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Russia at Play
Leisure Activities at the End of the Tsarist Era
Louise McReynolds
An athlete becomes a movie star; a waiter rises to manage a chain of nightclubs; a movie scenarist takes to writing restaurant reviews. Intrepid women hunt bears, drive in automobile races, and fly, first in balloons and then in airplanes. Sensational...



Proletarian Imagination
Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910–1925
Mark D. Steinberg
In fin-de-siècle and early revolutionary Russia, a group of self-educated workers produced a large body of poetry and prose in which they attempted to comprehend their rapidly changing world. Witnesses to wars and revolution, these men and women...



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...



Contending with Stalinism
Soviet Power and Popular Resistance in the 1930s
Resistance has become an important and controversial analytical category for the study of Stalinism. The opening of Soviet archives allows historians an unprecedented look at the fabric of state and society in the 1930s. Researchers long spellbound by...



A Woman's Kingdom
Noblewomen and the Control of Property in Russia, 1700–1861
Michelle Lamarche Marrese
In A Woman's Kingdom, Michelle Lamarche Marrese explores the development of Russian noblewomen's unusual property rights. In contrast to women in Western Europe, who could not control their assets during marriage until the second half of the...



The Unmaking of Soviet Life
Everyday Economies after Socialism
Caroline Humphrey
In order to understand today's Russia and former Soviet republics, it is vital to consider their socialist past. Caroline Humphrey, one of anthropology's most highly regarded thinkers on a number of topics including consumption, identity, and ritual...



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 promote...



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...



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...



At the Margins of Orthodoxy
Mission, Governance, and Confessional Politics in Russia's Volga-Kama Region, 1827–1905
Paul W. Werth
In a period of dramatic social change, when Orthodoxy and nationalism were the twin pillars of the Russian state, how did the tsarist bureaucracy govern an expansive realm inhabited by the peoples of many nations and ethnicities professing various...



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