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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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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...



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 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...



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