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The Transfigured Kingdom

by Ernest A. Zitser Cornell University Press (May 16, 2017)

In this richly comparative analysis of late Muscovite and early Imperial court culture, Ernest A. Zitser provides a corrective to the secular bias of the scholarly literature about the reforms of Peter the Great....


Voices from the Soviet Edge

by Jeff Sahadeo Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Jeff Sahadeo reveals the complex and fascinating stories of migrant populations in Leningrad and Moscow. Voices from the Soviet Edge focuses on the hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks, Tajiks, Georgians, Azerbaijanis,...


Plots against Russia

by Eliot Borenstein Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

In this original and timely assessment of cultural expressions of paranoia in contemporary Russia, Eliot Borenstein samples popular fiction, movies, television shows, public political pronouncements, internet...


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...


Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses

by Ralph S. Clem Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Taken together, the Russian census of 1897 and the Soviet censuses of 1926, 1959, 1970, and 1979 constitute the largest collection of empirical data available on that country, but until the publication of this...


Creative Union

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians...


Revolution of the Mind

by Michael David-Fox Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

Using archival materials never previously accessible to Western scholars, Michael David-Fox analyzes Bolshevik Party educational and research initiatives in higher learning after 1917. His fresh consideration...


The Electrification of Russia, 1880-1926

by Jonathan Coopersmith Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

?p?he Electrification of Russia, 1880–1926 is the first full account of the widespread adoption of electricity in Russia, from the beginning in the 1880s to its early years as a state technology under Soviet...


The Hungry Steppe

by Sarah Cameron Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

The Hungry Steppe examines one of the most heinous crimes of the Stalinist regime, the Kazakh famine of 1930–33. More than 1.5 million people perished in this famine, a quarter of Kazakhstan’s population,...


On the Threshold of Eurasia

by Leah Feldman Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

On the Threshold of Eurasia explores the idea of the Russian and Soviet "East" as a political, aesthetic, and scientific system of ideas that emerged through a series of intertextual encounters produced by Russians...


Politics under the Influence

by Anna L. Bailey Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

"You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster." So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the...


Smoking under the Tsars

by Tricia Starks Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

Approaching tobacco from the perspective of users, producers, and objectors, Smoking under the Tsars provides an unparalleled view of Russia’s early adoption of smoking. Tricia Starks introduces us to the...


Revolutionary Acts

by Lynn Mally Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

During the Russian Revolution and Civil War, amateur theater groups sprang up in cities across the country. Workers, peasants, students, soldiers, and sailors provided entertainment ranging from improvisations...


Proletarian Peasants

by Robert Edelman Cornell University Press (August 06, 2016)

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution...


The Old Faith and the Russian Land

by Douglas Rogers Cornell University Press (December 15, 2010)

The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town over three centuries. The town of Sepych was settled in the late seventeenth...


By Honor Bound

by Nancy Shields Kollmann Cornell University Press (August 10, 2016)

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Russians from all ranks of society were bound together by a culture of honor. Here one of the foremost scholars of early modern Russia explores the intricate and highly...


Laboratory of Socialist Development

by Artemy M. Kalinovsky Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Artemy Kalinovsky’s Laboratory of Socialist Development investigates the Soviet effort to make promises of decolonization a reality by looking at the politics and practices of economic development in central...


Raised under Stalin

by Seth Bernstein Cornell University Press (July 11, 2017)

In Raised under Stalin, Seth Bernstein shows how Stalin’s regime provided young people with opportunities as members of the Young Communist League or Komsomol even as it surrounded them with violence, shaping...


Not According to Plan

by Maria Belodubrovskaya Cornell University Press (September 01, 2017)

" Not According to Plan is a clearly and engagingly written book on the mechanisms of film production under Stalin that offers invaluable insights into the mechanisms of film production and screenwriting."—Birgit...


Deaf in the USSR

by Claire L. Shaw Cornell University Press (September 08, 2017)

"Engagingly written and impeccably researched, this history of the deaf community in the USSR is a welcome addition to the history of the Soviet Union, to the history of welfare, and to disability studies."—Diane...


Mirrors of the Economy

by Yoshiko M. Herrera Cornell University Press (August 08, 2017)

As international institutions multiply and more governments sign on to standardized ways of organizing economies and societies, resistance to globalization persists. In Mirrors of the Economy, Yoshiko M. Herrera...


The Gulag after Stalin

by Jeffrey S. Hardy Cornell University Press (October 18, 2016)

In The Gulag after Stalin, Jeffrey S. Hardy reveals how the vast Soviet penal system was reimagined and reformed in the wake of Stalin's death. Hardy argues that penal reform in the 1950s was a serious endeavor...


Governing Habits

by Eugene Raikhel Cornell University Press (October 19, 2016)

Critics of narcology—as addiction medicine is called in Russia—decry it as being "backward," hopelessly behind contemporary global medical practices in relation to addiction and substance abuse, and assume...


Violent Entrepreneurs

by Vadim Volkov Cornell University Press (March 25, 2016)

Entering the shady world of what he calls "violent entrepreneurship," Vadim Volkov explores the economic uses of violence and coercion in Russia in the 1990s. Violence has played, he shows, a crucial role in...


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...


Taming the Wild Field

by Willard Sunderland Cornell University Press (March 10, 2016)

Stretching from the tributaries of the Danube to the Urals and from the Russian forests to the Black and Caspian seas, the vast European steppe has for centuries played very different roles in the Russian imagination....


Arctic Mirrors

by Yuri Slezkine Cornell University Press (November 01, 2016)

For over five hundred years the Russians wondered what kind of people their Arctic and sub-Arctic subjects were. "They have mouths between their shoulders and eyes in their chests," reported a fifteenth-century...


