New Books in Russia and Eurasian Studies

New Books in Russia and Eurasian Studies

Sean Guillory

Description: Discussions with Scholars of Russia and Eurasia about their New Books

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Edmund Levin, “A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] There is a lot of nasty mythology about Jews, but surely the most heinous and ridiculous is the bizarre notion that “they” (as if Jews were all the same) have long been in the habit of murdering Christian children, draining them of blood, and mixing sai...

Filip Slaveski, “The Soviet Occupation of Germany: Hunger, Mass Violence and the Struggle for Peace, 1945–1947″

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] For over three years, from June 1941 to late 1944,  the German Army and related Nazi forces (the SS, occupation troops, administrative organizations) conducted a Vernichtungskrieg"a war of annihilation"against the Soviet Union on Soviet soil. The Germans...

Sener Akturk, “Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey”

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What processes must take place in order for countries to radically redefine who is a citizen? Why was Russia able to finally remove ethnicity from internal passports after failing to do so during seven decades of Soviet rule? What led German leaders to finally grant guest workers from Southern and E...

Anne Gorsuch , “All This is Your World: Soviet Tourism at Home and Abroad After Stalin”

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Thirty years after a trip to the GDR, Soviet cardiologist V.I. Metelitsa still remembered mistakenly trying to buy a dress for a ten-year-old daughter in a maternity shop: ‘In our country I couldn’t even imagine that such a specialized shop could exist’.” Well-stocked shops, attractive cafes...

Paula A. Michaels, “Lamaze: An International History”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] The twentieth-century West witnessed a revolution in childbirth. Before that time, most women gave birth at home and were attended by family members and midwives. The process was usually terribly painful for the mother. Beginning in the nineteenth century...

Anna Fishzon, “Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-Siècle Russia”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] Pretty much everyone understands what is called the “Cult of Celebrity,” particularly as it manifests itself in the arts. It’s a mentality that privileges the actor over the act, the singer over the song, the painter over the painting, and so on. The C...

Olga Gershenson, “The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Jewish Studies] Fifty years of Holocaust screenplays and films "largely unknown, killed by censors, and buried in dusty archives " come to life in Olga Gershenson’s The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (Rutgers UP, 2013). As she ventures...

Waitman Beorn, “Marching into Darkness: The Wehrmacht and the Holocaust in Belarus”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] The question of Wehrmacht complicity in the Holocaust is an old one. What might be called the “received view” until recently was that while a small number of German army units took part in anti-Jewish atrocities, the great bulk of the army neither knew...

Denis Kozlov, “The Readers of Novyi Mir: Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past”

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In Russia’s collective memory, the Stalin terror is often remembered and referred to by its most grueling year: “1937.” Following Stalin’s death and the shocking revelations about his regime exposed by his successor Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet citizens began to remember and rethink the turbule...

Peter Savodnik, “The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in History] For many people, the most important questions about the Kennedy assassination are “Who killed Kennedy?” and, if Lee Harvey Oswald did, “Was Oswald part of a conspiracy?” This is strange, because we know the answers to both questions: Oswald killed K...
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