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The Transfigured Kingdom
Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great
Ernest A. Zitser
Studies of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University In this richly comparative analysis of late Muscovite and early Imperial court culture, Ernest A. Zitser provides a corrective to the secular bias of the scholarly literature about the reforms of...



Russia Gets the Blues
Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
Michael E. Urban
Michael Urban chronicles the advent of blues music in Russia and explores the significance of the genre in the turbulent, postcommunist society. Russians, he explains, have taken a music originating in the "low" culture of the American South and...



Veiled Empire
Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia
Douglas Northrop
Drawing on extensive research in the archives of Russia and Uzbekistan, Douglas Northrop here reconstructs the turbulent history of a Soviet campaign that sought to end the seclusion of Muslim women. In Uzbekistan it focused above all on a massive...



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 Uzbekistan...



Castration and the Heavenly Kingdom
A Russian Folktale
Laura Engelstein
Of the many sects that broke from the official Russian Orthodox church in the eighteenth century, one was universally despised. Its members were peasants from the Russian heartland skilled in the arts of animal husbandry who turned their knives on...



Stalinist Values
The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917–1941
David L. Hoffmann
Soviet official culture underwent a dramatic shift in the mid-1930s, when Stalin and his fellow leaders began to promote conventional norms, patriarchal families, tsarist heroes, and Russian literary classics. For Leon Trotsky—and many later...



Architectures of Russian Identity, 1500 to the Present
From the royal pew of Ivan the Terrible, to Catherine the Great's use of landscape, to the struggles between the Orthodox Church and preservationists in post-Soviet Yaroslavl—across five centuries of Russian history, Russian leaders have used...



Stalin's Outcasts
Aliens, Citizens, and the Soviet State, 1926–1936
Golfo Alexopoulos
"I served not in defense of the bourgeois order, but only for a crumb of bread since I was burdened with five small children." "From 1923 to 1925 I worked as a musician but later my earnings weren't steady and I quickly stopped. Without an income to...



Summerfolk
A History of the Dacha, 1710–2000
Stephen Lovell
A fascinating work rich in detail, Summerfolk explores the ways in which Russia's turbulent past has shaped the function of the dacha and attitudes toward it.



Storm of Steel
The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919–1939
Mary R. Habeck
In this fascinating account of the battle tanks that saw combat in the European Theater of World War II, Mary R. Habeck traces the strategies developed in Germany and the Soviet Union between the wars for the use of armored vehicles in battle.



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