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Empire of Friends

by Rachel Applebaum Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

The familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe focuses on political repression and military force. But in Empire of Friends, Rachel Applebaum shows how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted...

National Secession

by Philip G. Roeder Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

How do some national-secessionist campaigns get on the global agenda whereas others do not? Which projects for new nation-states, Philip Roeder asks, give rise to mayhem in the politics of existing states? National...


by Robert E. Blobaum Cornell University Press (May 20, 2016)

The revolution of 1905 in the Russian-ruled Kingdom of Poland marked the consolidation of major new influences on the political scene. As he examines the emergence of a mass political culture in Poland, Robert...

The Nation in the Village

by Keely Stauter-Halsted Cornell University Press (September 25, 2015)

How do peasants come to think of themselves as members of a nation? The widely accepted argument is that national sentiment originates among intellectuals or urban middle classes, then "trickles down" to the...

Intimate Violence

by Jeffrey S. Kopstein & Jason Wittenberg Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

Why do pogroms occur in some localities and not in others? Jeffrey S. Kopstein and Jason Wittenberg examine a particularly brutal wave of violence that occurred across hundreds of predominantly Polish and Ukrainian...

The NGO Game

by Patrice C. McMahon Cornell University Press (June 01, 2017)

In most post-conflict countries nongovernmental organizations are everywhere, but their presence is misunderstood. In The NGO Game Patrice McMahon investigates the unintended outcomes of what she calls the NGO...

The Uskoks of Senj

by Catherine Wendy Bracewell Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

In this highly original and influential book, Catherine Wendy Bracewell reconstructs and analyzes the tumultuous history of the uskoks of Senj, the martial bands nominally under the control of the Habsburg Military...

Privatizing Poland

by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn Cornell University Press (September 25, 2015)

The transition from socialism in Eastern Europe is not an isolated event, but part of a larger shift in world capitalism: the transition from Fordism to flexible (or neoliberal) capitalism. Using a blend of...

Violence as a Generative Force

by Max Bergholz Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling...

Veiled Empire

by Douglas T. Northrop Cornell University Press (June 08, 2016)

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...

The Captive and the Gift

by Bruce Grant Cornell University Press

The Caucasus region of Eurasia, wedged in between the Black and Caspian Seas, encompasses the modern territories of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, as well as the troubled republic of Chechnya in southern...

Nested Security

by Erin K. Jenne Cornell University Press (November 02, 2015)

Why does soft power conflict management meet with variable success over the course of a single mediation? In Nested Security, Erin K. Jenne asserts that international conflict management is almost never a straightforward...

Whose Bosnia?

by Edin Hajdarpasic Cornell University Press (September 30, 2015)

As the site of the assassination that triggered World War I and the place where the term "ethnic cleansing" was invented during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, Bosnia has become a global symbol of nationalist...

The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv

by Tarik Cyril Amar Cornell University Press (November 17, 2015)

In The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv, Tarik Cyril Amar reveals the local and transnational forces behind the twentieth-century transformation of one of East Central Europe's most important multiethnic borderland...

Holy Legionary Youth

by Roland Clark Cornell University Press (June 05, 2015)

Founded in 1927, Romania’s Legion of the Archangel Michael was one of Europe’s largest and longest-lived fascist social movements. In Holy Legionary Youth, Roland Clark draws on oral histories, memoirs,...

Kidnapped Souls

by Tara Zahra Cornell University Press (July 07, 2011)

Throughout the nineteenth and into the early decades of the twentieth century, it was common for rural and working-class parents in the Czech-German borderlands to ensure that their children were bilingual by...

Blood Ties

by İpek Yosmaoğlu Cornell University Press (November 15, 2013)

The region that is today the Republic of Macedonia was long the heart of the Ottoman Empire in Europe. It was home to a complex mix of peoples and faiths who had for hundreds of years lived together in relative...

Priest, Politician, Collaborator

by James Mace Ward Cornell University Press

In Priest, Politician, Collaborator, James Mace Ward offers the first comprehensive and scholarly English-language biography of the Catholic priest and Slovak nationalist Jozef Tiso (1887-1947). The first president...

Creating Kosovo

by Elton Skendaj Cornell University Press (November 06, 2014)

In shaping the institutions of a new country, what interventions from international actors lead to success and failure? Elton Skendaj's investigation into Kosovo, based on national survey data, interviews,...

