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Radical Reform in Soviet Defence Policy
Roy Allison
0312075456
Jan 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book analyzes the determinants and scope of Soviet defense reform under Gorbachev from political, military, and economic perspectives.


Rulers and Victims: The Russians of the Soviet Union
Geoffrey Hosking
0674021789
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
For much of the U.S.S.R.'s existence, there was no such thing as a Russian, reveals Hosking in his follow-up to 1997's Russia: People and Empire, 1552–1917. That particular ethnic identity was banned by the Communist authorities. Instead, all those inhabiting the czars' ancient territories were designated "Soviets" by their new ideological overlords. The name change did nothing to temper the impression of foreigners and the Soviet Union's many other unwilling nationalities that the U.S.S.R. was Russia, a violent imperial entity run by and for Russians. Indeed, Russians believed themselves to be "helpful comrades" who had a right to spread the Gospel of Marx—in a form adapted to accommodate "Russian myths and symbols dating right back to the sixteenth century." But Hosking also argues that there is an...


Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook: With Two-Way Dictionary (Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook)
Eugenia Mocnay
1864501847
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Live the cultural life in the Czech Republic – immerse yourself in a Dvorák symphony or chill out at a Prague jazz club. With the special section on architecture you’ll know your Gotika from you Rokoko. Or if that's not your scene, get out of town, stay in a chalupa and hike in the mountains or swim in a jezero. And in the evenings, chat soccer with the locals over a piva. Nazdravi! clear pronunciation guide and transliterations throughout to make sure you’ll be understood packed with phrases for shopping, eating and drinking confidently roam around the Czech Republic with essential travel talk camping, hiking and cycling sections to get you outdoors and into the action special section on architectural styles extensive two-way dictionary


The Russian Roots of Nazism : White ¿migr¿s and the Making of National Socialism, 1917-1945 (New Studies in European History)
Michael Kellogg
0521845122
March 7, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'Michael Kellogg's The Russian Roots of Nazism is a major contribution to the research on the origins of Nazism. In a domain where so much has been published and discussed, Kellogg's work succeeds in introducing a dimension never so thoroughly explored: the essential impact on early Nazi world-view of ideological elements and political themes, carried over to Germany by White-Russian emigres.' Professor Saul Friedlander, 1939 Club Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Maxwell Cummings Chair of European History at Tel Aviv University

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"Michael Kellogg's The Russian Roots of Nazism is a major contribution to the research on the origins of Nazism. In a domain where so much has been published and discussed, Kellogg's work succeeds in introducing...


Soviet Military Reform in the Twentieth Century
Raymond J. Swider
031328525X
Nov 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This concise history of the major military reforms in the Soviet Union in the twentieth century fills an essential gap in scholarly studies on the subject and provides a model for analyzing past and future doctrine, force structure and technology, and command and control tactics. This study should be a kind of benchmark for measuring and identifying reforms in the 1920s, 1950s and 1960s, and for assessing similarities between past and current dilemmas. The case studies are made against a backdrop of external and internal politics and economics.

About the Author
RAYMOND J. SWIDER, Jr., is currently an International Technical Officer with the Federal Aviation Administration and formerly was Foreign Liaison Officer at the Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force and Research Fellow,...


The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
0060007761
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description

Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression -- the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.

Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims -- men, women, and children -- we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the "welcome" that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a...



Materials for a Balance of the Soviet Economy, 1928-1930
S. G. Wheatcroft
0521020166
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This book contains a full translation of a major but little-known Soviet work on Soviet national income accounts for a crucial stage in the social and economic transformation of the Soviet economy from 1928 to 1930. These were years of mass collectivisation and the launching of the Soviet industrialisation drive. The USSR was perhaps unique in having a well-developed statistical service able to record the detailed changes in economic relationships that were taking place at this time. The translation is accompanied by three introductory articles which explain the structure and contents of these materials, what new light these materials throw on the development of the Soviet economy in this period and describe the significance of these materials for the history of Soviet statistics and planning. Amongst other questions...


The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture (Cambridge Companions to Culture)
Nicholas Rzhevsky (Editor)
0521477999
February 25, 1999
Paperback
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Review
"The Companion is a useful tool... It provides neat introductions to the familiar faces and movements in Russian artistic history..." Susan Costanzo, H-Net Reviews

"...these wide-ranging and stimulating essays synthesize modern scholarship, provide useful material for the specialist, and serve as a helpful reference work for the reader already familiar with modern Russian culture." Robert C. Williams, Slavic Review

"[The book] will be utterly useful and enjoyable for students and individuals with advanced knowledge of Russia as well as for Slavic scholars." Victoria Richter, Slavic and East European Journal

Book Description
This volume offers an introduction to Russian culture in all its rich diversity, including the historical conditions that helped shape it and the arts...



