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Elusive Russia
Current Developments in Russian State Identity and Institutional Reform under President Putin
Since President Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 1999, the country's domestic political process has undergone continuous change; it remains unclear if Russia is on the road toward democracy, diverting from this path, or heading in the...



How Russia Really Works
The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business
Alena V. Ledeneva
Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s.



Creative Union
The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939–1953
Kiril Tomoff
Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians in the cultural elite? This is one of the questions that Kiril Tomoff seeks to answer in Creative Union, the first book about any of...



Owning Russia
The Struggle over Factories, Farms, and Power
Andrew Barnes
During and after the breakdown of the Soviet Union, a wide range of competitors fought to build new political and economic empires by wresting control over resources from the state and from each other. In the only book to examine the evolution...



Logics of Hierarchy
The Organization of Empires, States, and Military Occupations
Alexander Cooley
Reveals the varying organizational ability of powerful states to promote institutional transformation in their political peripheries and the consequences of these formations in determining pathways of postimperial extrication and state-building.



National Purpose in the World Economy
Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective
Rawi Abdelal
Drawing on field research in Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus, Rawi Abdelal provides an in-depth look at the link between national identity and the economic policies of the new states formed by the breakup of the Soviet...



Crafting Democracy
How Novgorod Has Coped with Rapid Social Change
Nicolai N. Petro, Nicolai Petro
The Novgorod region of Russia is a sparsely populated area about the size of Ireland better known for its medieval archaeology and folklore than for anything else. Although Novgorod began the post-Soviet period with no unusual endowment of natural...



The Transformation of Central Asia
States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence
With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, former Communist Party leaders in Central Asia were faced with the daunting task of building states where they previously had not existed: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and...



Building Democracy in Contemporary Russia
Western Support for Grassroots Organizations
Sarah L. Henderson
Can foreign donors help build new democracies? In the 1990s, public and private organizations such as USAID and the Soros Foundation poured huge amounts of money and expertise into Russia to help build the dream of a vibrant democratic society...



The Concept of Russia
Patterns for Political Development in the Russian Federation



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