The Impossible Border

by Annemarie H. Sammartino Cornell University Press (January 03, 2014)

Between 1914 and 1922, millions of Europeans left their homes as a result of war, postwar settlements, and revolution. After 1918, the immense movement of people across Germany's eastern border posed a sharp...

Balkan Smoke

by Mary C. Neuburger Cornell University Press (October 04, 2012)

In Balkan Smoke, Mary Neuburger leads readers along the Bulgarian-Ottoman caravan routes and into the coffeehouses of Istanbul and Sofia. She reveals how a remote country was drawn into global economic networks...

Peacebuilding in Practice

by Adam Moore Cornell University Press

In November 2007 Adam Moore was conducting fieldwork in Mostar when the southern Bosnian city was rocked by two days of violent clashes between Croat and Bosniak youth. It was not the city’s only experience...

Unfinished Utopia

by Katherine A. Lebow Cornell University Press (June 01, 2013)

Unfinished Utopia is a social and cultural history of Nowa Huta, dubbed Poland's "first socialist city" by Communist propaganda of the 1950s. Work began on the new town, located on the banks of the Vistula River...

Revolution with a Human Face

by James Krapfl Cornell University Press

In this social and cultural history of Czechoslovakia’s “gentle revolution,” James Krapfl shifts the focus away from elites to ordinary citizens who endeavored—from the outbreak of revolution in 1989...

Ethnic Bargaining

by Erin K. Jenne Cornell University Press (May 29, 2014)

In Ethnic Bargaining, Erin K. Jenne introduces a theory of minority politics that blends comparative analysis and field research in the postcommunist countries of East Central Europe with insights from rational...

Sarajevo, 1941–1945

by Emily Greble Cornell University Press (February 25, 2011)

On April 15, 1941, Sarajevo fell to Germany's 16th Motorized Infantry Division. The city, along with the rest of Bosnia, was incorporated into the Independent State of Croatia, one of the most brutal of Nazi...

Constructing Grievance

by Elise Giuliano Cornell University Press

Demands for national independence among ethnic minorities around the world suggest the power of nationalism. Contemporary nationalist movements can quickly attract fervent followings, but they can just as rapidly...

The Myth of Ethnic War

by V. P. Gagnon Cornell University Press

"The wars in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in neighboring Croatia and Kosovo grabbed the attention of the western world not only because of their ferocity and their geographic location, but also because of their timing....

Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States

by Gerald Easter Cornell University Press

The postcommunist transitions produced two very different types of states. The "contractual" state is associated with the countries of Eastern Europe, which moved toward democratic regimes, consensual relations...

Between Two Motherlands

by Theodora K. Dragostinova Cornell University Press

In 1900, some 100,000 people living in Bulgaria-2 percent of the country's population-could be described as Greek, whether by nationality, language, or religion. The complex identities of the population-proud...

Russia on the Edge

by Edith W. Clowes Cornell University Press

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russians have confronted a major crisis of identity. Soviet ideology rested on a belief in historical progress, but the post-Soviet imagination has obsessed...

The greengrocer and his TV

by Paulina Bren Cornell University Press

The 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia brought an end to the Prague Spring and its promise of "socialism with a human face." Before the invasion, Czech reformers had made unexpected use of television to...

Capitalist Diversity on Europe's Periphery

by Dorothee Bohle & Béla Greskovits Cornell University Press

With the collapse of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance in 1991, the Eastern European nations of the former socialist bloc had to figure out their newly capitalist future. Capitalism, they found, was...

Blue Helmets and Black Markets

by Peter Andreas Cornell University Press

The 1992-1995 battle for Sarajevo was the longest siege in modern history. It was also the most internationalized, attracting a vast contingent of aid workers, UN soldiers, journalists, smugglers, and embargo-busters....

Modern Hatreds

by Stuart J. Kaufman Cornell University Press (May 26, 2015)

Ethnic conflict has been the driving force of wars all over the world, yet it remains an enigma. What is it about ethnicity that breaks countries apart and drives people to acts of savage violence against their...

A Minor Apocalypse

by Robert E. Blobaum Cornell University Press (February 15, 2017)

In A Minor Apocalypse, Robert Blobaum explores the social and cultural history of Warsaw's "forgotten war" of 1914–1918. Beginning with the bank panic that accompanied the outbreak of the Great War, Blobaum...