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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 Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin's Russia IIby Jussi Lassila

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 30.99

    Government-organized yet scandal-stricken, Nashi inspires everything from broad support to a reluctance to accept all implications of Putin?s political system. This volume shows how Nashi conceptualizes an “ideal youth? within the framework of an official national identity politics and as an attempt to mobilize apolitical youth. 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 Proletariat: Workers, Politics, and Crisis in Gorbachev's Russiaby 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...

  • Putin's Kleptocracyby Karen Dawisha

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 30.00

    The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha?s brilliant Putin?s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia. Russian scholar Dawisha describes and... 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...

  • Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialismby Srecko Horvat; Igor Stiks

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 26.95

    This volume offers a profound analysis of post-socialist economic and political transformation in the Balkans, involving deeply unequal societies and oligarchical ?democracies.? The contributions deconstruct the persistent imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive among outsiders to the region, who see it as no more than a repository of ethnic conflict,... more...