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    In Our Own Words: A people's commentary on life in the former Soviet Union by Joseph Fjelstad    Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities by Graham H. Roberts    The Criminal-Terror Nexus in Chechnya: A Historical, Social, and Religious Analysis by Jeff Meyers    Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag by Golfo Alexopoulos    Stalinism Reloaded: Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary by Sandor Horvath    Stalin's World War II Evacuations: Triumph and Troubles in Kirov by Larry E. Holmes    Holy Rus': The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia by John P. Burgess    The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power by Andrew Sloin    Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi    Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953 by Simon Ings    Communist Daze: The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor by Vladimir A. Tsesis    City of Lions by Jozef Wittlin & Philippe Sands    Historians and Historical Societies in the Public Life of Imperial Russia by Vera Kaplan    The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew by Michael Walker    The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde by Owen Hatherley    Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale    The Crimean Nexus: Putin's War and the Clash of Civilizations by Constantine Pleshakov    Russian Studies and Comparative Politics: Views from Metatheory and Middle-Range Theory by Frederic J. Fleron Jr.    The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War: Red Sport, Red Tape by Jenifer Parks    The Greatest Catastrophe of the 20th Century. Or, How the Soviet Union Disintegrated in 1991.: SHORT STORY # 31. Nonfiction seri by Alla P. Gakuba    The Great 20th-Century Event that Changed the World:Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and the Russian Revolution of November 7-8, 1917.: SHO by Alla P. Gakuba    Dropping out of Socialism: The Creation of Alternative Spheres in the Soviet Bloc by F    Cowards. Or, Blood Is Thicker than Water.: SHORT STORY 14. Nonfiction series #1 - # 60. by Alla P. Gakuba    What Was World War II? Who Won World War II? What Was the Great Patriotic War? SHORT STORY # 13. Nonfiction series #1 - # 60. by Alla P. Gakuba    In the Name of the Great Work: Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe by Ol&scaron    Containing Russia's Nuclear Firebirds: Harmony and Change at the International Science and Technology Center by Glenn Schweitzer    The Russian Revolution 1917: A Student's Guide by Nick Shepley    The Russian Revolution 1917: A Student's Guide by Nick Shepley    SS Grenadiers on The Russian Front by Bob Carruthers    A Brief History of the Cold War by Lee Edwards & Elizabeth Edwards Spalding    Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics by Ilya Kliger    Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, Russia, 1917 - A World on the Edge by Dr. Helen Rappaport    Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia by Lisa Dickey    The Girl from the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya    Only One Year: A Memoir by Svetlana Alliluyeva    Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivago by Anna Pasternak    A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West by Luke Harding    The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer    Russian Civil-Military Relations by Dale R. Herspring    Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia by Helena Goscilo    Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema by Stephen M. Norris    The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship by Alex Beam    From Defeat to Victory: The Eastern Front, Summer 1944 Decisive and Indecisive Military Operations, Volume 2 by Charles J. Dick    Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith    Penalty Strike: The Memoirs of a Red Army Penal Company Commander, 1943-45 by Alexander V. Pyl'cyn    Scorched Earth: Stalin's Reign of Terror by J. Baberowski    The Art of the Bribe: Corruption Under Stalin, 1943-1953 by James Heinzen    When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler by David M. Glantz & Jonathan M. House    Barbarossa 1941: Reframing Hitler's Invasion of Stalin's Soviet Empire by Frank Ellis    When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton

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In Our Own Words: A people's commentary on life in the former Soviet Union

Joseph Fjelstad

In Our Own Words: A people's commentary on life in the former Soviet Union by Joseph Fjelstad

The Soviet Union collapse was both sudden and complete. The citizens of the former superpower were caught in a maelstrom of change seldom experienced outside of all out global war. This book captures the experiences of 60 individual citizens of the former Soviet Union for the reader to ponder. The human experience is universal and it is likely that the reader will find echos of some of their own thoughts expressed in these pages.

The following reviews of the first edition give testimony to the need to understand and appreciate the resilience of the human spirit under extreme duress.


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Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities

Graham H. Roberts

Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities by Graham H. RobertsMaterial Culture in Russia and the USSR comprises some of the most cutting-edge scholarship across anthropology, history and material and cultural studies relating to Russia and the Soviet Union, from Peter the Great to Putin.

