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Social Construction of Foreign Policy
Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999
Ted Hopf
In this deeply researched book Ted Hopf challenges contemporary theorizing about international relations. He advances what he believes is a commonsensical notion: a state's domestic identity has an enormous effect on its international policies. Hopf...



Violent Entrepreneurs
The Use of Force in the Making of Russian Capitalism
Vadim Volkov
Entering the shady world of what he calls "violent entrepreneurship," Vadim Volkov explores the economic uses of violence and coercion in Russia in the 1990s. Violence has played, he shows, a crucial role in creating the institutions of a new market...



Unarmed Forces
The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War
Matthew Evangelista
Throughout the Cold War, people worldwide feared that the U.S. and Soviet governments could not prevent a nuclear showdown. Citizens from both East-bloc and Western countries, among them prominent scientists and physicians, formed networks to...



Mythmaking in the New Russia
Politics and Memory in the Yeltsin Era
Kathleen E. Smith
After the collapse of Communist rule in 1991, those loyal to the old regime tried to salvage their political dreams by rejecting some aspects of their history and embracing others. Yeltsin and the democrats, although initially hesitant to rely on...



The Affirmative Action Empire
Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923–1939
Terry Martin
The Soviet Union was the first of Europe's multiethnic states to confront the rising tide of nationalism by systematically promoting the national consciousness of its ethnic minorities and establishing for them many of the institutional forms...



Russia's Unfinished Revolution
Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin
Michael McFaul
Michael McFaul traces Russia's tumultuous political history from Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 through the 1999 resignation of Boris Yeltsin in favor of Vladimir Putin.






A Fistful of Rubles
The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System
Juliet Johnson
After the breakup of the USSR, it briefly appeared as though Russia's emerging commercial banks might act as engines of growth for a new capitalist economy. However, despite more than a decade of "reforms," Russia's financial system collapsed in...



Anatomy of Mistrust
U.S.-Soviet Relations during the Cold War
Deborah Welch Larson
Synthesizing different understandings of trust and mistrust from the theoretical traditions of economics, psychology, and game theory, Larson analyzes five cases that might have been turning points in U.S.-Soviet relations.



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...



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