Summerfolk

by Stephen Lovell Cornell University Press (May 19, 2016)

The dacha is a sometimes beloved, sometimes scorned Russian dwelling. Alexander Pushkin summered in one; Joseph Stalin lived in one for the last twenty years of his life; and contemporary Russian families still...


The Gumilev Mystique

by Mark Bassin & Ronald Grigor Suny Cornell University Press (February 04, 2016)

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the legacy of the historian, ethnographer, and geographer Lev Nikolaevich Gumilev (1912–1992) has attracted extraordinary interest in Russia and beyond. The son of two...


Stories of House and Home

by Christine Varga-Harris Cornell University Press (October 22, 2015)

Stories of House and Home is a social and cultural history of the massive construction campaign that Khrushchev instituted in 1957 to resolve the housing crisis in the Soviet Union and to provide each family...


Virtuosi Abroad

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (August 12, 2015)

In the 1940s and 1950s, Soviet musicians and ensembles were acclaimed across the globe. They toured the world, wowing critics and audiences, projecting an image of the USSR as a sophisticated promoter of cultural...


Gangs of Russia

by Svetlana Stephenson Cornell University Press (July 31, 2015)

Since their spectacular rise in the 1990s, Russian gangs have remained entrenched in many parts of the country. Some gang members have perished in gang wars or ended up behind prison bars, while others have...


The Depths of Russia

by Douglas Rogers Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Russia is among the world's leading oil producers, sitting atop the planet's eighth largest reserves. Like other oil-producing nations, it has been profoundly transformed by the oil industry. In The Depths of...


Kodiak Kreol

by Gwenn A. Miller Cornell University Press (December 15, 2015)

From the 1780s to the 1820s, Kodiak Island, the first capital of Imperial Russia's only overseas colony, was inhabited by indigenous Alutiiq people and colonized by Russians. Together, they established an ethnically...


Making Uzbekistan

by Adeeb Khalid Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. Traumatic upheavals—war, economic collapse, famine—transformed local society and...


Russian Hajj

by Eileen Kane Cornell University Press (November 02, 2015)

In the late nineteenth century, as a consequence of imperial conquest and a mobility revolution, Russia became a crossroads of the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The first book in any language...


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...


Russia's Unfinished Revolution

by Michael McFaul Cornell University Press

For centuries, dictators ruled Russia. Tsars and Communist Party chiefs were in charge for so long some analysts claimed Russians had a cultural predisposition for authoritarian leaders. Yet, as a result of...


Women without Men

by Jennifer Utrata Cornell University Press (April 02, 2015)

Women without Men illuminates Russia's "quiet revolution" in family life through the lens of single motherhood. Drawing on extensive ethnographic and interview data, Jennifer Utrata focuses on the puzzle of...


Housing the New Russia

by Jane R. Zavisca Cornell University Press

In Housing the New Russia, Jane R. Zavisca examines Russia's attempts to transition from a socialist vision of housing, in which the government promised a separate, state-owned apartment for every family, to...


The odd man Karakozov

by Claudia Verhoeven Cornell University Press

On April 4, 1866, just as Alexander II stepped out of Saint Petersburg's Summer Garden and onto the boulevard, a young man named Dmitry Karakozov pulled out a pistol and shot at the tsar. He missed, but his...


The Baron's Cloak

by Willard Sunderland Cornell University Press (May 08, 2014)

Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg (1885–1921) was a Baltic German aristocrat and tsarist military officer who fought against the Bolsheviks in Eastern Siberia during the Russian Civil War. From there...


Broad Is My Native Land

by Lewis H. Siegelbaum & Leslie Page Moch Cornell University Press (November 13, 2014)

Whether voluntary or coerced, hopeful or desperate, people moved in unprecedented numbers across Russia's vast territory during the twentieth century. Broad Is My Native Land is the first history of late imperial,...


The socialist car

by Lewis H. Siegelbaum Cornell University Press

Across the Soviet Bloc, from the 1960s until the collapse of communism, the automobile exemplified the tension between the ideological imperatives of political authorities and the aspirations of ordinary citizens....


Cars for Comrades

by Lewis H. Siegelbaum Cornell University Press

The automobile and Soviet communism made an odd couple. The quintessential symbol of American economic might and consumerism never achieved iconic status as an engine of Communist progress, in part because it...


The "Domostroi"

by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy Cornell University Press (June 14, 2014)

A manual on household management, the Domostroi is one of the few sources on the social history and secular life of Russia in the time of Ivan the Terrible. It depicts a society that prized religious orthodoxy,...


Stories of the Soviet Experience

by Irina Paperno Cornell University Press

Beginning with glasnost in the late 1980s and continuing into the present, scores of personal accounts of life under Soviet rule, written throughout its history, have been published in Russia, marking the end...


The death of Tolstoy

by William S. Nickell Cornell University Press

In the middle of the night of October 28, 1910, Leo Tolstoy, the most famous man in Russia, vanished. A secular saint revered for his literary genius, pacificism, and dedication to the earth and the poor, Tolstoy...


Murder Most Russian

by Louise McReynolds Cornell University Press

How a society defines crimes and prosecutes criminals illuminates its cultural values, social norms, and political expectations. In Murder Most Russian, Louise McReynolds uses a fascinating series of murders...


Tolstoy On War

by Rick McPeak & Donna Tussing Orwin Cornell University Press

In 1812, Napoleon launched his fateful invasion of Russia. Five decades later, Leo Tolstoy published War and Peace, a fictional representation of the era that is one of the most celebrated novels in world literature....