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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 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, Paul 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...



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.



Window on the East
National and Imperial Identities in Late Tsarist Russia
Robert Geraci
Robert Geraci presents an exceptionally original account of both the politics and the lived experience of diversity in a society whose ethnic complexity has long been downplayed. For centuries, Russians have defined their country as both a...



Of Religion and Empire
Missions, Conversion, and Tolerance in Tsarist Russia
This book is the first to investigate the role of religious conversion in the long history of Russian state building, with geographic coverage from Poland and European Russia to the Caucasus, Central Asia, Siberia, and Alaska.



"A People Born to Slavery"
Russia in Early Modern European Ethnography, 1476–1748
Marshall T. Poe
Many Americans and Europeans have for centuries viewed Russia as a despotic country in which people are inclined to accept suffering and oppression. What are the origins of this stereotype of Russia as a society fundamentally apart from nations in...



Antler on the Sea
The Yup'ik and Chukchi of the Russian Far East
Anna M. Kerttula
Anna M. Kerttula, an anthropologist, offers a vivid portrayal of life in Sireniki, a Siberian village on the Bering Sea. Once a traditional Yup'ik community, it was by the final years of the Soviet Empire home to three cultural groups: the Yup'ik...



Russia and Soul
An Exploration
Dale Pesmen
This ethnography of everyday life in contemporary Russia is also an examination of discourses and practices of "soul" or dusha. Russian soul has historically appeared as a myth, a consoling fiction, and a trope of national and individual...



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