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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 the...



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...



Self and Story in Russian History
Russians have often been characterized as people with souls rather than selves. Self and Story in Russian History challenges the portrayal of the Russian character as selfless, self-effacing, or self-torturing by exploring the texts through which...



Peasant Metropolis
Social Identities in Moscow, 1929–1941
David L. Hoffmann
During the 1930's, 23 million peasants left their villages and moved to Soviet cities, where they comprised almost half the urban population and more than half the nation's industrial workers. Drawing on previously inaccessible archival materials...



Undermining the Kremlin
America's Strategy to Subvert the Soviet Bloc, 1947–1956
Gregory Mitrovich
Mitrovich argues that the Cold War policy of containment was only the first step in America's clandestine campaign to destroy Soviet power, revealing a range of previously unknown covert actions launched during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.



Siberian Survival
The Nenets and Their Story
Andrei V. Golovnev, Gail Osherenko
The Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia is one of the few remaining places on earth where a nomadic people retain a traditional culture. Here in the tundra, the Nenets—one of the few indigenous minorities of the Russian North—follow a lifestyle...



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