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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Wendy Z. Goldman, “Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin’s Russia”

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A period of mass repression and terror swept through the Soviet Union between the years of 1936-39. Following the shocking Kirov assassination and show trials of alleged factory saboteurs, paranoia gripped the nation and culminated in the execution and imprisonment of millions of Soviet citizens. Th...

Matthew Lenoe, “The Kirov Murder and Soviet History”

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On 1 December 1934, Leonid Nikolaev, a disgruntled Bolshevik Party member, shot Sergei Kirov in the back of the head as the Leningrad Party boss approached his office in Smolny. The murder sent shockwaves throughout the Soviet leadership, which with Stalin as its helmsman, used it to concoct a wider...

Jan Plamper, “The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power”

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Jan Plamper begins in his book, The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (Yale University Press, 2012), with two illuminating anecdotes that demonstrate the power and scope of Stalin’s personality cult. The first comes from Sergei Kavtaradze, an Old Bolshevik and longtime friend of Stalin...

Steven Barnes, “Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society”

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Most Westerners know about the Gulag (aka “Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Colonies”) thanks to Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s eloquent, heart-wrenching Gulag Archipelago. Since the publication of that book in 1973 (and largely thanks to it), the Gulag has come to symbolize the ho...

J. Arch Getty, “Ezhov: The Rise of Stalin’s Iron Fist” (Yale UP, 2008)

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When you think of the Great Terror, Stalin immediately comes to mind, and rightly so.  But what of Nikolai Ezhov, the man who as head of the NKVD prosecuted Stalin reign of terror?  We've learned a lot about Ezhov's involvement in the Terror since the opening of Soviet archives in 1991. We kno...

Simon Morrison, “The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years” (Oxford UP, 2009)

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[Crossposted from New Books in History] In the Soviet Union, artists lived lives that were at once charmed and cursed. Though relatively poor, the USSR poured resources into the arts. The Party created a large, well-funded cultural elite of which only two things were expected. First, that they prac...

David Shearer, “Policing Stalin’s Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953″ (Yale UP, 2010)

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[Crossposted from New Books in History] The question as to why the leaders of the Soviet Union murdered hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens during the Great Purges is one of the most important of modern history, primarily because it shapes what we are likely to think about communism. There are...

Norman Naimark, “Stalin’s Genocides” (Princeton UP, 2010)

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[Crossposted from New Books in History] Absolutely no one doubts that Stalin murdered millions of people in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. His ruthless campaign of "dekulakization," his pitiless deportation of "unreliable" ethnic groups, his senseless starvation of Ukrainian peasants, his cruel attemp...

Deborah Kaple, “Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir” (Oxford UP, 2010)

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[Crossposted from New Books in History] Here's something remarkable: at some point in the future, something you believe to be just fine will be utterly disdained by the greater part of humanity. For instance, it is at least imaginable that one day everyone will believe that zoos were [NB] profoundl...

Robert Gellately, “Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe” (Knopf, 2007)

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[Crossposted from New Books in History] Today we're pleased to feature an interview with Robert Gellately of Florida State University. Professor Gellately is a distinguished and widely read historian of Germany, with a particular focus on the Nazi period. He's the author of a number of path-breaki...

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