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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • The Romanov Sistersby Helen Rappaport

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    "Helen Rappaport paints a compelling portrait of the doomed grand duchesses." ? People magazine "The public spoke of the sisters in a gentile, superficial manner, but Rappaport captures sections of letters and diary entries to showcase the sisters? thoughtfulness and intelligence." ? Publishers Weekly (starred review) They were the Princess... more...

  • A Frozen Hellby William Trotter

    Algonquin Books 2013; US$ 15.95

    In 1939, tiny Finland waged war-the kind of war that spawns legends-against the mighty Soviet Union, and yet their epic struggle has been largely ignored. Guerrillas on skis, heroic single-handed attacks on tanks, unfathomable endurance, and the charismatic leadership of one of this century's true military geniuses-these are the elements of both the... more...

  • The Zhivago Affairby Peter Finn; Petra Couvee

    Random House 2014; US$ 29.35

    1956. Boris Pasternak presses a manuscript into the hands of an Italian publishing scout with these words: 'This is Doctor Zhivago . May it make its way around the world.' Pasternak knew his novel would never be published in the Soviet Union as the authorities regarded it as seditious, so, instead, he allowed it to be published in translation all... more...

  • A Concise History of the Baltic Statesby Andrejs Plakans

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 23.00

    An integrated history of three Baltic peoples - Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians - from their origins as tribal societies to separate nations. more...

  • The Last Days of the Romanovsby Helen Rappaport

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 17.99

    Rappaport, an expert in the field of Russian history, brings you the riveting day-by-day account of the last fourteen days of the Russian Imperial family, in this first of two books about the Romanovs. Her second book The Romanov Sisters , offering a never-before-seen glimpse at the lives of the Tsar?s beautiful daughters and a celebration of their... more...

  • Catherine The Greatby Robert K. Massie

    Head of Zeus 2012; US$ 8.01

    The story of one of the truly great female rulers in history by an award winning historian. The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat, Catherine was married aged 16 to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne of all the Russias, a feckless teenager with a weakness for drink. Catherine was only able to give him an heir by passing off her lover's son... 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 Oligarchsby Claes Ericson; Hugh Rodwell

    Stockholm Text 2012; US$ 7.99

    The story about extreme money and power in the world?s boldest capitalist experiment, where some young men became immensely rich. more...

  • Red Fortressby Catherine Merridale

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 35.99

    A magisterial, richly detailed history of the Kremlin, and of the centuries of Russian elites who have shaped it?and been shaped by it in turn The Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress whose blood-red walls have witnessed more than eight hundred years of political drama and extraordinary violence. It has been the seat of a priestly... more...