New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies

New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies

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

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Bilyana Lilly, “Russian Foreign Policy toward Missile Defense: Actors, Motivations, and Influence”

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The current conflict in Ukraine has reopened old wounds and brought the complexity of Russia’s relationship with the United States and Europe to the forefront. One of the most important factors in relations between the Kremlin and the West has been the issue of Ballistic Missile Defense, particula...

Thane Gustafson, “Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia”

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Russia’s economy hinges on its ability to produce and sell natural resources. Especially oil. It comes as no surprise that the collapse of Soviet Union ushered in a mad scramble for control over oil resources. The oligarchs who sat atop the treasure trove of oil production following post-Soviet pr...

Jenny Kaminer, “Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Gender Studies] Jenny Kaminer‘s new book, Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture (Northwestern University Press, 2014) analyzes Russian myths of motherhood over time and in particular, the evolving myths of the figure of the “ba...

Alexander Cooley, “Great Game, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia”

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Central Asia is one of the least studied and understood regions of the Eurasian landmass, conjuring up images of 19th century Great Power politics, endless steppe, and impenetrable regimes. Alexander Cooley, a professor of Political Science at Barnard College in New York, has studied the five post-S...

Angela Stent, “The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twentieth-First Century”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] In 2005, the Comedy Central Network aired an episode of “South Park” in which one of the characters asked if any “Third World” countries other than Russia had the ability to fly a whale to the moon. During a press conference that took place tw...

Vladimir Sharov, “Before and During, trans. Oliver Ready”

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Historical Fiction] Historical fiction, by definition, supplements the verifiable documentary record with elements of the imagination. Otherwise, it is not fiction but history. These elements often include invented characters, made-up dialogue, the filling in of vag...

Willard Sunderland, “The Baron’s Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution”

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The Russian Empire once extended from the Baltic Sea to the Sea of Japan and contained a myriad of different ethnicities and nationalities. Dr. Willard Sunderland‘s The Baron’s Cloak: A History of the Russian Empire in War and Revolution (Cornell University Press, 2014) is an engaging new take...

Katherine Pickering Antonova, “An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia “

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Katherine Pickering Antonova’s An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia (Oxford University Press, 2012) investigates the Chikhachevs, members of the middling nobility in the pre-emancipation era. The book’s principal characters are Andrei, a graphomaniacal paterf...

Ivo Mijnssen, “The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin’s Russia I: Back To Our Future! History, Modernity, and Patriotism According to Nashi, 2005-2013″

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The Soviet Union once boasted of its unparalleled political participation among youth. Belonging to outwardly political organizations, these Octobrists, Pioneers, and Komsomoltsy often represented the spirit of Soviet youth. They were engaged, well-informed, and enthusiastic about their country. In...

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...
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