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Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience
Johan Rasanayagam

Cambridge University Press, 2012

In recent years, the Uzbekistan government has been criticized for its brutal suppression of its Muslim population. This book, which is based on the author's intimate acquaintance with the region and several years of ethnographic research, is about how Muslims in this part of the world negotiate their religious practices despite the restraints of a stifling authoritarian regime. Fascinatingly, the book also shows how the restrictive atmosphere ...


National Purpose in the World Economy: Post-Soviet States in Comparative Perspective (Cornell Studies in ...
Rawi Abdelal

Cornell University Press, 2005

How do national identities affect the world economy? Building on the insight that nationalisms and national identities endow economic policy with social purpose, Rawi Abdelal proposes a novel theoretical framework, a distinctively Nationalist perspective on international political economy, to answer this question. Using this framework, and drawing on field research in Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus, he provides an in-depth look at the link ...


Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics
Stephen J. Collier

Princeton University Press, 2011

The Soviet Union created a unique form of urban modernity, developing institutions of social provisioning for hundreds of millions of people in small and medium-sized industrial cities spread across a vast territory. After the collapse of socialism these institutions were profoundly shaken--casualties, in the eyes of many observers, of market-oriented reforms associated with neoliberalism and the Washington Consensus. In Post-Soviet Social , ...


The Politics of Energy and Memory Between the Baltic States and Russia (Post-Soviet Politics)
Agnia Grigas

Ashgate Pub Co, 2014

Since the 1990s, Baltic-Russian relations have been amongst the most contentious on the European continent. Energy security concerns, historical legacies, and the status of Russian minorities have all proved key flash points. Baltic-Russian relations have been described as a 'litmus test' of Russia's willingness to leave behind its imperialist ambitions; simultaneously the policies of Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius towards Russia can have a direct ...


Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities (Genders and ...
Francesca Stella

Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book explores the everyday lives of 'lesbian' women in urban Russia. The first part ('time') examines generational differences between women: it shows how the Soviet system shaped understandings and experiences of same-sex desire, and how same-sex identities and communities have been renegotiated since the demise of state socialism. The second part ('space') attends to regional variation in ...


The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict, and Nationhood in the Caucasus
Christoph Zurcher

NYU Press, 2009

The Post-Soviet Wars is a comparative account of the organized violence in the Caucusus region, looking at four key areas: Chechnya, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Dagestan. Zürcher’s goal is to understand the origin and nature of the violence in these regions, the response and suppression from the post-Soviet regime and the resulting outcomes, all with an eye toward understanding why some conflicts turned violent, whereas others not. ...


Holocaust Legacy in Post-Soviet Lithuania: People, Places and Objects
Shivaun Woolfson

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Once regarded as a vibrant centre of intellectual, cultural and spiritual Jewish life, Lithuania was home to 240,000 Jews prior to the Nazi invasion of 1941. By war's end, less than 20,000 remained. Today, approximately 4,000 Jews reside there, among them 108 survivors from the camps and ghettos and a further 70 from the Partisans and Red Army. Against a backdrop of ongoing Holocaust dismissal and a recent surge in anti-Semitic sentiment, ...


The Post-Soviet Potemkin Village: Politics and Property Rights in the Black Earth
Jessica Allina-Pisano

Cambridge University Press, 2007

In the 1990s, as the Soviet Empire lay in ruins, the Russian and Ukrainian governments undertook a project to dismantle the collective farm system that was created under Stalin and in the process privatize an expanse of farmland larger than Australia. Ordinary people were supposed to benefit from the reform, but local government leaders quietly rebelled against it. The end result was the dispossession of millions of rural people. This is the ...


After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba
Noelle M. Stout

Duke University Press Books, 2014

Focused on the intimate effects of large-scale economic transformations, After Love illuminates the ways that everyday efforts to imagine, resist, and enact market reforms shape sexual desires and subjectivities. Anthropologist Noelle M. Stout arrived in Havana in 2002 to study the widely publicized emergence of gay tolerance in Cuba but discovered that the sex trade was dominating everyday discussions among gays, lesbians, and travestis . ...


Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader (Vol. I) (Cultural Syllabus)

Academic Studies Press, 2014

The first volume of Late and Post-Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader introduces a diverse spectrum of literary works from Perestroika to the present. It includes poetry, prose, drama and scholarly texts, many of which appear in English translation for the first time. The three sections, "Rethinking Identities," "'Little Terror' and Traumatic Writing," and "Writing Politics," address issues of critical relevance to contemporary Russian ...


Sport in Soviet Society: Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR (Cambridge ...
James Riordan

Cambridge University Press, 1980

The role and development of sport in Soviet society received little contemporary attention, in the West or in Russia. Although it was widely banned after the Russian Revolution, and viewed as a tool developed by the bourgeoisie for the training of body and mind during the rise of capitalism, the USSR was among the world's sporting powers. This 1977 book examines the evolution of sport in Russia from its early association with health and hygiene, ...


How Russia Really Works: The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business (Culture and ...
Alena V. Ledeneva

Cornell University Press, 2006

During the Soviet era, blat —the use of personal networks for obtaining goods and services in short supply and for circumventing formal procedures—was necessary to compensate for the inefficiencies of socialism. The collapse of the Soviet Union produced a new generation of informal practices. In How Russia Really Works , Alena V. Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s—from ...


Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)
Christopher Read

Routledge, 2005

From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance. Focal points of this study are: ...


Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-rich, War-torn, Post-Soviet Republic
Thomas Goltz

Routledge, 1998

In its first years as an independent state, Azerbaijan was a prime example of post-Soviet chaos - beset by coups and civil strife and astride an ethnic, political and religious divide. Author Goltz was detoured in Baku in mid-1991 and decided to stay, this diary is the record of his experiences.


A History of the Urals: Russia's Crucible from Early Empire to the Post-Soviet Era
Paul Dukes

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

The Urals are best known as the boundary between Europe and Asia. A History of the Urals demonstrates the region's importance in its own right, as a crucible of Russia's defence industry in particular. In the first English-language book to explore the subject fully, Paul Dukes examines the region's contribution to the power of the state in tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet times, offering a refreshing antidote to Moscow-centric ...


Post-Soviet Power: State-led Development and Russia's Marketization
Susanne A. Wengle

Cambridge University Press, 2015

Post-Soviet Power tells the story of the Russian electricity system and examines the politics of its transformation from a ministry to a market. Susanne Wengle shifts our focus away from what has been at the center of post-Soviet political economy - corruption and the lack of structural reforms - to draw attention to political struggles to establish a state with the ability to govern the economy. She highlights the importance of hands-on ...


The Economic Organization of War Communism 1918-1921 (Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies)
Silvana Malle

Cambridge University Press, 1985

This book examines the origins, development and reasons for change of the first Soviet economic system. Programmes are compared with outcomes and theory with practice in the fields of nationalization, workers' control and management, money and planning, industrial organization and food procurement. The organization of military supply and industry is examined separately, to emphasize that the initial approach to economic organization was affected ...


Religion, Politics and Nation-building in Post-communist Countries (Post-Soviet Politics)

Ashgate Pub Co, 2015

The increasing significance and visibility of relationships between religion and public arenas and institutions following the fall of communism in Europe provide the core focus of this fascinating book. Leading international scholars consider the religious and political role of Christian Orthodoxy in the Russian Federation, Romania, Georgia and Ukraine alongside the revival of old, indigenous religions, often referred to as 'shamanistic' and ...


Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era
Jean Francois Revel

Encounter Books, 2009

Here is a tasty paradox: How did the Leftist legions regroup after history delivered its fatal blow to the Soviet system? Simple, argues Jean-Francois Revel: the Left retreated to the impregnable fortress of the Utopian ideal. After all, socialism incarnate was always vulnerable to criticism. Utopia, on the other hand, lies by definition beyond reproach. With the demise of the Soviet system, there is no longer a vast and flailing embodiment of ...


A Future and a Hope: Mission, Theological Education, and the Transformation of Post-Soviet Society
Joshua T. Searle

Wipf & Stock, 2014

After more than twenty years since the fall of the USSR, the evangelical movement in post-Soviet society has entered a crucial phase in its historical development. Setting out a transformative vision of mission and theological education, this book makes an important contribution towards the renewal of the church in this fascinating-but deeply troubled-part of the world. After the violent and disruptive events that followed the Ukrainian ...



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