Category: Russia

Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin by Catherine Merridale

By Catherine Merridale

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The amazing tale of the Kremlin, from prize-winning writer and historian Catherine Merridale

Both attractive and profoundly menacing, the Kremlin has ruled Moscow for lots of centuries. in the back of its nice pink partitions and towers a few of the so much startling occasions in Russia's heritage were acted out. it's either a true position and an imaginitive inspiration; a shorthand for a definite type of secretive energy, but in addition the guts of a selected Russian authenticity.

Catherine Merridale's extraordinary new ebook revels in either the drama of the Kremlin and its sheer unexpectedness: an impregnable citadel which has many times been devastated, a logo of all that's Russian considerably created by means of Italians. The Kremlin is among the only a few structures on this planet which nonetheless retains its unique, overdue medieval functionality: as a palace, equipped to intimidate the ruler's matters and to frighten international emissaries. pink fort brilliantly conveys this feeling of the Kremlin as a degree set, approximately as powerful below Vladimir Putin because it used to be less than past, way more baleful inhabitants.

About the author:

Catherine Merridale is the writer of Moscow Politics and the increase of Stalin, evening of Stone: loss of life and reminiscence in Russia, which received the Heinemann Prize for Literature and used to be shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and Ivan's struggle: The purple military, 1939-45. She is Professor of up to date historical past at Queen Mary, college of London.

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Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of by Oliver Bullough

By Oliver Bullough

Half travelogue, half background, Let Our status Be Great tells the tales of the forgotten peoples of the Caucasus sector, a big cultural crossroads the place jap Europe, important Asia, Turkey and the center East meet. the world used to be the house of the Golden Fleece and Prometheus’ position of exile, and later encouraged Pushkin and Lermontov, yet its wealthy background has been overshadowed by way of many years of guerrilla war. Now, it really is higher identified to us for the fight in Chechnya and the 2008 conflict among Georgia and Russia. touring via background and all through this tumultuous sector, journalist and Russia professional Oliver Bullough info the most important occasions —from nineteenth-century Tsarist expansionism to the fashionable day struggles in Chechnya and South Ossetia —that have formed this interesting land and its humans: the Chechens, Nogais, Circassians, mountain Turks, and Ingush who've been continually besieged—and woefully ignored —for approximately 2 hundred years.

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Lavochkins Last Jet by Yefim Gordon

By Yefim Gordon

When the Lavochkin bureau is among the much less popular of the Soviet plane layout groups, it used to be on the leading edge of the Soviet supersonic jet fighter programme from the past due Nineteen Forties onwards and produced a couple of very attention-grabbing plane. As continually, the booklet has been researched in Soviet files and is easily illustrated with a a variety of photographs and line drawings. This great addition to a truly winning and ground-breaking sequence all these attracted to Soviet jet plane layout within the early chilly battle period and through aviation modellers willing for resource fabric on Soviet plane forms of the interval.

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Cultures in Flux by Stephen Frank, Stephen Frank, Mark D. Steinberg

By Stephen Frank, Stephen Frank, Mark D. Steinberg

The preferred tradition of city and rural tsarist Russia published a dynamic and global. Stephen Frank and Mark Steinberg have collected the following a various number of essays via Western and Russian students who query traditional interpretations and bear in mind overlooked tales approximately well known habit, politics, and tradition. What emerges is a brand new photo of lower-class lifestyles, during which traditions and suggestions intermingled and social barriers and identities have been battered and reconstructed. The authors vividly express the energy in addition to the contradictions of social existence in previous regime Russia, whereas additionally confronting difficulties of interpretation, technique, and cultural idea. They inform of peasant loss of life rites and non secular ideals, kinfolk relationships and brutalities, defiant peasant ladies, people songs, city enjoyment parks, expressions of renowned patriotism, the penny press, staff' notions of the self, highway hooliganism, and makes an attempt through knowledgeable Russians to remodel renowned festivities. jointly, the authors painting pop culture now not as a static, separate international, yet because the dynamic ability wherein lower-class Russians engaged the realm round them. as well as the editors, the individuals to this quantity are Daniel R. Brower, Barbara Alpern Engel, Hubertus F. Jahn, Al'bin M. Konechnyi, Boris N. Mironov, Joan Neuberger, Robert A. Rothstein, and Christine D. Worobec.

