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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...


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...


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...


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...


Border Work

by Madeleine Reeves Cornell University Press

In Central Asia’s Ferghana Valley, where Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan meet, state territoriality has taken on new significance in these states’ second decade of independence, reshaping landscapes...


How Russia Really Works

by Alena V. Ledeneva Cornell University Press

During the Soviet era, blat—the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism....


Empire of Nations

by Francine Hirsch Cornell University Press

When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, they set themselves the task of building socialism in the vast landscape of the former Russian Empire, a territory populated by hundreds of different peoples belonging...


Knowing Dickens

by Rosemarie Bodenheimer Cornell University Press (November 09, 2012)

In this compelling and accessible book, Rosemarie Bodenheimer explores the thoughtworld of the Victorian novelist who was most deeply intrigued by nineteenth-century ideas about the unconscious mind. Dickens...