Andrew Sobanet, “Generation Stalin:  French Writers, the Fatherland, and the Cult of Personality” (Indiana UP, 2018)
In his 1924 biography of Mahatma Gandhi, writer Romain Rolland embraced the Gandhian philosophy of non-violence and decried the “dictators of Moscow” and the “idolatrous ideology of the Revolution.”  Seven years later, in a startling reversal, Rolland expressed his support for the USSR and confidence in Soviet leaders:  “The builders... Read More
Alexandre Kojève, “Atheism” (Columbia UP, 2018)
Columbia University press has just released a new translation of a work by philosopher Alexandre Kojève, simply titled Atheism, translated by Professor Jeff Love. Considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and unconventional thinkers, Kojève was a Russian émigré to France whose lectures on Hegel in the... Read More
Nicholas Breyfogle, “Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
Nicholas Breyfogle, Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, had produced a new edited volume, Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russian and Soviet History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) that brings together multiple perspectives on Russian and Soviet environmental history. Starting with the story of two dams built 150... Read More
Margaret Peacock, “Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War” (UNC Press, 2014)
In Innocent Weapons: The Soviet and American Politics of Childhood in the Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Margaret Peacock analyzes the various ways in which images of children were put to use in Soviet and American Cold War propaganda. From the Boy Scouts to the Pioneers, ubiquitous... Read More
David L. Hoffmann, “The Stalinist Era” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
In his new book The Stalinist Era (Cambridge University Press, 2018), David L. Hoffmann focuses on the myriad ways in which Stalinist practices had their origins in World War I (1914-1918) and Russian Civil War era (1918-1920). These periods saw mass mobilizations of the population take place not just in Russia and... Read More