books about: post-soviet
Late and Post Soviet Literature: A Reader (Vol. I) (Cultural Syllabus)
Academic Studies Press
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 ...
After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba
Noelle M. Stout
Duke University Press Books
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 . ...
Last Exit to Utopia: The Survival of Socialism in a Post-Soviet Era
Jean Francois Revel
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 Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The New Cold War History)
Vladislav M. Zubok
The University of North Carolina Press
In this widely praised book, Vladislav Zubok argues that Western interpretations of the Cold War have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the twentieth century. Using recently declassified Politburo records, ciphered telegrams, ...
Revolutionary Medicine: Health and the Body in Post-Soviet Cuba (Experimental Futures)
P. Sean Brotherton
Duke University Press Books
Revolutionary Medicine is a richly textured examination of the ways that Cuba's public health care system has changed during the past two decades and of the meaning of those changes for ordinary Cubans. Until the Soviet bloc collapsed in 1989, socialist Cuba encouraged citizens to view access to health care as a human right and the state's responsibility to provide it as a moral imperative. Since the loss of Soviet subsidies and the tightening ...
The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict, and Nationhood in the Caucasus
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. ...
How Russia Really Works: The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business (Culture and ...
Alena V. Ledeneva
Cornell University Press
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 ...
Origins of the Great Purges: The Soviet Communist Party Reconsidered, 1933-1938 (Cambridge Russian, Soviet ...
John Archibald Getty
Cambridge University Press
This is a study of the structure of the Soviet Communist Party in the 1930s. Based upon archival and published sources, the work describes the events in the Bolshevik Party leading up to the Great Purges of 1937-1938. Professor Getty concludes that the party bureaucracy was chaotic rather than totalitarian, and that local officials had relative autonomy within a considerably fragmented political system. The Moscow leadership, of which Stalin was ...
Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics
Stephen J. Collier
Princeton University Press
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 , ...
Columbia University Press
Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991. He looks at the plans that were meant to restructure a society in crisis but -- for reasons both complex and obvious -- were destined to fail. From the drastic liberalization of prices and "shock therapy" to the privatization of state ...
A Record of Interesting Choices: Tales of a Post-Soviet Man in the West
“A Record of Interesting Choices: Tales of a Post-Soviet Man in the West” is a collection of entertaining and irreverent stories from a Russian immigrant living in the US. With his characteristic sarcasm and at times warm tone, Jigoulov writes on religion in America, the importance of German erotica in the Soviet space, the world of espionage, and the secrets of the Russian soul. Jigoulov reminiscences on growing up in the Soviet Union, ...
Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge Russian, Soviet ...
Wendy Z. Goldman
Cambridge University Press
When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they believed that under socialism the family would "wither-away." They envisioned a society in which communal dining halls, daycare centers, and public laundries would replace the unpaid labor of women in the home. Yet by 1936 legislation designed to liberate women from their legal and economic dependence had given way to increasingly conservative solutions aimed at strengthening traditional family ...
Ukraine and Russia: The Post-Soviet Transition
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
This timely study provides a clear analysis of both the domestic and foreign policies and security issues confronting RussiaOs largest and most important neighbor during its first decade as an independent state. Roman Solchanyk emphasizes throughout the book, the complex, centuries-old Ukrainian-Russian relationship, which is so central that the ORussian questionO plays the determining role in UkraineOs foreign and domestic politics. In turn, ...
The Conundrum of Russian Capitalism: The Post-Soviet Economy in the World System
In this book Ruslan Dzarasov reveals the nature of Russian capitalism following the fall of the Soviet Union, showing how the system originated in both the degenerated Soviet bureaucracy and the pressures of global capital. He provides an unprecedented analysis of Russian firms' corporate governance and labor practices, and makes sense of their peculiar investment strategies. By comparing the practices of Russian companies to the typical models ...
Azerbaijan Diary: A Rogue Reporter's Adventures in an Oil-Rich, War-Torn, Post-Soviet Republic
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.
Women's Lives and Livelihoods in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: Ceremonies of Empowerment and Peacebuilding
Women in Uzbekistan have been labeled as victims of patriarchy and submissive, voiceless bodies who lack agency and decision-making power. They are also often symbolized as preservers of rituals and culture and also the victims of socio-economic transformations. During the years of land tenure changes from collectivization to de-collectivization, World War II and the five-year plan economy, women played a vital role in pursuing a diverse range ...
Russia and the EU in a Multipolar World: Discourses, Identities, Norms (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and ...
This multifaceted analysis of E.U.--Russian relations investigates competing models of international society and unveils multiple alternatives both the EU and Russia can draw on in their policies toward each other. Assessing the repercussions of ongoing E.U.--Russian discord, the volume reveals the interconnectedness of the discourses dominating the E.U. and Russia while also accounting for their deep-seated disconnect.
Conceiving Cuba: Reproduction, Women, and the State in the Post-Soviet Era
Rutgers University Press
After Cuba’s 1959 revolution, the Castro government sought to instill a new social order. Hoping to achieve a new and egalitarian society, the state invested in policies designed to promote the well-being of women and children. Yet once the Soviet Union fell and Cuba’s economic troubles worsened, these programs began to collapse, with serious results for Cuban families. Conceiving Cuba offers an intimate look at how, with the island’s ...
Roll Over, Tchaikovsky!: Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality (New Perspectives on Gender in ...
University of Illinois Press, 2014
Centered on the musical experiences of homosexual men in St. Petersburg and Moscow, this ground-breaking study examines how post-Soviet popular music both informs and plays off of a corporeal understanding of Russian male homosexuality.Drawing upon ethnography, musical analysis, and phenomenological theory, Stephen Amico offers an expert technical analysis of Russian rock, pop, and estrada music, dovetailing into an illuminating discussion of ...
Soviet Partisan 1941-44 (Warrior)
From the start of Barbarossa , large numbers of Soviet troops and civilians were cut off behind Nazi German lines in what Stalin termed the Great Patriotic War. We know this in the West as the Russo-German part of World War II, but for many partisans it began as a life and death struggle simply to survive. The partisan war in the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1944 has been the subject of considerable political manipulation in the decades following ...
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