Category: Russia

Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome

By Arthur Ransome

This e-book describes the industrial, social and political scenario Arthur Ransome observed in the course of his stopover at to Russia in February and March of 1919. Underlining the outline of those occasions is the wrenching famine in Russia brought on by the Civil warfare. during this paintings Ransome interviews numerous popular individuals of the Soviet executive in addition to usual electorate of Soviet Russia. whereas Ransomes aid of the Soviet society is clear in his severe yet encouraging examine this new executive suffering via a civil conflict, what's now not obtrusive is that Arthur Ransome was once a British undercover agent operating with MI6! (Biography) however, in many ways this in simple terms raises the historic worth of this paintings being an apolitical person within the look for info. be aware that the writer refers to dates prior to 1918 within the eu, now not Russian, experience. earlier than 1918 Russia used the Julian calendar . After 1918 the Soviet executive switched Russia to the Gregorian calendar . therefore, whilst the writer refers back to the March revolution, in Russia it used to be the February revolution and equally while he refers back to the November revolution, in Russia it was once the October revolution.

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Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire (Woodrow Wilson by Marlène Laruelle;

By Marlène Laruelle;

Because the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has been marginalized on the fringe of a Western-dominated political and financial system. in recent times, even if, prime Russian figures, together with former president Vladimir Putin, have started to emphasize a geopolitics that places Russia on the heart of a few axes: European-Asian, Christian-Muslim-Buddhist, Mediterranean-Indian, Slavic-Turkic, and so forth. This quantity examines the political presuppositions and increasing highbrow effect of Eurasianism, a flow selling an ideology of Russian-Asian greatness, which has all started to take carry all through Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. Eurasianism purports to inform Russians what's unalterably very important approximately them and why it will probably merely be expressed in an empire. utilizing quite a lot of assets, Marl?ne Laruelle discusses the influence of the ideology of Eurasianism on geopolitics, inside coverage, international coverage, and culturalist philosophy. (2009)

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Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century: Essays on by Françoise Companjen, László Marácz, Lia Versteegh

By Françoise Companjen, László Marácz, Lia Versteegh

Located among Russia, Turkey, and Iran and comprising a part of the Russian Federation in addition to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, the Caucasus sector is better identified for ethnic and spiritual divides that experience led to bloody conflicts for hundreds of years, such a lot lately among quite a few minorities and the post-Soviet self sustaining states. This broad quantity unearths the wealthy and multifaceted nature of the Caucasus and contains a research of the region’s transition to independence; an exploration of the area’s religions; and a dialogue of the position of artwork in war-torn groups. it will be significant studying for an individual with an curiosity in a single of the world’s most intricate regions. 

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Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith

By Sebastian Smith

Publish yr note: First released in 1998
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Ancient visitors known as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged via its rugged attractiveness and but its background is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly non-stop conflict. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep an eye on of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by means of one of the most worthwhile oil pipelines on the planet.

The newest clash to brush around the region all started while Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian squaddies and hundreds of thousands extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, heritage and battle journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this country of mountain tribes and the may well of the Russian military. A relocating instance of ways background could be written. Smith's account of the old historical past to the clash reads like a singular, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a above all terrible struggle. - Literary evaluation this can be a riveting booklet, written with nearly seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs

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Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia by Marshall I. Goldman

By Marshall I. Goldman

Within the aftermath of the monetary cave in of August 1998, it seemed as though Russia's day as a superpower had come and long past. That it's going to recuperate and reassert itself after below a decade is little short of an financial and political miracle.

Based on huge examine, together with a number of interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing booklet chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence at the international degree, illuminating the major reason behind its rebirth: using its ever-expanding strength wealth to reassert its conventional nice strength pursuits. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman lines how this has turn out to be, and the way Russia is utilizing its oil-based strength as a lever in global politics. The e-book offers an informative evaluation of oil in Russia, lines Vladimir Putin's made up our minds attempt to reign within the upstart oil oligarchs who had risen to strength within the post-Soviet period, and describes Putin's efforts to renationalize and refashion Russia's industries into nation businesses and his vaunted "national champions" organisations like Gazprom, principally owned by means of the country, who do the bidding of the nation. Goldman indicates how Russia paid off its foreign debt and has long past directly to collect the world's 3rd biggest holdings of foreign currency echange reserves--all by way of changing into the world's greatest manufacturer of petroleum and the world's moment greatest exporter. this day, Vladimir Putin and his cohort have stabilized the Russian economic system and recentralized energy in Moscow, and fossil fuels (oil and usual gasoline) have made all of it attainable.

The tale of oil and fuel in Russia is a story of discovery, intrigue, corruption, wealth, misguidance, greed, patronage, nepotism, and tool. Marshall Goldman tells this tale with panache, as just one of the world's top professionals on Russia may possibly.

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The Workers' Revolution in Russia, 1917: The View from Below by Daniel H. Kaiser

By Daniel H. Kaiser

Greater than seventy years after the delivery of the Soviet Union, the occasions that introduced the Bolsheviks to energy are nonetheless poorly understood. Ever because the first stories of the revolution reached Western audiences, analysts have blamed or credited Lenin and his get together for overthrowing the outdated order singlehandedly. but stories of the revolution in recent times have published the intensity of the obstacle during which Tsarist society handed overdue within the 19th and early 20th centuries. The essays during this ebook handle the method of employee alienation and how that the Bolsheviks appealed to, instead of exploited, the operating inhabitants, in particular within the capital towns of Petrograd and Moscow.

