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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

  • Political animals: representing dogs in modern Russian cultureby Henrietta Mondry

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 119.00

    This book is the first interdisciplinary study of the representation of dogs in Russian discourse since the nineteenth century. Focusing on the correlation between humans and dogs in traditional belief systems, in literature, film and other cultural productions, it shows that the dog as a political construct incorporates various contradictions, with... more...

  • Rockets and Revolutionby Michael G. Smith

    UNP - Nebraska 2014; US$ 34.95

    Rockets and Revolution offers a multifaceted study of the race toward space in the first half of the twentieth century, examining how the Russian, European, and American pioneers competed against one another in the early years to acquire the fundamentals of rocket science, engineer simple rockets, and ultimately prepare the path for human spaceflight.... more...

  • Not Russian Enough?by Rutger Helmers

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 75.00

    Offers fresh perspectives on the function of nationalist thought in the cosmopolitan opera world, with particular emphasis on the idea of "Russianness" in four nineteenth-century operas by Glinka, Serov, Tchaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov. 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...

  • In the Captivity of the Matrixby Aurimas ?vedas

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 80.00

    This book is about the past and its falsification, historians and the Soviet ideological Matrix. It aims to unveil the formation and existence of Soviet-era Lithuanian historiography, to show how it was affected by mechanisms that created it, and to discuss what kinds of behavioural models different scholars choose in front of the dilemma: to tell... more...

  • Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possibleby Peter Pomerantsev

    PublicAffairs 2014; US$ 25.99

    In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell?s Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia. It... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Their Trade is Treacheryby Harry Champan Pincher

    Biteback Publishing 2014; US$ 10.19

    Harry Chapman Pincher is regarded as one of the finest investigative reporters of the twentieth century. Over the course of a glittering six-decade career, he became notorious as a relentless investigator of spies and their secret trade, proving to be a constant thorn in the side of the establishment. So influential was he that Prime Minister Harold... more...