Struggle over Identity: The Official and the Alternative by Nelly Bekus

By Nelly Bekus

Rejecting the cliché approximately “weak id and underdeveloped nationalism,” Bekus argues for the co-existence of 2 parallel thoughts of Belarusianness—the legitimate and the choice one—which mirrors the present country of the Belarusian humans extra appropriately and allows a special interpretation of the interconnection among the democratization and nationalization of Belarusian society. The booklet describes how the ethno-symbolic kingdom of the Belarusian nationalists, in keeping with the cultural capital of the Golden Age of the Belarusian earlier (17th century) competes with the “nation” institutionalized and reified through the varied civic rituals and social practices less than the auspices of the particular Belarusian nation. evaluating the 2 options not just presents realizing of the common sense that dominates Belarusian society’s self-description versions, but in addition allows us to guage the probabilities of different Belarusianness to win this unequal fight over identity.

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Muslim Women of the Fergana Valley: A 19th-Century by Vladimir Nalivkin,Maria Nalivkina,Marianne Kamp,Mariana

By Vladimir Nalivkin,Maria Nalivkina,Marianne Kamp,Mariana Markova

Muslim ladies of the Fergana Valley is the 1st English translation of a massive 19th-century Russian textual content describing way of life in Uzbek groups. Vladimir and Maria Nalivkin have been Russians who settled in a "Sart" village in 1878, in a territory newly conquered by way of the Russian Empire. in the course of their six years in Nanay, Maria Nalivkina realized the neighborhood language, befriended her acquaintances, and wrote observations approximately their lives from delivery to loss of life. jointly, Maria and Vladimir released this account, which met with nice acclaim from Russia’s Imperial Geographic Society and between Orientalists across the world. whereas they well-known that Islam formed social attitudes, the Nalivkins by no means trusted universal stereotypes in regards to the "plight" of Muslim ladies. The Fergana Valley girls in their ethnographic portrait become full of life, hard-working, smart, and ready to navigate the cultural demanding situations of early Russian colonialism. wealthy with social and cultural element of a type now not on hand in other forms of ancient resources, this paintings deals infrequent perception into lifestyles in rural imperative Asia and serves as an instructive instance of the style of ethnographic writing that used to be rising on the time. Annotations by way of the translators and an editor's advent via Marianne Kamp aid modern readers comprehend the Nalivkins' paintings in context.

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The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications by Michael P. Croissant

By Michael P. Croissant

Of the entire violent disputes that experience flared around the former Soviet Union because the overdue Eighties, the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash is the one one to pose a real chance to peace and defense all through Eurasia. via correct of its strategic situation and oil assets, the Transcaucasus has been and may stay a resource of curiosity for exterior powers competing to develop their geopolitical impression within the zone. below such stipulations, the prospect will stay for the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash to reignite and extend to incorporate different powers.

The ten-year clash among Armenia and Azerbaijan has been one of many bloodiest and so much intractable disputes to emerge from the breakup of the Soviet Union. Animosity that built among the Armenians and Azeris below czarist Russian rule used to be fueled through the increase of a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous zone for which either peoples consider an excessive nationalistic affinity. The attachment of the sector to Azerbaijan by means of Stalin in 1923 grew to become a resource of deep resentment for the Armenians, and through the guideline of Gorbachev, a crusade used to be started to accomplish the peaceable unification of Armenia and Karabakh. Azerbaijan resisted the stream as a chance to its territorial integrity, and clashes that broke out quickly escalated right into a full-scale struggle that outlived the USSR itself.

Although a cease-fire has been saw on account that may possibly, 1994, a relaxed cost to the clash has been elusive. in the meantime, via correct of either the strategic situation and assets and the original safety features of the Transcaucasus, significant exterior powers―Russia, Turkey, and Iran―have sought to steer the dispute in keeping with their geopolitical pursuits. With the expansion of curiosity within the oil riches of the Caspian Sea and the expanding engagement of Western international locations, together with the USA, the dangers and implications of renewed violence among Armenia and Azerbaijan will develop. This significant examine should be of curiosity to scholars, students, and policymakers concerned with diplomacy, army affairs, and the Transcaucasus.

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A Companion to Russian Cinema (CNCZ - Wiley Blackwell by Birgit Beumers

By Birgit Beumers

A spouse to Russian Cinema provides an exhaustive and punctiliously organised consultant to the cinema of pre-Revolutionary Russia, of the Soviet period, in addition to post-Soviet Russian cinema, edited through the most tested and an expert students in Russian cinema studies. 

  • The latest and thorough insurance of Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, which additionally successfully fills gaps within the current scholarship within the field
  • This is the 1st quantity on Russian cinema to discover particularly the background of motion picture theatres, studios, and academic institutions
  • The editor is likely one of the such a lot demonstrated and a professional students in Russian cinema reports, and contributions come from best specialists within the box of Russian reports, movie stories and visible Culture
  • Chapters reflect on the humanities of scriptwriting, sound, construction layout, costumes and cinematography
  • Provides 5 photos of key figures in Soviet and Russia movie background, whose works were a bit neglected

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Investigating the Russian Mafia by Joseph D. Serio

By Joseph D. Serio

To learn an excerpt from this ebook, click on right here. to benefit much more approximately Investigating the Russian Mafia and the writer, click on here.