Material culture in Russia and the USSR holds a particularly important role, as the distinction between private and public spheres has at times developed in radically different ways than in many places in the more commonly studied West. With case studies covering alcohol, fashion, cinema, advertising and photography among other topics, this wide-ranging collection offers...
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The Criminal-Terror Nexus in Chechnya: A Historical, Social, and Religious Analysis

Jeff Meyers

The Criminal-Terror Nexus in Chechnya: A Historical, Social, and Religious Analysis by Jeff MeyersThis study examines a number of Chechen groups
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Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag

Golfo Alexopoulos

Illness and Inhumanity in Stalin's Gulag by Golfo AlexopoulosA new and chilling study of lethal human exploitation in the Soviet forced labor camps, one of the pillars of Stalinist terror

In a shocking new study of life and death in Stalin's Gulag, historian Golfo Alexopoulos suggests that Soviet forced labor camps were driven by brutal exploitation and often administered as death camps. The first study to examine the Gulag penal system through the lens of health, medicine, and human exploitation, this extraordinary work draws from previously inaccessible archives to offer a chilling new view of one of the pillars of Stalinist terror.

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Stalinism Reloaded: Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary

Sandor Horvath

Stalinism Reloaded: Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary by Sandor Horvath

The Hungarian city of Sztálinváros, or "Stalin-City," was intended to be the paradigmatic urban community of the new communist society in the 1950s. In Stalinism Reloaded, Sándor Horváth explores how Stalin-City and the socialist regime were built and stabilized not only by the state but also by the people who came there with hope for a better future. By focusing on the everyday experiences of citizens, Horváth considers the contradictions in the Stalinist policies and the strategies these bricklayers, bureaucrats, shop girls, and even children put in place in order to cope with and shape...

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Stalin's World War II Evacuations: Triumph and Troubles in Kirov

Larry E. Holmes

Stalin's World War II Evacuations: Triumph and Troubles in Kirov by Larry E. HolmesIn the face of the German onslaught in World War II, the Soviets succeeded, as Molotov later recalled, “in relocating to the rear virtually an entire industrial country.” It was an official declared “one of the greatest feats of the war.” Focusing on the Kirov region, this book offers a different and considerably more nuanced picture of the evacuations than the typical triumphal narrative found in Soviet history. In its depiction of the complexities of the displacement and relocation of populations, Stalin
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Holy Rus': The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia

John P. Burgess

Holy Rus': The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia by John P. BurgessA fascinating, vivid, and on-the-ground account of Russian Orthodoxy's resurgence

A bold experiment is taking place in Russia. After a century of being scarred by militant, atheistic communism, the Orthodox Church has become Russia's largest and most significant nongovernmental organization. As it has returned to life, it has pursued a vision of reclaiming Holy Rus': that historical yet mythical homeland of the eastern Slavic peoples; a foretaste of the perfect justice, peace, harmony, and beauty for which religious believers long; and the glimpse of heaven on earth that persuaded Prince Vladimir...

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

Andrew Sloin

The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power by Andrew SloinJewish 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 the broader movement was enacted in factories and workshops, workers' clubs and union meetings, and on the Jewish streets of White Russia. The protagonists here are shoemakers, speculators, glassmakers, peddlers, leatherworkers, needleworkers, soldiers, students, and local party operatives who were swept up, willingly or otherwise, into the Bolshevik project. Sloin stresses the fundamental...
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Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War

Peter Conradi

Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter ConradiThe Cold War ended twenty-five years ago, but tensions between Russia and the West are as bad as ever. What happened?
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Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953

Simon Ings

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953 by Simon IngsScientists throughout history, from Galileo to today
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Communist Daze: The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor

Vladimir A. Tsesis

Communist Daze: The Many Misadventures of a Soviet Doctor by Vladimir A. Tsesis

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 1960s, Vladimir Tsesis-inestimable Soviet doctor and irrepressible jester-was stationed in a village where racing tractor drivers tossed vodka bottles to each other for sport; where farmers and townspeople secretly mocked and tried to endure the Communist way of life; where milk for children, running water, and adequate electricity were rare; where the world's smallest, motley parade became...

