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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • The Siberian Curseby Fiona Hill; Clifford G. Gaddy

    Brookings Institution Press 2003; US$ 22.99

    Can Russia ever become a normal, free-market, democratic society? Why have so many reforms failed since the Soviet Union's collapse? In this highly-original work, Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Russia's geography, history, and monumental mistakes perpetrated by Soviet planners have locked it into a dead-end path to economic ruin. Shattering... more...

  • Revolution in Orangeby Anders Aslund; Michael McFaul

    Brookings Institution Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    The dramatic series of protests and political events that unfolded in Ukraine in the fall of 2004the "Orange Revolution"were seminal both for Ukrainian history and the history of democratization. Pro-Western presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, an industrial pollutant that left him weakened and horribly disfigured. When... more...

  • Between Dictatorship and Democracyby Michael McFaul; Nikolay Petrov; Andrei Ryabov

    Brookings Institution Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    For hundreds of years, dictators have ruled Russia. Do they still? In the late 1980s, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev launched a series of political reforms that eventually allowed for competitive elections, the emergence of an independent press, the formation of political parties, and the sprouting of civil society. After the collapse of the... more...

  • Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putinby Archie Brown; Lilia Shevtsova

    Brookings Institution Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    This volume analyzes various aspects of the political leadership during the collapse of the Soviet Union and formation of a new Russia. Comparing the rule of Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin, the book reflects upon their goals, governing style, and sources of influenceas well as factors that influenced their activities and complicated... more...

  • Peter the Greatby Paul Bushkovitch

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 26.99

    Now in a new edition, this penetrating study by noted Yale historian Paul Bushkovitch casts new light on the profound impact of Peter the Great, one of the most revered and enigmatic leaders in world history, whose influence ultimately paved the way for liberalism, Western-style nationalism, and communism in Russia. more...

  • Außenpolitik vor Ausbruch der Berlin-Krise (Sommer 1955 bis Herbst 1958)by Gerhard Wettig

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 70.00

    Published for the first time, Khrushchev?s secret conversations, consultations, and notes document his attitude toward the West. A key issue in the period under consideration was the fate of East Germany. Other important issues include the disarmament overtures made toward the US/NATO, efforts to form an ?anti-imperialist? front with the... more...

  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Dover Readerby Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Dover Publications 2016; US$ 6.00

    Noted for his sympathetic portrayals of the downtrodden members of nineteenth-century Russian society, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821?1881) has exercised immense influence on modern writers. His fiction, rich in philosophical and psychological insights, anticipated the development of psychoanalysis and existentialism. This anthology offers an excellent introduction... more...

  • Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraineby Wendy Lower

    The University of North Carolina Press 2006; US$ 29.99

    On 16 July 1941, Adolf Hitler convened top Nazi leaders at his headquarters in East Prussia to dictate how they would rule the newly occupied eastern territories. Ukraine, the "jewel" in the Nazi empire, would become a German colony administered by Heinrich Himmler's SS and police, Hermann Goring's economic plunderers, and a host of other satraps.... more...

  • Soviet Soft Power in Polandby Patryk Babiracki

    The University of North Carolina Press 2015; US$ 36.99

    Concentrating on the formative years of the Cold War from 1943 to 1957, Patryk Babiracki reveals little-known Soviet efforts to build a postwar East European empire through culture. Babiracki argues that the Soviets involved in foreign cultural outreach tried to use "soft power" in order to galvanize broad support for the postwar order in the emerging... 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...