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Self and Story in Russian History
Russians have often been characterized as people with souls rather than selves. Self and Story in Russian History challenges the portrayal of the Russian character as selfless, self-effacing, or self-torturing by exploring the texts through...



Peasant Metropolis
Social Identities in Moscow, 1929–1941
David L. Hoffmann
During the 1930's, 23 million peasants left their villages and moved to Soviet cities, where they comprised almost half the urban population and more than half the nation's industrial workers. Drawing on previously inaccessible archival...



Undermining the Kremlin
America's Strategy to Subvert the Soviet Bloc, 1947–1956
Gregory Mitrovich
Mitrovich argues that the Cold War policy of containment was only the first step in America's clandestine campaign to destroy Soviet power, revealing a range of previously unknown covert actions launched during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.



Siberian Survival
The Nenets and Their Story
Andrei V. Golovnev, Gail Osherenko
The Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia is one of the few remaining places on earth where a nomadic people retain a traditional culture. Here in the tundra, the Nenets—one of the few indigenous minorities of the Russian North—follow a lifestyle...



The Great Urals
Regionalism and the Evolution of the Soviet System
James R. Harris
Political histories of the Soviet Union have portrayed a powerful Kremlin leadership whose will was passively implemented by regional Party officials and institutions. Drawing on his research in recently opened archives in Moscow and the Urals—a vast...



Mortal Friends, Best Enemies
German-Russian Cooperation after the Cold War
Celeste A. Wallander
Several hundred thousand members of the Red Army were stationed in East Germany when that state was reunited with its western counterpart. The peaceful transfer of these soldiers to their homeland produced a welcome outcome to a potentially...



Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia
Irina Paperno
Analyzing a variety of sources—medical reports, social treatises, legal codes, newspaper articles, fiction, private documents left by suicides—Irina Paperno describes the search for the meaning of suicide. Paperno focuses on Russia of the 1860s–1880s.



Russian Talk
Culture and Conversation during Perestroika
Nancy Ries
Soulful, theatrical, intense: Russian talk is notably full of existential musing and dark passion. However, despite the widespread appreciation of Russian talk, no one has analyzed it as a form of cultural performance. As one of the first Western...



The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture
A comprehensive account of the influence of occult beliefs and doctrines on intellectual and cultural life in twentieth-century Russia.



The Cross and the Sickle
Sergei Bulgakov and the Fate of Russian Religious Philosophy,1890–1920
Catherine Evtuhov
Catherine Evtuhov resurrects the brilliant and contradictory currents of turn-of-the-century Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg through an intellectual biography of Sergei Bulgakov (1871–1944), one of the central figures of the Silver Age. The son of a...



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