New Books Network

Sergei Zhuk, “Soviet Americana: The Cultural History of Russian and Ukrainian Americanists” (I.B. Tauris, 2018)
Sergei Zhuk’s Soviet Americana: The Cultural History of Russian and Ukrainian Americanists (I.B. Tauris, 2018) offers an insightful investigation of the development of American studies in the Soviet Union, with a specific emphasis on Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine. In spite of ideological differences, the US and the USSR established... Read More
Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, “The Baltic Story: A Thousand Year History of Its Lands, Sea, and Peoples” (Amberley, 2019)
The story of the littoral nations of the Baltic Sea is like a saga, that genre perfected by those tenacious inhabitants of the rocky shores of this ancient trading corridor.  In it, we meet pirates, princes, and prelates; and while much divides the Slavs, Balts, Saxons, Poles, and Scandinavian peoples,... Read More
Stephen Hardy and Andrew Holman, “Hockey: A Global History” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Stephen Hardy, retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, and Andrew Holman, professor of history at and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University.  Hardy and Holman are the co-authors of Hockey: A Global History... Read More
Erik Sjöberg, “The Making of the Greek Genocide: Contested Memories of the Ottoman Greek Catastrophe” (Berghahn Books, 2018)
Most of the time, memory studies focuses on well-known case studies. The result Is that we know lots about commemoration and memory regarding the Holocaust, about slavery, about apartheid, and other cases, but much less about how memory works in smaller states and less well-known tragedies. Erik Sjöberg‘s new book... Read More
Kristen Ghodsee, “Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism” (Duke UP, 2017)
I am a child of the so-called transition in Bulgaria and growing-up I could never understand why my parents and grandparents would spend our family gatherings talking about the socialist past. It wasn’t until much later that I realized how much socialism and its end are imprinted on my grandparents’,... Read More
Kristen R. Ghodsee, “Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women’s Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War” (Duke UP, 2019)
Last week, I had the privilege to talk with Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee about her most recent book Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women’s Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War (Duke University Press, 2019) and the behind-the-scene details of its making. Ghodsee is a professor in Russian and... Read More
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, “Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan’s new book Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) examines the Kemalist ideology of Turkey from two perspectives. It discusses major problems in the existing interpretations of the topic and how the incorporation of Soviet perspectives enriches the historiography and... Read More