New Books Network

James C. Pearce, “The Use of History in Putin’s Russia” (Vernon Press, 2020)
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 in Putin’s Russia (Vernon Press, 2020), James C. Pearce examines how the past is perceived in contemporary Russia and analyses... Read More
Marco Puleri, “Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics” (Peter Lang, 2020)
Marco Puleri’s Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics (Peter Lang, 2020) examines a complex process of identity formation in the context of exposure to a diversity of linguistic and cultural influences. Puleri zeroes in on contemporary Ukraine to explore the specificities of cultural... Read More
Stephen Riegg, “Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 (Cornell University Press, 2020) traces the relationship between the Romanov state and the Armenian diaspora that populated Russia’s territorial fringes and navigated the tsarist empire’s metropolitan centers. By engaging the ongoing debates about imperial structures that were simultaneously symbiotic and hierarchically... Read More
Adam Teller, “Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the 17th Century” (Princeton UP, 2020)
A refugee crisis of huge proportions erupted as a result of the mid-seventeenth-century wars in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Tens of thousands of Jews fled their homes, or were captured and trafficked across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Rescue the Surviving Souls is the first book to examine this... Read More
Matthew Romaniello, “Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In his new book Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia (Cambridge University Press), Matthew Romaniello examines the workings of the British Russia Company and the commercial entanglements of the British and Russian empires in the long eighteenth century. This innovative and highly readable monograph challenges the long-held views... Read More
David Moon, “The American Steppes: The Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture, 1870s-1930s” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Beginning in the 1870s, migrant groups from Russia’s steppes settled in the similar environment of the Great Plains. Many were Mennonites. They brought plants, in particular grain and fodder crops, trees and shrubs, as well as weeds. Following their example, and drawing on the expertise of émigré Russian-Jewish scientists, the... Read More
Natan M. Meir, “Stepchildren of the Shtetl” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Memoirs of Jewish life in the east European shtetl often recall the hekdesh (town poorhouse) and its residents: beggars, madmen and madwomen, disabled people, and poor orphans. Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939 (Stanford University Press, 2020) tells the story of these... Read More
Will Smiley, “From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In his book From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2018), Will Smiley examines the emergence of rules of warfare surrounding captivity and slavery in the context of Ottoman-Russian military rivalry between 1700 and 1878. This remarkably well-researched and carefully argued... Read More
Madina Tlostanova, “What Does it Mean to Be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire” (Duke UP, 2018)
In What Does it Mean to Be Post-Soviet? Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (Duke University Press, 2018), Madina Tlostanova traces how contemporary post-Soviet art mediates this human condition. Observing how the concept of the happy future—which was at the core of the project of Soviet modernity—has... Read More
Sonya Bilocerkowycz, “On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine” (Mad Creek Books, 2019)
It’s been a difficult year in America. From plague, to protests, to politics, there have never been so many lives at stake, nor so many questions about the future of our country. Since his election in 2016, questions have been raised about president Trump’s too-close-for-comfort ties to Russian leadership and... Read More