New Books Network

Nathan Spannaus, “Preserving Islamic Tradition: Abu Nasr Qursawi and the Beginnings of Modern Reformism” (Oxford UP, 2019)
What were some of the major transformations taking place for Muslim communities in the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century? How did the introduction of a state-backed structure for Muslim religious institutions alter Islamic religious authority in the empire? And who exactly was Abu Nasr Qursawi and what was his... Read More
Iraj Bashiri, “The History of the Civil War in Tajikistan” (Academic Studies Press, 2020)
In The History of the Civil War in Tajikistan (Academic Studies Press, 2020) Iraj Bashiri provides an overview of the Civil War in Tajikistan that emerged amidst the collapse of the Soviet Union. Based on personal observations, interviews, and a variety of primary and secondary publications, Bashiri places the conflict... Read More
Diana T. Kudaibergenova, “Toward Nationalizing Regimes: Conceptualizing Power and Identity in the Post-Soviet Realm” (U Pittsburgh Press, 2020)
The collapse of the Soviet Union famously opened new venues for the theories of nationalism and the study of processes and actors involved in these new nation-building processes. In Toward Nationalizing Regimes: Conceptualizing Power and Identity in the Post-Soviet Realm (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020), Diana T. Kudaibergenova takes the... Read More
Gregory Afinogenov, “Spies and Scholars: Chinese Secrets and Imperial Russia’s Quest for World Power” (Harvard UP, 2020)
The ways in which states and empires spy on and study one another has changed a great deal over time in line with shifting political priorities, written traditions and technologies. Even on this highly diverse global background, however, the long process of licit and illicit familiarization between Russia and China... Read More
Scott Levi, “The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia” (U Pittsburgh, 2020)
In his new book, The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia (University of Pittsburgh, 2020), Scott Levi brings new perspectives into the historiography of early Modern Central Asia. Levi reflects on recent scholarship to identify multiple causal factors that contributed to the Bukharan crisis of the 18th... Read More
Francine Hirsch, “Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg” (Oxford UP, 2020)
How did an authoritarian regime help lay the cornerstones of human rights and international law? Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II  (Oxford University Press, 2020) argues that Anglo-American dominated histories capture the moment while missing the story. Drawing upon secret... Read More
David Shimer, “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference” (Knopf, 2020)
“The guard is tired.” With that simple phrase, the newly installed Bolshevik regime in Russia dismissed the duly elected Constituent Assembly in January 1918. And, one might say, so started Russia’s century-long interference in elections and electoral outcomes. In his new book Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of... Read More
Archie Brown, “The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War” (Oxford UP, 2020)
What brought about an end to the Cold War has long been a subject of speculation and mythology. One prominent argument is that the United States simply bankrupted the Soviet Union, outspending the Soviets on the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, or “Star Wars”). Renowned Soviet and Russian scholar, Professor Archie... Read More
Mark Vincent, “Criminal Subculture in the Gulag” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
Most Gulag scholarship focuses on political prisoners and, as a result, our knowledge of the camps as a lived experience remains relatively incomplete. Criminal Subculture in the Gulag: Prisoner Society in the Stalinist Labour Camps, 1924–53 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) draws on Gulag journals, song collections, tattoo drawings and dictionaries of... Read More
Laura A. Dean, “Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy in Eurasia” (Policy Press, 2020)
Laura A. Dean (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Millikin University and director of the Human Trafficking Research Lab) has spent many years investigating the urgent human rights issue of human trafficking in Eurasia. In her 2020 monograph Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy in Eurasia (Policy Press, 2020), Dr. Dean analyzes the... Read More