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Orthodox Christianity in Imperial Russia: A Source Book on Lived Religion

by Heather Coleman Indiana University Press (September 03, 2014)

From sermons and clerical reports to personal stories of faith, this book of translated primary documents reveals the lived experience of Orthodox Christianity in 19th- and early 20th-century Russia. These documents...


Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia

by Alexander Bogdanov, Charles Rougle, Loren R. Graham & Richard Stites Indiana University Press (June 01, 1984)

"[A] surprisingly moving story." -The New Yorker

"Bogdanov's novels reveal a great deal about their fascinating author, about his time and, ironically, ours, and about the genre of utopia as well as his contribution...


Blood Libel in Late Imperial Russia: The Ritual Murder Trial of Mendel Beilis

by Robert Weinberg Indiana University Press (November 20, 2013)

On Sunday, March 20, 1911, children playing in a cave near Kiev made a gruesome discovery: the blood-soaked body of a partially clad boy. After right-wing groups asserted that the killing was a ritual murder,...


In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine

by Jeffrey Veidlinger Indiana University Press (November 01, 2013)

The story of how the Holocaust decimated Jewish life in the shtetls of Eastern Europe is well known. Still, thousands of Jews in these small towns survived the war and returned afterward to rebuild their communities....


The Socialist Sixties: Crossing Borders in the Second World

by Anne E. Gorsuch & Diane P. Koenker Indiana University Press (June 12, 2013)

The 1960s have reemerged in scholarly and popular culture as a protean moment of cultural revolution and social transformation. In this volume socialist societies in the Second World (the Soviet Union, East...


Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk

by Elissa Bemporad Indiana University Press (April 29, 2013)

Minsk, the present capital of Belarus, was a heavily Jewish city in the decades between the world wars. Recasting our understanding of Soviet Jewish history, Becoming Soviet Jews demonstrates that the often...


Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands

by Omer Bartov & Eric D Weitz Indiana University Press (February 15, 2013)

Shatterzone of Empires is a comprehensive analysis of interethnic relations, coexistence, and violence in Europe's eastern borderlands over the past two centuries. In this vast territory, extending from the...


Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, and Patriotism

by Stephen M. Norris Indiana University Press (October 19, 2012)

Seeking to rebuild the Russian film industry after its post-Soviet collapse, directors and producers sparked a revival of nationalist and patriotic sentiment by applying Hollywood techniques to themes drawn...


Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia

by Robert F. Goeckel Indiana University Press (August 03, 2018)

Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia considers what impact Western religious culture had on Soviet religious policy. While Russia was a predominantly Orthodox country, Baltic states annexed after WWII,...


Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe

by Alex J. Kay & David Stahel Indiana University Press (July 03, 2018)

Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe argues for a more comprehensive understanding of what constitutes Nazi violence and who was affected by this violence. The works gathered consider sexual violence, food...


Dystopia's Provocateurs

by Edyta Materka Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

Toward the end of the Second World War, Poland’s annexation of eastern German lands precipitated one of the largest demographic upheavals in European history. Edyta Materka travels to her native village in...


The Voice of Technology

by Lilya Kaganovsky Indiana University Press (February 13, 2018)

As cinema industries around the globe adjusted to the introduction of synch-sound technology, the Soviet Union was also shifting culturally, politically, and ideologically from the heterogeneous film industry...


Have the Mountains Fallen?

by Jeffrey Lilley Indiana University Press (January 25, 2018)

After surviving the blitzkrieg of World War II and escaping from two Nazi prison camps, Soviet soldier Azamat Altay was banished as a traitor from his native home land. Chinghiz Aitmatov became a hero of Kyrgyzstan,...


Socialist Senses

by Emma Widdis Indiana University Press (October 13, 2017)

In a major reimagining of the history and cultural impact of Soviet film, noted film scholar Emma Widdis explores the fundamental transformations in how film, through the senses, remade the Soviet self in the...


Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry

by John Bushnell Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

John Bushnell’s analysis of previously unstudied church records and provincial archives reveals surprising marriage patterns in Russian peasant villages in the 18th and 19th centuries. For some villages the...


