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Raised under Stalin
Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism
Seth Bernstein
In Raised under Stalin, Seth Bernstein shows how Stalin’s regime provided young people with opportunities as members of the Young Communist League or Komsomol even as it surrounded them with violence, shaping socialist youth culture and socialism more broadly through the threat and experience of war. Informed by declassified materials from...



Everyday Law in Russia
Kathryn Hendley
Everyday Law in Russia challenges the prevailing common wisdom that Russians cannot rely on their law and that Russian courts are hopelessly politicized and corrupt. While acknowledging the persistence of verdicts dictated by the Kremlin in politically charged cases, Kathryn Hendley explores how ordinary Russian citizens experience...



Milk Sauce and Paprika
Migration, Childhood and Memories of the Interwar Belgian-Hungarian Child Relief Project
Vera Hajto
Children who migrated without their families were noteworthy participants in interwar European migration history. Milk Sauce and Paprika tells the story of Hungarian children who were sent to Belgium in the framework of a humanitarian project between 1923 and 1927.



The Gulag after Stalin
Redefining Punishment in Khrushchev's Soviet Union, 1953-1964
Jeffrey S. Hardy
In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's...



Nabokov
The Mystery of Literary Structures
Leona Toker
Vladimir Nabokov described the literature course he taught at Cornell as "a kind of detective investigation of the mystery of literary structures." Leona Toker here pursues a similar investigation of the enigmatic structures of Nabokov's own fiction. According to Toker, most previous critics stressed either Nabokov’s concern with form or the...



Governing Habits
Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic
Eugene Raikhel
Governing Habits is an ethnography of extraordinary sensitivity and awareness that shows how therapeutic practice and expertise is expressed in the highly specific, yet rapidly transforming milieu of hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers in post-Soviet...



Unfinished Utopia
Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949–56
Katherine A. Lebow
A social and cultural history of Nowa Huta, adjacent to the historic city of Krakow and dubbed Poland's "first socialist city" by Communist propaganda of the...



The Merchants of Siberia
Trade in Early Modern Eurasia
Erika Monahan
In The Merchants of Siberia, Erika Monahan reconsiders commerce in early modern Russia by reconstructing the trading world of Siberia and the careers of merchants who traded there. She follows the histories of three merchant families from various social ranks who conducted trade in Siberia for well over a...



Priests of Prosperity
How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World
Juliet Johnson
Priests of Prosperity explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary...



The Gumilev Mystique
Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia
Mark Bassin
In The Gumilev Mystique, Mark Bassin investigates the complex structure of Lev Gumilev's theories, revealing how they reflected and helped shape a variety of academic as well as political and social discourses in the USSR, and he traces how his authority has grown yet greater across the former Soviet...



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