New Books Network

Vahram Ter-Matevosyan, “Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan’s new book Turkey, Kemalism and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) examines the Kemalist ideology of Turkey from two perspectives. It discusses major problems in the existing interpretations of the topic and how the incorporation of Soviet perspectives enriches the historiography and... Read More
Mark Galeotti, “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia” (Yale UP, 2018)
The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia (Yale University Press, 2018) by Mark Galeotti is an engrossing read about a topic mainstream scholarship has largely ignored: Russia’s criminal underworld. With Galeotti as our guide, we delve into the colorful world of the vory v zakone or “thieves of the code,” with their... Read More
John Etty, “Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons” (UP of Mississippi, 2019)
In Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), Dr. John Etty explains how Krokodil magazine provided a venue in which the state, the magazine’s editors, and readers all participated in defining what it was permissible to laugh at in the USSR. A standard... Read More
John J. Curley, “Global Art and the Cold War” (Laurence King Publishers, 2019)
It was the passionate amateur painter, Winston Churchill, who introduced one of the Cold War’s key metaphors: The Iron Curtain. As John J. Curley argues in Global Art and the Cold War (Laurence King Publishers, 2019), this provocative image defined the binary logic of the Cold War and speaks to... Read More
John Givens, “The Image of Christ in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak” (Northern Illinois UP, 2018)
In The Image of Christ in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak (Northern Illinois University Press, 2018), Dr. John Givens of the University of Rochester discusses classics of Russian literature such as The Brothers Karamazov and Dr. Zhivago, as well as texts of less renown to English-speaking audiences, such as... Read More
Houri Berberian, “Roving Revolutionaries:  Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian and Ottoman Worlds” (U California Press, 2019)
In her newest book, Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian and Ottoman Worlds (University of California Press, 2019), Dr. Houri Berberian uses a transnational or transimperial approach to examine the interconnectedness of 1905 Russian Revolution, the Iranian Revolution and the Young Turk Revolution and the... Read More
Nikolai Krementsov, “With and Without Galton: Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia” (Open Book Publishers, 2018)
With and Without Galton: Vasilii Florinskii and the Fate of Eugenics in Russia (Open Book Publishers, 2018), Professor Nikolai Krementsov’s recent history of Russian eugenics, reflects on a broad problem: How to acknowledge what eugenics movements worldwide have had in common, while doing justice to local differences that, for example,... Read More