New Books Network

Betsy Perabo, “Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War” (Bloomsbury, 2017)
As Russian militarism becomes increasingly intertwined with Russian Orthodoxy theology in the 21st century, the history of the Church’s relationship to war and its justification becomes particularly relevant. Betsy Perabo’s book Russian Orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) is a unique and important contribution to this area of... Read More
C. W. Gortner, “The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna” (Ballentine Books, 2018)
101 years have passed since the murder of the Imperial Family of Russia at Yekaterinburg, but their appeal has not diminished.  Indeed, interest in the Romanovs is at a historic high as television and the Internet age enables ever more devotees to discover the sepia-tinged appeal of Tsar Nicholas II... Read More
Jeremy Friedman, “Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World” (UNC Press, 2018)
If today’s geopolitical fragmentation and the complexities of a ‘multipolar’ world order have led some to reminisce about the apparent stability of the Cold War era’s two ‘camps’, it should be remembered that things were of course never so straightforward. As Jeremy Friedman shows in Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet... Read More
Alexandra Popoff, “Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century” (Yale UP, 2019)
Memory and truth are malleable and nowhere more so than in the Soviet Union.  To be a writer in that country was to face an ongoing dilemma: conform to State-mandated topics and themes, or consign oneself to obscurity, writing only for “the desk drawer” or “without permission.” Vasily Grossman challenged... Read More
Sophia Shalmiyev, “Mother Winter: A Memoir” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
The story of where we come from is such an important aspect of our personal sense of self, the forefront of many conversations about national identity, community, and belonging. In a country like the United States, where so many of us are or are descended from immigrants, the answer to... Read More
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
Richard Foltz, “History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East” (I.B. Tauris, 2019)
In History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East (I.B. Tauris, 2019), Richard Foltz provides a comprehensive cultural, political, and linguistic history of the Tajik people. Throughout the book, he traces the history of this Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic group, starting with the pre-historic groups who first settled in the regions... Read More