In a different, new booklet, Joseph Serio discusses the attitudes and practices of the felony international, enterprise, and policing, exposing the realities of the Russian Mafia. He convincingly demonstrates that some of the forces at paintings within the Nineteen Nineties didn't originate within the Communist period or come up due to the cave in of the USSR. Crime teams whose contributors got here from each stroll of existence – underworld, police, KGB, Communist occasion – were half and parcel of the Russian adventure for hundreds of years. become aware of why those components tackle a very ominous form within the post-Soviet international and signify a long term problem to legislation enforcement, companies, and democracy itself for either the Russian Federation and the remainder of the world.

Investigating the Russian Mafia is perfect for college students, legislation enforcement, practitioners, and enterprise humans working within the former Soviet Union, in addition to the final reader. Serio was once the one American to paintings within the equipped Crime regulate division of the Soviet police. He later served as director of the Moscow workplace of an international research firm.

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The Vienna Summit and Its Importance in International by Günter Bischof,Stefan Karner,Barbara Stelzl-Marx,Richard D.

By Günter Bischof,Stefan Karner,Barbara Stelzl-Marx,Richard D. Williamson,Anne Deighton,Georges-Henri Soutou,Vladimir Pechatnov,Ol'ga Pavlenko,Michail Prozumenshchikov,Sir Lawrence Freedman,Timothy Naftali,Ingrid Bauer,Jennifer Lynn Walton,Peter Ruggenthaler

At the start of June 1961, the tensions of the chilly conflict have been speculated to bog down as either side sought a solution. the 2 most crucial males on the planet, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, met for a summit in Vienna. but the excessive hopes have been disenchanted. inside of months the chilly conflict had develop into highly regarded: Khrushchev outfitted the Berlin Wall and a yr later he despatched missiles to Cuba to threaten the U.S. at once.

Despite the truth that the Vienna Summit yielded slightly any tangible effects, it did bring about a few extremely important advancements. The superpowers got here to determine for the 1st time that there has been just one method to break out from the atomic hell in their respective arsenals: discussion. The "peace via worry" and the "hotline" among Washington and Moscow avoided an atomic disagreement. Austria effectively established its new position as impartial country and host while Vienna turned a gathering position within the chilly conflict. In The Vienna Summit and Its significance in overseas History overseas specialists use new Russian and Western assets to investigate what quite occurred in this serious time and why the events had an in depth shave with catastrophe.

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The Russian-Chechen Conflict 1800-2000: A Deadly Embrace by Robert Seely

By Robert Seely

In 1994, the mountain territory of Chechnya used to be witness to the most important army crusade staged on Russian soil due to the fact global conflict II. The Russo-Chechen struggle is tested in the context of the sour historical past among the 2 peoples, culminating within the expression of clash from 1994-1996.

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The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania: Memory and by Violeta Davoli?t?

By Violeta Davoli?t?

Appearing at the global level in 1918, Lithuania suffered quite a few invasions, border alterations and massive scale inhabitants displacements.The successive occupations of Stalin in 1940 and Hitler in 1941, mass deportations to the Gulag and the removing of the Jewish group within the Holocaust gave the horrors of global conflict II a different ferocity. furthermore, the combating persisted after 1945 with the anti-Soviet rebellion, beaten via mass deportations and compelled collectivization in 1948-1951. At no aspect, despite the fact that, did the method of nationwide consolidation take a pause, making Lithuania an improbably consultant case examine of profitable nation-building during this quarter. As postwar reconstruction won velocity, ethnic Lithuanians from the nation-state – the one group to stay after the warfare in major numbers – have been mobilized to paintings within the towns. They streamed into manufacturing unit and collage alike, making a modern urban society, with new elites who had a shocking measure of freedom to advertise nationwide tradition. This ebook describes how the nationwide cultural elites developed a Soviet Lithuanian id opposed to a backdrop of compelled modernization within the fifties and sixties, and the way they accordingly took it aside via evoking the reminiscence of demanding displacement within the seventies and eighties, later rising as fashionable leaders of the preferred circulate opposed to Soviet rule.

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Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th by Reinhold Busch

By Reinhold Busch

In November 1942 – in a devastating counter-attack from outdoor the town – Soviet forces smashed the German siege and encircled Stalingrad, trapping a few 290,000 infantrymen of the sixth military within. for nearly 3 months, in the course of the cruelest a part of the Russian iciness, the German troops continued atrocious stipulations. Freezing chilly and reliant on dwindling nutrition offers from Luftwaffe air drops, millions died from hunger, frostbite or an infection if no longer from the combating itself. 

This very important paintings reconstructs the awful destiny of the sixth military in complete for the 1st time through interpreting the little-known tale of the sphere hospitals and critical dressing stations. the writer has trawled via hundreds and hundreds of formerly unpublished reviews, interviews, diaries and newspaper money owed to bare the stories of squaddies of all ranks, from easy infantrymen to generals. 

The booklet comprises first-hand debts of infantrymen who have been wounded or fell in poor health and have been flown out of the encirclement; in addition to those that fought to the sour finish and have been taken prisoner via the Soviets. They examine the severity of the combating, and demonstrate the slowly ebbing hopes for survival. jointly they supply an illuminating and tragic portrait of the appalling occasions at Stalingrad.

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The Soviet Arctic by Pier Horensma

By Pier Horensma

The Soviet Arctic is the 1st booklet to think about Soviet coverage during this zone from an historian's viewpoint. Horensma assesses the significance of old legacies to present Soviet Arctic coverage and their results on a global point. The booklet additionally discusses the importance of historical precedents within the selection of polar sovereignty.

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