New Books Network

Roberto Carmack, “Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire” (UP of Kansas, 2019)
Roberto Carmack’s Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire (University Press of Kansas, 2019) looks at the experience of the Kazakh Republic during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War. Using a variety of archival materials, newspapers, and individual memoirs, Carmack looks at important topics of... Read More
Oleksandra Humenna, “Ukraine 2030: The Doctrine of Sustainable Development” (ADEF-Ukraine, 2018)
Ukraine 2030: The Doctrine of Sustainable Development (ADEF-Ukraine LTD, 2018) offers a program that includes complex strategies for the economic development of Ukraine. This program was developed on the basis of data that were collected and analyzed by leading economists and researchers of Ukraine. When designing strategies that will help... Read More
Lesley Chamberlain, “Ministry of Darkness: How Sergei Uvarov Created Conservative Modern Russia” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
Count Sergey Semyonovich Uvarov, once proclaimed by Aleksandr Herzen as a ‘Prometheus of our day’, has in the past 160 years become something of an also-ran in Russian History. Notwithstanding his manifold contributions to the Russian education system as Minister of Education for more than fifteen years. And of course... Read More
John P. Davis, “Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease under Romanovs and Soviets” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)
The idea of “backwardness” often plagues historical writing on Russia. In Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease under Romanovs and Soviets (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Dr. John P. Davis counteracts this “backwardness” paradigm, arguing that from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, Russian medical researchers—along with their counterparts... Read More
Roland Elliot Brown, “Godless Utopia: Soviet Anti-Religious Propaganda” (FUEL, 2019)
In the arc of Soviet history, few government programs were as tenacious as the anti-religious campaign, which systematically set out to debunk organized religion as “the opium of the people.” This political storm of heaven lasted from the earliest days of Bolshevik power up until the early eighties, when it... Read More
Olga Zilberbourg, “Like Water and Other Stories” (WTAW Press, 2019)
The phenomenon of the Russian emigre writer is nothing new. Exile seems almost as necessary a commodity as ink to many of Russia’s most celebrated writers, including Alexander Herzen, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov, Ivan Bunin, Josef Brodsky, and Sergei Dovlatov. For these titans of Russian literature, leaving was a binary... Read More
David Brandenberger, “Stalin’s Master Narrative” (Yale UP, 2019)
In this interview, David Brandenberger discusses his new edited volume (created in concert with RGASPI archivist and Russian historian Mikhail Zelenov) Stalin’s Master Narrative: A Critical Edition of ‘The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course’ (Yale University Press, 2019). The Short Course was designed to be... Read More