Russian and Eurasian Studies
Eastern European Studies November 19, 2020

War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Tatiana Zhurzhenko

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) analyzes the shaping of the commemorative space in the three post-Soviet countries that used to share commemorative practices and …

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Asian Review of Books November 19, 2020

Young Mongols

Forging Democracy in the Wild, Wild East

Aubrey Menard

Hosted by Nicholas Gordon
Mongolia is sometimes seen as one of the few examples of a successful youth-led revolution, where a 1990 movement forced the Soviet-appointed Politburo to resign. In Young Mongols: Forging Democracy …
Digital Humanities November 18, 2020

Historical Atlas of Hasidism

Marcin Wodziński and Waldemar Spallek

Hosted by Marshall Poe
The Historical Atlas of Hasidism (Princeton UP, 2018) is the first cartographic reference book on one of the modern era’s most vibrant and important mystical movements. Featuring seventy-four large-format maps …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 16, 2020

Russia's Capitalist Realism

Narrative Form and History in Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov

Vadim Shneyder

Hosted by Daniel Peris
Vadim Shneyder's new book, Russia's Capitalist Realism: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov (Northwestern, 2020) examines how the literary tradition that produced the great works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 12, 2020

Journey Into the Land of the Zeks and Back

A Memoir of the Gulag

Julius Margolin

Hosted by Aaron Weinacht
Julius Margolin was a Polish Jew caught between the twin 1939 invasions of Poland by Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. He spent the years 1940-1945 in Soviet labor camps, finally …
Russian and Eurasian Studies November 11, 2020

Stalin

Passage to Revolution

Ronald Grigor Suny

Hosted by Aaron Weinacht
Ronald Suny’s recent biography of the young Stalin, Stalin: Passage to Revolution (Princeton, 2020) covers “Soso” Jughashvili’s life up to the 1917 Revolution. Suny provides a wealth of detail as …
Central Asian Studies November 5, 2020

The Politics of Police Reform

Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries

Erica Marat

Hosted by Nicholas Seay
In her book, The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries (Oxford University Press, 2018), Erica Marat provides an answer to a very important question: “What …
Eastern European Studies November 2, 2020

Substate Dictatorship: Networks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet Union

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk

Hosted by Samantha Lomb
Starting after the Second World War and taking the story through to the Brezhnev era, Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk's Substate Dictatorship: Networks, Loyalty, and Institutional Change in the Soviet …
British Studies October 30, 2020

The Lockhart Plot

Love Betrayal, Assassination and Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia

Jonathan Schneer

Hosted by Daniel Peris
History in the making can be messy. As a tale told years later by historians, it is usually a clean narrative, with a beginning, a middle, and a mostly logical …
Eastern European Studies October 20, 2020

The Things of Life

Materiality in Late Soviet Russia

Alexey Golubev

Hosted by Steven Seegel
The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia (Cornell UP, 2020) is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces …
Eastern European Studies October 19, 2020

Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict

The Case of Ukraine

Hanna Shelest and Maryna Rabinovych

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
The articles presented in Decentralization, Regional Diversity, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) aim to explore the current political and administrative challenges that Ukraine is facing. The …
Art October 16, 2020

Superfluous Women

Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine

Jessica Zychowicz

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press, 2020) tells the unique story of a generation of artists, feminists, and queer activists who emerged …
Eastern European Studies October 16, 2020

The Burden of the Past

History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine

Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper

Hosted by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed
The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine (Indiana UP, 2020), edited by Anna Wylegała and Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper, (Indiana University Press, 2020) is an important contribution …
Russian and Eurasian Studies October 6, 2020

The Stuff of Soldiers

A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects

Brandon M. Schechter

Hosted by Steven Seegel
The Stuff of Soldiers: A History of the Red Army in World War II Through Objects (Cornell University Press) uses everyday objects to tell the story of the Great Patriotic …
Eastern European Studies October 6, 2020

Narkomania

Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine

Jennifer J. Carroll

Hosted by Steven Seegel
Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell UP, 2019) considers whether substance use disorders …
Eastern European Studies October 2, 2020

Understanding Ukraine and Belarus

A Memoir

David R. Marples

Hosted by Steven Seegel
David R. Marples' new book Understanding Ukraine and Belarus: A Memoir (E-International Relations, 2020) describes the author's academic journey from an undergraduate in London to his current research on Ukraine …
Eastern European Studies September 30, 2020

From Peoples into Nations

A History of Eastern Europe

John Connelly

Hosted by Vladislav Lilic
John Connelly’s new book – From Peoples into Nations: A History of Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2020) – is an encyclopedic but lively narrative that captivates both those familiar …
East Asian Studies September 8, 2020

Beyond the Steppe Frontier

A History of the Sino-Russian Border

Sören Urbansky

Hosted by Ed Pulford
The fact that the vast border between China and Russia is often overlooked goes hand-in-hand with a lack of understanding of the ordinary citizens in these much-discussed places, who often …
Music September 4, 2020

Red Wave

An American in the Soviet Music Underground

Joanna Stingray and Madison Stingray

Hosted by Samantha Lomb
Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground (Doppelhouse Press, 2020) is Joanna Stingray’s autobiographical account of her time on the underground music scene in the USSR and Russia …
Russian and Eurasian Studies September 3, 2020

The Use of History in Putin's Russia

James C. Pearce

Hosted by Daniel Peris
History matters in Russia. It really matters, so much so that the state has a "historical policy" to help legitimize itself and support its policy agenda. The Use of History …