New Books Network

Rachel Manekin, “The Rebellion of the Daughters: Jewish Women Runaways in Habsburg Galicia” (Princeton UP, 2020)
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, over three hundred young Jewish women from Orthodox, mostly Hasidic, homes in Western Galicia (now Poland) fled their communities and sought refuge in a Kraków convent, where many converted to Catholicism. Relying on a wealth of archival documents, including court testimonies, letters,... Read More
Alexey Golubev, “The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia” (Cornell UP, 2020)
The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell UP, 2020) is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces the biographies of Soviet things, examining how the material world of the late Soviet period influenced Soviet people’s gender roles,... Read More
H. Shelest and M. Rabinovych, “Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
The articles presented in Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) aim to explore the current political and administrative challenges that Ukraine is facing. The volume draws particular attention to the issues that have been escalated and intensified since the inception of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.... Read More
Jessica Zychowicz, “Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine” (U Toronto Press, 2020)
Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2020) tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. With a focus on new media, Zychowicz demonstrates how contemporary artist... Read More
A. Wylegala and M. Glowacka-Grajper, “The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine” (Indiana UP, 2020)
The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine (Indiana UP, 2020), edited by Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper, (Indiana University Press, 2020) is an important contribution in the field of memory studies. The volume draws attention to Eastern Europe as a territory of complex memory clusters.... Read More
Stephen Wall, “Reluctant European: Britain and the European Union from 1945 to Brexit” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In January 2020, the UK became the first country to leave the European Union after a troubled 47-year membership. What was at the core of the country’s semi-detachment to the EU? Was the UK’s eventual inevitable or was it a tragedy of errors and misunderstandings borne of divergent political cultures?... Read More
Patrick Honohan, “Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
For readers – including non-economists – who want to get to grips with the nature and scale of the last financial crisis, how it was managed and mismanaged, and its particular impact on a small, open economy, Patrick Honohan’s book Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe... Read More
Sheri Berman, “Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day” (Oxford UP, 2019)
At the end of the twentieth century, many believed the story of European political development had come to an end. Modern democracy began in Europe, but for hundreds of years it competed with various forms of dictatorship. Now, though, the entire continent was in the democratic camp for the first... Read More
Jennifer J. Carroll, “Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell UP, 2019) considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses to drug use presuppose what kind of people those who use drugs... Read More
David R. Marples, “Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: A Memoir” (E-International Relations, 2020)
David R. Marples’ new book Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: A Memoir (E-International Relations, 2020) describes the author’s academic journey from an undergraduate in London to his current research on Ukraine and Belarus as a History professor in Alberta, Canada. It highlights the dramatic changes of the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods,... Read More