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Russia (Pre- & Post-Soviet Union)

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  • Former Peopleby Douglas Smith

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 16.10

    Epic in scope, precise in detail, and heart-breaking in its human drama, Former People is the first book to recount the history of the aristocracy caught up in the maelstrom of the Bolshevik Revolution and the creation of Stalin's Russia. Filled with chilling tales of looted palaces and burning estates, of desperate flights in the night from marauding... more...

  • Young Stalinby Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 19.00

    This revelatory account unveils how Stalin became Stalin, examining his shadowy journey from obscurity to power—from master historian Simon Sebag Montefiore.   Based on ten years of research, Young Stalin —companion to the prizewinning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar —is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR, a chronicle of the Revolution, and... more...

  • The Cold Warby John Lamberton Harper

    OUP Oxford 2011; US$ 32.99

    A concise, briskly-written account of the Cold War, drawing on the latest archival evidence and scholarly research. It includes a discussion of Cold War historiography and in the introductory section frames the main account by examining some of the subject's primary documents. more...

  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991by Orlando Figes

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 15.40

    From the author of A People's Tragedy , an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams In this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused... more...

  • Behind the Facade of Stalin's Command Economyby Paul Gregory

    Hoover Institution Press 2013; US$ 5.99

    The "red files" revealed. Examining the period from the early 1930s through Stalin's death in 1953—the height of the Stalinist regime—this enlightening book reveals what we have learned from the archives, what has surprised us, and what has confirmed what we already knew. Most of the authors have worked with these archives since they were opened. more...

  • Russia's Heroesby Albert Axell

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 6.99

    With Hitler's invasion of Russia on 22 June 1941, the Eastern front opened and politicians and generals around the world predicted the swift destruction of the Soviet armies. Nazi Germany threw its might against Russia: 5,000,000 men took part in the blitz attack along the Russian frontier. From interviews and primary evidence, much of it never previously... more...

  • Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond [2 volumes]by Timothy Dowling

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 189.00

    Russian military history is an often-overlooked field. Yet Russia is and has long been an important player in global politics, and its military exploits have been central to its role on the world stage. This study of Russia's military past provides insights into European and U.S. history, including the conduct of the two World Wars and the Cold War,... more...

  • Land of the Bearby Denny Geurink

    SBPRA 2014; Not Available

    This fascinating book relates all the excitement, mystery, danger, and adventure of living and traveling in Siberia. It all started back in 1991, when I received an invitation via the Gorbachev government, in conjunction with a mining company working with the Soviet Union, to visit, write about, photograph, and film what the country had to offer American... more...

  • The Balkans in World Historyby Andrew Baruch Wachtel

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 15.99

    Eminent historian Andrew Wachtel here depicts the Balkans as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations have overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, dynamic, sometimes combustible, multi-layered local prvilization. It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome,... more...

  • Intimate Enemiesby Igal Halfin

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2007; US$ 34.95

    Intimate Enemies is a brilliant study of the transformation of Bolshevik Party ideology, language, and power relations during the crucial period leading up to Stalin's seizure of power. Combining extensive research in recently opened Soviet archives with an insightful rereading of intra-Party struggles, Igal Halfin uncovers this evolution in the... more...