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Belarus
Jan Zaprudnik
0813317940
July 1993
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From Library Journal
Belarus (formerly Belorussia) is the western-most republic in the Commonwealth of Independent States, with stronger historical ties to Europe than to Moscow, according to this new survey. It has a long history of outside government, from Poland and Lithuania, and a tradition of ethnic coexistence; these traits are reemerging after the breakup of the USSR. Zaprudnik, formerly an analyst at Radio Liberty, devotes four chapters of his survey to the history of Belarus (to 1985) and four to the conditions and prospects of the new state, covering the national and language revival, politics, economics, and foreign relations. Throughout, he is harshly critical of the Soviet government and its "ethnocidal" policies in Belarus. His bibliography is replete with specialized, non-English, sources. Not much is available in...


Voices From Chernobyl (Lannan Selection)
Svetlana Alexievich, Keith Gessen (Translator)
1564784010
April 30, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
A chorus of fatalism, stoic bravery and black, black humor is sounded in this haunting oral history of the 1986 nuclear reactor catastrophe in what is now northeastern Ukraine. Russian journalist Alexievich records a wide array of voices: a woman who clings to her irradiated, dying husband though nurses warn her "that's not a person anymore, that's a nuclear reactor"; a hunter dispatched to evacuated villages to exterminate the household pets; soldiers sent in to clean up the mess, bitter at the callous, incompetent Soviet authorities who "flung us there, like sand on the reactor," but accepting their lot as a test of manhood; an idealistic nuclear engineer whose faith in communism is shattered. And there are the local peasants who take this latest in a long line of disasters in stride, filtering back to their...


Belarus
Patricia M. Levy
0761408118
April 2000
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-The opening statement in the introduction, "Belarus suddenly gained independence in 1990 at the end of the Cold War," does not inspire much confidence in this title. While readers are correctly informed later that Belarus has been an independent nation "since the breakup of the USSR in 1991," the author dates independence incorrectly for a second time further into the text as, "in the late 1980s." It is unfortunate that these and other misstatements are found in this volume, which covers a wide range of topics including geography, history, political institutions, religion, and everyday life. The full-color photographs are attractive, but the rigid format of this series seems to confine authors to an encyclopedic style. Also, one must question the caption of a photograph depicting a group of students...


Bielski Brothers
Peter Duffy
0060935537
June 2004
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Book Description

In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would, of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running or giving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- fought back, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.

By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding the Belarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis and established a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to join their ranks. As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust community began to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods."

After two and a half years in the woods, in July 1944, the Bielskis learned that the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were...



The Origins of the Slavic Nations : Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
Serhii Plokhy
0521864038
September 30, 2006
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Book Description
The latest developments in the countries of eastern Europe, including the rise of authoritarian tendencies in Russia and Belarus, as well as the victory of the democratic 'Orange Revolution' in Ukraine, pose important questions about the origins of the East Slavic nations and the essential similarities or differences between their cultures. This book traces the origins of the modern Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian nations by focusing on premodern forms of group identity among the Eastern Slavs. It also challenges attempts to 'nationalize' the Rus' past on behalf of existing national projects, laying the groundwork for a new understanding of the premodern history of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The book covers the period from the Christianization of Kyivan Rus' in the tenth century to the reign of Peter I and his...


The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999
Timothy Snyder
030010586X
August 2004
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Foreign Affairs
"[A] fresh and stimulating look at the path to nationhood." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
“The Reconstruction of Nations is a brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe. Snyder highlights the success of contemporary leaders of Poland in bringing an end to the centuries of war, conquest, and ethnic cleansing, which have plagued that part of the world. His study has major implications for all of us who want to understand the processes of state collapse and nation-building in the world.”—Samuel P. Huntington, Chairman, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies


Historical Dictionary of Belarus
Jan Zaprudnik
0810834499
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Over four hundred dictionary entries provide quick and easy access to basic facts and personalities from Belarus, including important historical figures as well as contemporary political players.

About the Author
Jan Zaprudnik (Ph.D., New York University) has published extensively on Belarus, including Belarus: At a Crossroads in History (Westview, 1993).


Reviving Greater Russia : The Future of Russia's Borders and Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhastan, Moldova
Jr., Herman Pirchner
0761832009
June 28, 2005
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Book Description
In December 2001, a new Russian law laying the basis for the peaceful territorial expansion of the Russian Federation went into effect. The entire country of Belarus-as well as parts of Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine-are the most likely candidates to join Russia. Should this largely ethnically-based expansion occur, Russia would grow by more than 20 million people, and the resultant rise in Russian nationalism might encourage further Russian territorial ambitions-especially those directed at Ukraine. Even if Russian expansion stops with all, or part, of these territories, however, it could breathe new life into the ethnically based border problems of other countries. Co-published with the American Foreign Policy Council.


