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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Unfinished Leninismby Paul Le Blanc

    Haymarket Books 2014; US$ 18.00

    A stimulating collection of essays on the revolutionary socialist Vladimir Lenin that survey fierce controversies over his life and ideas. more...

  • The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia Iby Ivo Mijnssen

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 30.99

    This book analyzes the dubious role of the Democratic Antifascist Youth Movement “Nashi? in contemporary Russia. Part of the Putinist project of political stabilization, Nashi mobilizes young Russians through its emotional appeal, skillful use of symbolic politics, and promise of professional self-realization. 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...

  • A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodkaby Lev Golinkin

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 25.95

    A compelling story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later,... more...

  • The Accidental Proletariatby Walter D. Connor

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 50.95

    Walter Connor shows how the seven decades since Stalin launched the First Five Year plan have changed Soviet workers from a disorganized mass of unskilled ex-peasants into something very much like a class--not the working class intended by Lenin and Stalin but a new and powerful "accidental proletariat," produced by forces partly beyond the state's... more...

  • Strikes and Revolution in Russia, 1917by Diane P. Koenker; William G. Rosenberg

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 52.95

    More than seventy years since the Bolsheviks came to power, there is still no comprehensive study of workers' activism in history's first successful workers' revolution. Strikes and Revolution in Russia, 1917 is the first effort in any language to explore this issue in both quantitative and qualitative terms and to relate strikes to the broader processes... more...

  • The Heavens Are Emptyby Avrom Bendavid-Val; Jonathan Safran Foer

    Pegasus Books 2011; US$ 14.99

    A magical place, a lost history: Trochenbrod, the setting for Everything Is Illuminated , is now rediscovered for a new generation   Trochenbrod was the only freestanding, fully realized Jewish town in history. It began with a few Jewish settlers searching for freedom from the Russian Czars? oppressive policies, which included the forced conscriptions... more...

  • 1990: Russians Remember a Turning Pointby Irina Prokhorova

    Quercus 2014; US$ 9.99

    Although 1989 and 1991 witnessed more spectacular events, 1990 was a year of embryonic change in Russia: Article 6 of the constitution was abolished, and with it the Party's monopoly on political power. This fascinating collection of documentary evidence crystalizes the aspirations of the Russian people in the days before Communism finally fell. ... more...

  • The Adolescence of Zhenya Luversby Boris Pasternak

    Philosophical Library/Open Road 2014; US$ 14.99

    An enthralling novelette by Boris Pasternak, the author of Dr. Zhivago , The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers explores how a thirteen-year-old girl ceases to be a child and becomes a woman in Russia just before the Communist Revolution. The story examines the world through the reminiscences of a young girl and explores such themes as nature and how... more...

  • Women and Work in Russia, 1880-1930by Jane McDermid; Anna Hillyar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    This study considers the impact of industrialisation, revolution and world war on women's working lives in Russia. Unlike existing studies this new text looks at women from all social classes. In the process the authors reveal how the stereotypical portrayal of Russian women's work as a struggle of endurance and sacrifice distorts and oversimplifies... more...