New Books Network

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
Brandon M. Schechter, “The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects” (Cornell UP, 2019)
The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects (Cornell University Press) uses everyday objects to tell the story of the Great Patriotic War as never before. Brandon Schechter attends to a diverse array of things―from spoons to tanks―to show how a wide... 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
John Connelly, “From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe” (Princeton UP, 2020)
John Connelly’s new book – From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2020) – is an encyclopedic but lively narrative that captivates both those familiar with old stories about the region and novices who are seeking introduction to this vast laboratory of European modernity. Passionate,... Read More
Sören Urbansky, “Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border” (Princeton UP, 2020)
The fact that the vast border between China and Russia is often overlooked goes hand-in-hand with a lack of understanding of the ordinary citizens in these much-discussed places, who often lose out to larger-than-life figures like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. A book that combines a look at the history... Read More
Joanna Stingray, “Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground” (Doppelhouse Press, 2020)
Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (Doppelhouse Press, 2020) is Joanna Stingray’s autobiographical account of her time on the underground music scene in the USSR and Russia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During this time Joanna met and worked with some of the most important... Read More