New Books Network

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
Caroline Boggis-Rolfe, “The Baltic Story: A Thousand Year History of Its Lands, Sea, and Peoples” (Amberley, 2019)
The story of the littoral nations of the Baltic Sea is like a saga, that genre perfected by those tenacious inhabitants of the rocky shores of this ancient trading corridor.  In it, we meet pirates, princes, and prelates; and while much divides the Slavs, Balts, Saxons, Poles, and Scandinavian peoples,... Read More
Petra Goedde, “The Politics of Peace: A Global Cold War History” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Earlier histories of the Cold War haven’t exactly been charitable toward the peace activists and pacifists who led peace initiatives. Pacifists in the United States were either simplistic and naïve, or they were fellow travelers of the Soviet Union. Peace proposals coming from the Soviet Union were nothing more than... Read More
Adrienne Celt, “Invitation to a Bonfire” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Zoya Andropova—soon to be known in her adopted country as Zoë Andropov—didn’t ask to be rescued from her Soviet orphanage, even after the arrest of her father, a strong supporter of the very regime that has now taken his life. But rescued she is, by well-meaning Americans, who soon dump... Read More
Stephen Hardy and Andrew Holman, “Hockey: A Global History” (U Illinois Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Stephen Hardy, retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, and Andrew Holman, professor of history at and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University.  Hardy and Holman are the co-authors of Hockey: A Global History... Read More