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Lenin: A Post-Soviet Re-evaluation (Routledge Historical by C. Read

By C. Read

This new biography provides a clean and unique account of Lenin's own existence and political occupation. Christopher learn attracts on a large diversity of fundamental and secondary assets, utilizing archive fabric made to be had within the Glasnost and post-Soviet eras. Focal issues of this learn are Lenin's progressive ascetic character; his exploitation of cultural, academic and propaganda skill; his courting to Marxism; his altering category research of Russia; and his 'populist' instincts.

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NorthAfrica Italy 1942 -44 by Will Fowler

By Will Fowler

If global conflict 1 used to be characterised, definitely at the Western entrance, by means of the never-ending miles of trenches and the striking loss of mobility within the entrance line in the course of greater than 4 years of conflict, these army strategists who anticipated an identical conflict of attrition in any moment clash have been to be confounded. global battle 2 used to be to witness the triumph of offense over safeguard, with the outstanding energy of tank armies and air forces deployed to devastating impact. when the French could have perceived their Maginot Line as impregnable; its speedy breaching within the spring of 1940 emphasised how a ways German army considering had built in preference to that among its power rivals. the idea of Blitzkrieg - lightning battle - had built through the interwar years, yet its precise strength was once in simple terms to be published within the autumn of 1939 while the German forces swept into Poland. For the subsequent 3 years, in all theaters of the struggle, the German forces proved preferrred, as their superiority of apparatus, education and method led to a speedy sequence of victories that culminated in them achieving to the very gates of either Moscow and Cairo; victory in both of those theaters might, most likely, have led to the final word German triumph. Hindsight, although, now permits us to determine that, in the intervening time of those triumphs, the could of the German army computing device used to be so overstretched that the ultimate victory eluded them. even supposing, with the advantage of hindsight, it's transparent that the British victory at El-Alamein was once one of many turning issues of the battle, simply as Stalingrad used to be at the japanese entrance, conflict within the barren region used to be under no circumstances concluded. The swift German enhance within the interval sooner than El-Alamein was once heavily to threaten the Allied place in Egypt and the all-important Suez Canal; little appeared in a position to protecting the German attack and, if the Axis forces had no longer been seemed via their command as representing a sideshow and for this reason denied the required reinforcements, the heritage of the wasteland battle might have been very various. less than Rommel, the Germans had proved themselves in a position to decisive army moves that every one yet eliminated Allied energy in North Africa. finally, even if, the inability of reinforcements and the lengthy logistical routes of resupply essentially undermined Rommel's place and, whilst confronted through warfare on fronts after Operation Torch, the German and Italian place proved hopeless, with a few 150,000 males surrendering the mid-1943. For all army historians, the hot 'Blitzkrieg' sequence may be a vital addition to their library, explaining because it does how many of the levels through which the method advanced in the course of the struggle.

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Among the Russians by Colin Thubron

By Colin Thubron

Here is a clean viewpoint at the final tumultuous years of the Soviet Union and an exquisitely poetic travelogue.With a prepared snatch of Russia's background, a deep appreciation for its structure and iconography, and an inexhaustible enthusiasm for its humans and its tradition, Colin Thubron is the best consultant to a rustic such a lot people won't ever get to grasp firsthand. right here, we will be able to stroll down western Russia's kingdom roads, relaxation in its villages, and discover probably the most attractive towns on the earth. superbly written and infinitely insightful, Among the Russians is shiny, compelling go back and forth writing that might additionally entice readers of heritage and present events—and to somebody captivated by way of the form and texture of 1 of the world's so much enigmatic culture.

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Readings in Russian Civilization, Volume 2: Imperial Russia, by Thomas, Editor Riha

By Thomas, Editor Riha

"This new and enlarged model of Readings in Russian Civilization is the results of relatively huge revisions. There are actually seventy two rather than sixty four goods; 20 of the choices are new. the 1st quantity has gone through the least switch with three new goods, of which 2 seem in English for the 1st time. within the moment quantity there are 6 new goods; them all look in English for the 1st time. The 3rd quantity has gone through the best revision, with eleven new goods, of which 6 are newly translated from the Russian. it's the editor's wish that goods skipped over within the new version are usually not sorely overlooked, and that the hot decisions will come in useful and illuminating. the purpose, all through, has been to hide components of data and sessions which have been overlooked within the first version, and to incorporate themes that are very important within the examine of the Russian previous and present."The bibliographical headnotes were enlarged, with the end result that there are actually nearly two times as many entries as within the outdated version. New citations comprise not just works that have seemed given that 1963, but in addition older books and articles that have come to the editor's attention."—From the Editor's Preface". . . a sensible mixture of seminal works and more moderen commentaries that achieves the editor's function of stimulating interest and constructing some extent of view."—C. Bickford O'Brien, The Russian Review"These 3 volumes conceal particularly good the most classes of Russian civilization. the alternative of the articles and different fabric is made by way of a reliable and independent scholar."—Ivan A. Lopatin, Professor of Asian and Slavic experiences, college of Southern California

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