Your Mouth Is Lovely
Nancy Richler
0060096780
October 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Like a doomed love affair, the Russian Revolution proceeds according to its own inexorable logic in this haunting U.S. debut by Canadian Richler (Throw Away Angels). Within hours of Miriam Lev's birth into a swampy shtetl in prerevolutionary Minsk, her mother dispatches her to a wet nurse and drowns herself. Six years later, Miriam is halfheartedly reclaimed by her father, Aaron, "the Stutterer," newly married to the young seamstress Tsila. With her grotesque facial birthmark and a disposition "sour as spoiled milk," Tsila fulfills the job requirements for wicked stepmother. But this remarkably complex character educates Miriam "to be a human being among human beings" and instills in her the urge to escape ("Nice is somewhere else"). She also binds Miriam to her own family, especially to her rebellious sister...


Living After Chernobyl: Ira's Story (Children in Crisis (World Almanac Library (Firm)).)
Linda Walker
083685957X
July 2005
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Belarus at the Crossroad
Sherman W. Garnett (Editor)
0870031724
January 1999
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Book Description
Belarus, although frequently overlooked in the West, is a country critical to the development of the post-Soviet states and to Europe as a whole. Its location alone—bordering Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine—points to its importance as a major geopolitical player. On top of that, the ambitions of its president mean that Belarus will likely have a say in the future of Russia, Ukraine, and other neighboring states. To address what, to date, has been short-sighted and potentially dangerous neglect of this country, the editors of this book bring together essays by specialists from Belarus, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, and the United States to focus on Belarus’s place in the evolving European security environment. No other publication has taken such a diverse approach to this little-understood...


Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe
David R. Marples
0312161816
August 1996
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Book Description
Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe examines the principal effects of Soviet rule on Belarus as the prelude to a detailed analysis of the medical and social consequences of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. It places these problems into the contemporary political context and assesses the ability of the newly-independent state to deal with a disaster of such dimensions.


Independent Belarus: Domestic Determinants, Regional Dynamics, and Implications for the West
Margarita Mercedes Mercedes Balmaceda (Editor)
0916458946
February 2003
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Book Description
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 ushered in a period of democratization and market reform extending across the East-Central European region, with one important exception: Belarus. Ironically, Belarus's fledgling attempts at democracy produced a leader who has suspended the post-Soviet constitution and its institutions and created a personal dictatorship. Located in the center of the European continent, Belarus lies at the crossroads of an expanded NATO and the Russian "near abroad." This fact underlines the importance of Belarus to European security and to East-West relations.

To discuss developments in Belarus, an international group of scholars and policymakers gathered at Harvard University in 1999. The broad spectrum of issues covered is examined in this volume, providing an understanding of Belarus today...



The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews and Built a Village in the Forest
Peter Duffy
0066210747
July 1, 2003
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Book Description

It is one of the most remarkable dramas of World War II -- untold until now.

In 1941, three young men -- brothers, sons of a miller -- witnessed their parents and two other siblings being led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would, of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. What makes this particular story of interest is how the survivors responded. Instead of running or capitulating or giving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- did something else entirely. They fought back, waging a guerrilla war of wits and cunning against both the Nazis and the pro-Nazi sympathizers. Along the way they saved well over a thousand Jewish lives.

Using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding the Belorussian towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the...



Postcommunist Belarus
Stephen White
074253555X
March 2005
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Book Description
Belarus is one of the least-studied European states to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Nevertheless, Belarus constitutes an important and sensitive border region between Russia and the western part of the continent. In Postcommunist Belarus, a stellar group of contributors offers an important, coherent, and comparative perspective on this little-known country.


The Last Sunrise
Harold Gordon
0963258915
August 1992
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Contemporary Belarus: Between Democracy and Dictatorship
E. KOROSTELEVA, et al
0700716130
December 2002
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Book Description
bBelarus is unique among the states of the former Soviet bloc, in that after a decade of transition', the country remains stalled' and backward-oriented. Political and economic changes are characterised by half-measures, and recently a new suppression of dissent has been introduced; the country balances between the prospect of democracy and a retreat to authoritarianism. These developments contrast starkly with the many democratic changes in neighbouring states and suggest a possible alternative path for future development in Eastern Europe. This book provides a thorough overview of current developments in Belarus. It looks at historical, political, economic and social changes, and at international relations, especially relations with Russia and the European Union, considering all these factors both in their domestic...


Belarus: Prices, Markets, and Enterprise Reform
World Bank Staff
0821339761
July 1997
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