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City of Lions

Jozef Wittlin & Philippe Sands

City of Lions by Jozef Wittlin & Philippe SandsThe Ukrainian city Lviv's many names (Lviv, Lvov, Lwow, Lemberg, Leopolis) bear witness to its conflicted past - it has, at one time or another, belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Poland, Russia and Germany, and has brought forth numerous famous artists and intellectuals. My Lwow, Jozef Wittlin's short 1946 treatise on the city he left in 1922, is a wistful and lyrical study of an electrifying cosmopolis, told from the other side of the catastrophe of the Second World War. Philippe Sand's essay provides a parallel account of the city as it is today: the cultural capital of Ukraine, its...
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Historians and Historical Societies in the Public Life of Imperial Russia

Vera Kaplan

Historians and Historical Societies in the Public Life of Imperial Russia by Vera KaplanWhat 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 of voluntary associations that existed in imperial Russia, showing how they interacted with state, public, and private bodies. Unlike most Russian voluntary associations of the late imperial period, the Zealots were conservative in their view of the world. Yet, like other history associations, the group conceived their educational mission broadly, engaging academic and amateur historians,...
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The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew

Michael Walker

The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew by Michael WalkerFor seven weeks in 1929, the Republic of China and the Soviet Union battled in Manchuria over control of the Chinese Eastern Railroad. It was the largest military clash between China and a Western power ever fought on Chinese soil, involving more that a quarter million combatants. Michael M. Walker
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The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde

Owen Hatherley

The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde by Owen HatherleyThe tragic-comedic story of the cinema, art and architecture of the early 20th Century, highlighting the unlikely intersections of East and West
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Lenin on the Train

Catherine Merridale

Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale

One of The Economist's Best Books of the Year

A gripping, meticulously researched account of Lenin's fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world

In April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II's abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would have to cross Germany, which meant accepting help from the...

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The Crimean Nexus: Putin's War and the Clash of Civilizations

Constantine Pleshakov

The Crimean Nexus: Putin's War and the Clash of Civilizations by Constantine PleshakovHow the West sleepwalked into another Cold War

A native of Yalta, Constantine Pleshakov is intimately familiar with Crimea's ethnic tensions and complex political history. Now, he offers a much-needed look at one of the most urgent flash points in current international relations: the first occupation and annexation of one European nation's territory by another since World War II.

Pleshakov illustrates how the proxy war unfolding in Ukraine is a clash of incompatible world views. To the U.S. and Europe, Ukraine is a country struggling for self-determination in the face of Russia's imperial nostalgia....

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Russian Studies and Comparative Politics: Views from Metatheory and Middle-Range Theory

Frederic J. Fleron Jr.

Russian Studies and Comparative Politics: Views from Metatheory and Middle-Range Theory by Frederic J. Fleron Jr.This study examines Russian politics in the Soviet and post-Soviet eras using sociologist Robert Merton
2017 / 2 / 28
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The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War: Red Sport, Red Tape

Jenifer Parks

The Olympic Games, the Soviet Sports Bureaucracy, and the Cold War: Red Sport, Red Tape by Jenifer ParksThis study examines the Soviet bureaucracy responsible for overseeing Olympic sport during the Cold War. It analyzes how sport administrators used political savvy and professional pragmatism alongside ideological drive to expand participation, maximize chances of success, and achieve Soviet political and diplomatic aims.
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The Greatest Catastrophe of the 20th Century. Or, How the Soviet Union Disintegrated in 1991.: SHORT STORY # 31. Nonfiction seri

Alla P. Gakuba

The Greatest Catastrophe of the 20th Century. Or, How the Soviet Union Disintegrated in 1991.: SHORT STORY # 31. Nonfiction seri by Alla P. Gakuba

The Soviet Union disintegration in 1991 was a curse and not a blessing for the USA and the Western Europe. Their economies eventually spiraled down due to rampant laws of a fee market economy, categorized by "expansion in all directions without any restrictions."

The USA is sinking from $20 trillion debts, and $17 trillion personal debts; middle class disappeared; 1 in 2 Americans live in poverty or under poverty line; and jobs are shipped to China, India, and another countries where the labor is cheap and plenty. European countries teeter along as zombie states that have no oil and no raw resources...

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