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The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents by Ronald Grigor Suny

By Ronald Grigor Suny

This specified choice of fundamental records and critical scholarly articles tells the interesting and tragic tale of Russia's 20th century. Edited by way of Ronald Grigor Suny, an eminent historian and political scientist, The constitution of Soviet historical past illustrates either the progressive alterations and the extensive continuities in Soviet historical past. It discusses the historical past, not just of the Russian humans, yet of different Soviet peoples as well--the nationalities that made up the tsarist and Soviet empires and shaped self sustaining states within the early Nineties. This quantity allows scholars to delve past conventional narratives to examine the development blocks of history--archival records, memoirs, and interpretive essays by means of the prime specialists within the box. scholars will find out about the autumn of the tsarist empire, the hopes and aspirations of the innovative years, the brutalities of the Stalin years, the makes an attempt to reform the rustic within the final a long time of Soviet energy, and eventually, the cave in of the USSR and the emergence of fifteen fragile republics. instead of enforcing a unmarried view on scholars, The constitution of Soviet background permits them to get a hold of their very own, clean interpretations of a arguable and sometimes misunderstood event. prepared chronologically and masking political, social, and cultural historical past from quite a few viewpoints, the readings study all the significant occasions and vital interpretations of Soviet background. decisions comprise reputable pronouncements and dissident manifestos, public speeches and personal letters, and formerly untranslated files. Suny's introductory essay offers the vast outlines of Soviet heritage, whereas the bankruptcy introductions summarize the most positive aspects and ancient debates of every interval. each one record is prefaced through a quick headnote that identifies the writer and areas the paintings in context; explanatory notes also are incorporated to outline phrases and occasions that won't be customary to scholars. a very distinctive textual content, The constitution of Soviet heritage is perfect to be used in undergraduate classes at the heritage of the Soviet Union in addition to introductory classes on Soviet politics.

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Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes by A. Fishzon

By A. Fishzon

In Russia on the flip of the 20 th century, revealed literature and performances - from megastar narratives and opera fandom to progressive acts and political speeches - usually articulated severe emotional states and passionate trust. A uniquely extreme method of public lifestyles and personal expression - the 'melodramatic mind's eye' - is on the middle of this research. formerly, students have purely not directly addressed the typical appropriation of melodramatic aesthetics in Russia, selecting to be aware of canonical texts and manufacturers of mass tradition. Collective fantasies and impacts are daunting items of research, tough to render, and virtually very unlikely to turn out empirically. track and paintings historians, with a few striking exceptions, were reluctant to debate reception for comparable purposes. by means of interpreting the artifacts and practices of a commercialized opera tradition, writer Anna Fishzon presents an answer to those demanding situations. Her specialise in superstar and fandom as beneficial properties of the melodramatic mind's eye is helping remove darkness from Russian modernity and offers the foundation for comparative reports of fin-de-si├Ęcle ecu well known and excessive tradition, selfhood, authenticity, and political theater.

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An Environmental History of Russia (Studies in Environment by Paul Josephson, Nicolai Dronin, Ruben Mnatsakanian, Aleh

By Paul Josephson, Nicolai Dronin, Ruben Mnatsakanian, Aleh Cherp, Dmitry Efremenko, Vladislav Larin

The previous Soviet empire spanned 11 time zones and contained part the world's forests; substantial deposits of oil, gasoline, and coal; a variety of ores; significant rivers reminiscent of the Volga, Don, and Angara; and broad biodiversity. those assets and animals, in addition to the folks who lived within the former Soviet Union - Slavs, Armenians, Georgians, Azeris, Kazakhs and Tajiks, indigenous Nenets and Chukchi - have been threatened via environmental degradation and wide toxins. This environmental historical past of the previous Soviet Union explores the influence that nation monetary improvement courses had at the surroundings. The authors give some thought to the effect of Bolshevik ideology at the institution of an in depth procedure of nature preserves, the impression of Stalinist practices of industrialization and collectivization on nature, and the increase of public involvement below Khrushchev and Brezhnev, and adjustments to guidelines and practices with the increase of Gorbachev and the break-up of the USSR.

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A Confession and Other Religious Writings by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's passionate and iconoclastic writings—on problems with religion, immortality, freedom, violence, and morality—reflect his highbrow look for fact and a faith firmly grounded in fact. the choice contains a Confession," "Religion and Morality," "What Is faith, and of What Does Its Essence Consist?," and "The legislations of affection and the legislation of Violence."

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Six Red Months in Russia by Louise Bryant

By Louise Bryant

Louise Bryant (1885-1936) used to be an American journalist and author top recognized for her Marxist and anarchist ideals and her essays on radical political and feminist topics. Bryant released articles in different radical left journals in the course of her existence. She travelled to Russia together with her husband John Reed in 1917 and 1918. whereas there, they participated in Bolshevik agitation and Communist get together actions, and wrote articles in regards to the pending revolution. Her works comprise: Six purple Months in Russia (1918).

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