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Where Two Worlds Met
The Russian State and the Kalmyk Nomads, 1600–1771
Michael Khodarkovsky
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the expanding Russian empire was embroiled in a dramatic confrontation with the nomadic people known as the Kalmyks who had moved westward from Inner Asia onto the vast Caspian and Volga steppes. Drawing...



Cartographies of Tsardom
The Land and Its Meanings in Seventeenth-Century Russia
Valerie Kivelson
Toward the end of the sixteenth century, and throughout the seventeenth, thinking in spatial terms assumed extraordinary urgency among Russia's ruling elites. The two great developments of this era in Russian history-the enserfment of the peasantry...



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 Foe Within
Fantasies of Treason and the End of Imperial Russia
William C. Fuller
In the early morning of March 19, 1915, Lt. Colonel S. N. Miasoedov, a former gendarme officer on active duty with the Russian army in World War I, was hanged after a two-hour trial in Warsaw for treason. Although he was innocent of this charge...



Republic of Labor
Russian Printers and Soviet Socialism, 1918–1930
Diane P. Koenker
The long decade from the October Revolution to 1930 was the beginning of a great experiment to create a socialist society. Throughout these years, socialist trade unions attempted to transform the Russian worker into a productive and enthusiastic...



Performing Justice
Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia
Elizabeth A. Wood
After seizing power in 1917, the Bolshevik regime faced the daunting task of educating and bringing culture to the vast and often illiterate mass of Soviet soldiers, workers, and peasants. As part of this campaign, civilian educators and political...



Heretics and Colonizers
Forging Russia's Empire in the South Caucasus
Nicholas B. Breyfogle
Breyfogle explores the dynamic intersection of Russian borderland colonization and popular religious culture among Russia's religious sectarians: Dukhobors, Molokans, and Subbotniks.



Empire of Nations
Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union
Francine Hirsch
In Empire of Nations, Francine Hirsch examines the ways in which former imperial ethnographers and local elites provided the Bolsheviks with ethnographic knowledge that shaped the very formation of the new Soviet Union.



Telling October
Memory and the Making of the Bolshevik Revolution
Frederick C. Corney
All revolutionary regimes seek to legitimize themselves through foundation narratives that, told and retold, become constituent parts of the social fabric, erasing or pushing aside alternative histories. Frederick C. Corney draws on a wide range of...



Taming the Wild Field
Colonization and Empire on the Russian Steppe
Willard Sunderland
Stretching from the tributaries of the Danube to the Urals and from the Russian forests to the Black and Caspian seas, the vast European steppe has for centuries played very different roles in the Russian imagination. To the Grand Princes of Kiev and...



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