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Lost to the Collective
Suicide and the Promise of Soviet Socialism, 1921–1929
Kenneth M. Pinnow
In this landmark book, suicide becomes an incredibly revealing lens through which to interpret how experts and Bolsheviks diagnosed the health of revolutionary society.



Slavophile Empire
Imperial Russia's Illiberal Path
Laura Engelstein
Engelstein asks how Russia's identity came to be defined in terms of an consensus opposed to Western-style liberalism, examining debates on religion and secularism, the role of culture and the law, and the status of the empire's ethnic peripheries.



The Old Faith and the Russian Land
A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals
Douglas Rogers
The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town, Sepych, over three centuries.



Stories of the Soviet Experience
Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams
Irina Paperno
Paperno argues that, diverse as they are, these narratives—memoirs, diaries, notes, blogs—assert the historical significance of intimate lives shaped by catastrophic political forces, especially the Terror under Stalin and World War II.



Spartak Moscow
A History of the People's Team in the Workers' State
Robert Edelman
In book that will be cheered by soccer fans worldwide, Robert Edelman finds in the stands and on the pitch keys to understanding everyday life under Stalin, Khrushchev, and their successors. To cheer for Spartak, Edelman shows, was to oppose the regime.



From Ruins to Reconstruction
Urban Identity in Soviet Sevastopol after World War II
Karl D. Qualls
Based on extensive research in archives in both Moscow and Sevastopol, architectural plans and drawings, interviews, and his own extensive experience in Sevastopol, Qualls tells a unique story in which the periphery "bests" the Stalinist center.



To the Tashkent Station
Evacuation and Survival in the Soviet Union at War
Rebecca Manley
To the Tashkent Station brilliantly reconstructs the evacuation of over sixteen million Soviet civilians in one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II.



Meeting the Demands of Reason
The Life and Thought of Andrei Sakharov
Jay Bergman
A comprehensive account of Sakharov's life and intellectual development, focusing on his political thought and the effect his ideas had on Soviet society.



The Captive and the Gift
Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus
Bruce Grant
Bruce Grant explores the long relationship between Russia and the Caucasus and the means by which sovereignty has been exercised in this contested area.



Khrushchev's Cold Summer
Gulag Returnees, Crime, and the Fate of Reform after Stalin
Miriam Dobson
"This outstanding book examines the return of prisoners from the Gulag in the Soviet Union during the first decade after the death of Stalin."—Choice



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