New Books Network

Alexander Bukh, “These Islands Are Ours” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Alexander Bukh’s These Islands Are Ours: The Social Construction of Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia (Stanford University Press 2020) provides critical historical perspective on the social construction of territorial disputes between Japan and its neighbors in Northeast Asia. In his analysis of Japan’s rows over the “Northern Territories” (with Russia),... Read More
Coryne Hall, “Queen Victoria and the Romanovs: 60 Years of Mutual Distrust” (Amberley, 2020)
The balance of power in nineteenth-century Europe was anchored on one end by the redoubtable Queen Victoria (1819 -1901), the doyenne of sovereigns, and at the opposite end by the autocratic Romanov dynasty — four successive emperors who ruled Russia during Victoria’s own 63-year reign. Between these great powers lay... Read More
Elissa Bemporad, “Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The history of antisemitism in Europe stretches back as far as Ancient Rome, but persecutions of Jews became widespread during the Crusades, beginning in the early 11th century when the wholesale massacre of entire communities became commonplace. From the 12th century, the justification for this state-sanctioned violence became the blood... Read More
Iva Glisic, “The Futurist Files: Avant-Garde, Politics, and Ideology in Russia, 1905–1930” (NIU Press, 2018)
Futurism was Russia’s first avant-garde movement. Gatecrashing the Russian public sphere in the early twentieth century, the movement called for the destruction of everything old, so that the past could not hinder the creation of a new, modern society. Over the next two decades, the protagonists of Russian Futurism pursued... Read More
Anne Lounsbery, “Life is Elsewhere: Symbolic Geography in the Russian Provinces” (NIUP, 2019)
In her journey through the greatest monuments of 19th- and early 20th-century Russian literature, as well as through lesser-known works from women and regional writers, Anne Lounsbery (Professor and Chair of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University) investigates the long-standing trope of the “provinces” –... Read More
Brendan McGeever, “Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Dr Brendan McGeever,  Lecturer in Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London, traces the complex history of the Antisemitism in the Russian Revolution. McGeever examines Bolshevik and Jewish communists’ attempts to confront antisemitism, including within the revolutionary movement itself. McGeever’s book, based on brilliant archival... Read More
Tatiana Linkhoeva, “Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism” (Cornell UP, 2020)
A century ago it wasn’t a virus whose spread was eliciting reactions around the world, but an idea. As Russia’s 1917 October Revolution distended itself across north Asia and reverberated globally, socialism acted – not unlike today’s pandemic – as a Rorschach test revealing divisions in societies and politics, and... Read More
Andrew Monaghan, “Dealing with the Russians” (Polity, 2019)
Are the generals fighting the last war?  In Dealing with the Russians (Polity, 2019), Andrew Monaghan argues that Western policy makers are using an outdated Cold War model of ideology, language and institutions, which is wholly unsuited for understanding, engaging, and countering where necessary Russia in the 21st century. One... Read More