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A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

by Ekaterina Pravilova

“Property rights” and “Russia” do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state....


Night Witches. Soviet Airwomen of the Great Patriotic War

by Gian Piero Milanetti

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Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia

by David Remnick

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin's Tomb now presents the crucial second act--the attempt to form a Russian state from the ruins of the U.S.S.R. and the chaotic election of 1996. As before, readers...


Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

by David Remnick

In the tradition of John Reed's classic Ten Days That Shook the World, this bestselling account of the collapse of the Soviet Union combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy...


Bolshevism at a Deadlock (Routledge Revivals)

by Karl Kautsky

Bolshevism at a Deadlock was written Karl Kautsky, one of the leading Marxist intellectuals of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, in response to the catastrophic failures of Stalin's first Five...


Putin's Wars: The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism

by Marcel H. Van Herpen

This book offers the first systematic analysis of Putin’s two wars, placing the Second Chechen War and the War with Georgia of 2008 in their broader historical contexts. Drawing on extensive original Russian...


Renaissance of Classical Allusions in Contemporary Russian Media

by Svitlana Malykhina

Renaissance of Classical Allusions in Contemporary Russian Media takes a unique perspective on Russian media, culture, and society by bridging linguistic anthropology and media studies. Svitlana Malykhina analyzes...


A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

by Edmund Levin

A Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1911, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre.

 

On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky...


Which Socialism, Whose Détente?

by Maud Bracke

This study analyzes the impact of the Czechoslovak crisis of 1968–1969 on the two major communist parties in the West: the Italian and French ones. Discusses the central strategic and ideological tensions...


A Life Under Russian Serfdom

by Boris B. Gorshkov & N. Shcherban

This is a translation of one of very few Russian serfs' memoirs. Savva Purlevskii recollects his life in Russian serfdom and life of his grandparents, parents, and fellow villagers. He describes family and communal...


Trotsky and the Russian Revolution

by Geoffrey Swain

Supporters of Stalin saw Trotsky as a traitor and renegade. Trotsky's own supporters saw him as the only true Leninist. In Trotsky and the Russian Revolution, Geoffrey Swain restores Trotsky to his real and...


Spheres of Influence in International Relations: History, Theory and Politics

by Susanna Hast

Current events happening around the world, especially the 'humanitarian interventions' by NATO and the West within the context of the so-called Arab Spring, make the understanding of the role of spheres of influence...


Glasnost-Soviet Cinema Responds

by Nicholas Galichenko & Robert Allington

With the coming of glasnost to the Soviet Union, filmmakers began to explore previously forbidden themes, and distributors released films that were suppressed by pre-glasnost-era censors. Soviet cinema underwent...


Shifting Priorities in Russia's Foreign and Security Policy

by Roger E. Kanet & Rémi Piet

Given the resurgence of Russian economic capabilities and of Russia's role as a regional, even global, political actor, much of the literature written more than 4-5 years ago is already dated. The editors and...


The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev

by Daniel Treisman

Russia has long been a source of puzzlement— and sometimes alarm—for Western observers. Since shaking off communism two decades ago, the country has seemed wobbly at best, thoroughly corrupt and threatening...


The Soviet Union 1917-1991

by Martin McCauley

A second edition of this famous survey has been eagerly awaited. When the first edition appeared Brezhnev was still in power, Gorbachev did not make it to the index, and the USSR was a superpower. Today the...


Russia's Steppe Frontier: The Making of a Colonial Empire, 1500-1800

by Michael Khodarkovsky

"... a tremendously important contribution to the field of Russian history and the comparative study of empires and frontiers. There is no comparable work in any language.... The book presents an intricate and...


St Petersburg: Shadows of the Past

by Catriona Kelly

Fragile, gritty, and vital to an extraordinary degree, St. Petersburg is one of the world's most alluring cities-a place in which the past is at once ubiquitous and inescapably controversial. Yet outsiders are...


Natasha's Dance

by Orlando Figes

History on a grand scale--an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world's most vibrant civilizations

A People's Tragedy, wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did "more to help us understand the Russian...


The Making of Russian Absolutism 1613-1801

by Paul Dukes

Revised and expanded, the second edition of this fascinating study surveys the first two centuries of Romanov rule from the foundation of the dynasty by Michael Romanov in 1613 to the accession of Alexander...