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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

  • Stalinby Stephen Kotkin

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 19.99

    A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler?s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total... 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 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...

  • Jewish Rights, National Ritesby Simon Rabinovitch

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 65.00

    In its full-color poster for elections to the All-Russian Jewish Congress in 1917, the Jewish People's Party depicted a variety of Jews in seeking to enlist the support of the broadest possible segment of Russia's Jewish population. It forsook neither traditional religious and economic life like the Jewish socialist parties, nor life in Europe like... more...

  • Saving Stalin's Imperial Cityby Steven M. Maddox

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 49.99

    Saving Stalin?s Imperial City is the history of the successes and failures in historic preservation and of Leningraders? determination to honor the memory of the terrible siege the city had endured during World War II. The book stresses the counterintuitive nature of Stalinist policies, which allocated scarce wartime resources to save historic monuments... more...

  • Models of Democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europeby Nicholas Aylott

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 124.95

    This book explores the ways in which representative democracy works in two neighbouring collections of European states: the Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and the Baltic (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). The central, guiding questions are: how does political representation work in countries that have a lot in common, but also... more...

  • Midnight in Siberiaby David Greene

    The Text Publishing Company 2014; US$ 32.99

    After two and a half years as NPR's Moscow bureau chief, David Greene journeys thousands of kilometres by rail from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to find out how Russians' lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. He meets a group of singing babushkas from Buranovo, a teenager hawking 'space rocks' from a meteor shower in Chelyabinsk,... more...

  • Rasputinby Frances Welch

    Atria Books/Marble Arch Press 2014; US$ 16.00

    Told with humor, intrigue, and a shrewd eye for detail, this riveting short biography sheds much-needed light on the life of nineteenth-century Russian icon Grigory Rasputin. Grigory Rasputin, a Siberian peasant turned mystic and court sage, was as fascinating as he was unfathomable. He played the role of the simple man, eating with his fingers and... more...

  • Late Imperial Russia, 1890-1917by John F. Hutchinson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 45.99

    This new interpretation of the final years of Imperial Russia provides a clear and concise introduction to a critical period in the history of modern Russia. Professor Hutchinson outlines the key problems facing the Tsarist regime, and the attitudes of its Liberal critics and revolutionary enemies. In particular, he considers how the monarchy was able... more...

  • Empowering Revolutionby Gregory F. Domber

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 34.99

    Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War more...