin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 29.95

    A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.   On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old... more...