A History of Women in Russia: From Earliest Times to the Present

by Barbara Evans Clements Indiana University Press (June 29, 2012)

Synthesizing several decades of scholarship by historians East and West, Barbara Evans Clements traces the major developments in the history of women in Russia and their impact on the history of the nation....


A Generation of Revolutionaries

by Ben Eklof & Tatiana Saburova Indiana University Press (October 06, 2017)

Nikolai Charushin’s memoirs of his experience as a member of the revolutionary populist movement in Russia are familiar to historians, but A Generation of Revolutionariesprovides a broader and more engaging...


Russia's People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present

by Edited by Stephen M. Norris and Willard Sunderland Indiana University Press (July 11, 2012)

A fundamental dimension of the Russian historical experience has been the diversity of its people and cultures, religions and languages, landscapes and economies. For six centuries this diversity was contained...


Historians and Historical Societies in the Public Life of Imperial Russia

by Vera Kaplan Indiana University Press (February 27, 2017)

What was the role of historians and historical societies in the public life of imperial Russia? Focusing on the Society of Zealots of Russian Historical Education (1895–1918), Vera Kaplan analyzes the network...


Communist Daze

by Vladimir A. Tsesis Indiana University Press (February 13, 2017)

Welcome to Gradieshti, a Soviet village awash in gray buildings and ramshackle fences, home to a large, collective farm and to the most oddball and endearing cast of characters possible. For three years in the...


The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power

by Andrew Sloin Indiana University Press (February 13, 2017)

Jewish life was changed fundamentally as Jews joined the Bolshevik movement and populated the front lines of the revolutionary struggle. Andrew Sloin's story follows the arc of Bolshevik history but shows how...


Russia's Steppe Frontier: The Making of a Colonial Empire, 1500-1800

by Michael Khodarkovsky Indiana University Press (February 22, 2002)

"... a tremendously important contribution to the field of Russian history and the comparative study of empires and frontiers. There is no comparable work in any language.... The book presents an intricate and...


City of Rogues and Schnorrers: Russia's Jews and the Myth of Old Odessa

by Jarrod Tanny Indiana University Press (November 14, 2011)

Old Odessa, on the Black Sea, gained notoriety as a legendary city of Jewish gangsters and swindlers, a frontier boomtown mythologized for the adventurers, criminals, and merrymakers who flocked there to seek...


Secularism Soviet Style: Teaching Atheism and Religion in a Volga Republic

by Sonja Luehrmann Indiana University Press (November 24, 2011)

Sonja Luehrmann explores the Soviet atheist effort to build a society without gods or spirits and its afterlife in post-Soviet religious revival. Combining archival research on atheist propaganda of the 1960s...


Muslim Women of the Fergana Valley: A 19th-Century Ethnography from Central Asia

by Valdimir Nalivkin, Maria Nalivkina, Mariana Markova & Marianne Ruth Kamp Indiana University Press (July 04, 2016)

Muslim Women of the Fergana Valley is the first English translation of an important 19th-century Russian text describing everyday life in Uzbek communities. Vladimir and Maria Nalivkin were Russians who settled...


Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

by Leyla J. Keough Indiana University Press (February 01, 2016)

Following Moldovan women who "commute" for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul, Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the world of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist...


Mass Culture in Soviet Russia: Tales, Poems, Songs, Movies, Plays, and Folklore, 1917-1953

by James Von Geldern & Richard Stites Indiana University Press (December 22, 1995)

This anthology offers a rich array of documents, short fiction, poems, songs, plays, movie scripts, comic routines, and folklore to offer a close look at the mass culture that was consumed by millions in Soviet...


A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present

by Zvi Gitelman Indiana University Press (April 22, 2001)

Now back in print in a new edition!

A Century of Ambivalence

The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present

Second, Expanded Edition

Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historical...


The Muslim Question and Russian Imperial Governance

by Elena I. Campbell Indiana University Press (January 26, 2015)

From the time of the Crimean War through the fall of the Tsar, the question of what to do about the Russian empire's large Muslim population was a highly contested issue among educated Russians both inside and...