English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary
Kenneth Katzner
0471017078
January 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on American rather than British English, this is among the first Russian dictionaries revised for the post-Soviet era. Includes new political terminology, new Russian institutions, new countries and republics and new city names. Contains 26,000 entries in the English-Russian section and 40,000 words in the Russian-English section. Irregularities in Russian declensions and conjugations appear at the beginning of each entry.

Language Notes
Text: English, Russian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Imperial Russia's Jewish Question, 1855-1881
John Doyle Klier
0521023815
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The reform era in Russia (1855 1881) witnessed the emancipation of the serfs, economic and social change, the reform of all imperial institutions, and the growth of national identity among Russians and the Empire's expanding Jewish population. Consequently, the 'Jewish Question' became one of most hotly debated topics in Russia. Attitudes toward the Jews which evolved during this period persisted up to the Revolution and beyond. This book, based on exhaustive archival research of materials published during the period, studies the interplay of public opinion and official policy. The author examines the attitudes of all sectors of Russian educated society towards the Jews. He also explores how a new group, the Russian Jewish intelligentsia, sought to define a modern Jewish identity in the midst of a multi-ethnic...


Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War through the Dawn of a New Century
James Bamford
0385499086
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Everybody knows about the CIA--the cloak-and-dagger branch of the U.S. government. Many fewer are familiar with the National Security Agency, even though it has been more important to American espionage in recent years than its better-known counterpart. The NSA is responsible for much of the intelligence gathering done via technology such as satellites and the Internet. Its home office in Maryland "contains what is probably the largest body of secrets ever created."

Little was known about the agency's confidential culture until veteran journalist James Bamford blew the lid off in 1982 with his bestseller The Puzzle Palace. Still, much remained in the shadows. In Body of Secrets, Bamford throws much more light on his subject--and he reveals loads of shocking information. The story of the U-2 crisis in 1960 is well known,...



Review for the CLEP Social Science and History Examination
Ann Garvin, Eileen Curristine
1560301503
March 26, 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
This study guide contains all the information you need to pass the Social Science and History CLEP test. It has been updated to prepare you to do well on the new computerized version of the test as well as on the older paper based test. Comex Systems, Inc. has been the leading CLEP test preparation company for over 30 years.


The Cold War: 1945-1963 (History SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
141140422X
July 2005
Paperback
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East Germany and Detente
A. James McAdams
0521268354
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The emergence of East Germany as one of Europe's most vocal advocates of East-West détente in the 1980s represents a remarkable political transformation. Prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, East Germany had been amongst the most intransigent proponents of the Cold War, largely because of the perceived threat to the domestic authority of its own leadership. Renewed exposure has, however, prompted that leadership to regard good relations with the West as integral rather than inimical to its own pursuit of legitimacy. Of interest not only to scholars of communist politics but to all students of East-West affairs, Professor McAdams' study demonstrates both the changing historical significance of the idea of d6tente, and the way in which non-superpower states can take initially adverse circumstances and turn...


Stories From Today's Russia
Ludmilla Derevyanchenko
0844242527
January 11, 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Advanced Beginning through Intermediate Intermediate students of Russian will connect with these contemporary stories created especially for them. Written by three contemporary Russian-language authors, the tales reflect aspects of the lives of Russians today.


The History of Poland Since 1863
Roy Francis Leslie
0521275016
Feb 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is an account of the evolution of Poland from conditions of subjection to its reconstruction in 1918, development in the years between the two World Wars, and reorganisation after 1945. It begins at a time when Poland was still suffering from the legacy of the eighteenth-century Partitions and burdened with problems of sizeable ethnic minorities, inadequate agrarian reforms and sluggish industrial development sustained by foreign capital. It traces the history through to independence and then to the transformation of the country in the last thirty years. Although many of the problems of the past have now disappeared, industrialisation, the structure of peasant agriculture, and political association with the Soviet Union present the Polish People's Republic with difficulties that have yet to be resolved....


The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Donna Tussing Orwin (Editor)
0521520002
September 19, 2002
Paperback
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Review
'Indispensable for all who teach of study Tolstoy.' Rusistika
'... it must be said that these are, without exception, very good essays ... For Tolstoi specialists this book, like all good books, provides fertile ground for future research ... for the more general reader this collection of clearly written essays, based on recent research, and including some useful websites, will be welcome. if it helps to bolster the study of Tolstoi in UK Russian departments it will be doubly welcome.' Slavonic & East European Review
'... superb ... Every essay in this collection exhibits a high quality of arguement, knowledge, insight and clarity of exposition. Specialists and general readers alike will want to read them all, and in so doing will find their understanding of Tolstoi, as man, artist and public figures, greatly enriched.'...


The Jewish Century
Yuri Slezkine
0691119953
September 2004
Textbook Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The provocative argument that underlies this idiosyncratic, fascinating and at times marvelously infuriating study of the evolution of Jewish cultural and political sensibility is that the 20th century is the Jewish Age because "modernization is about everyone becoming urban, mobile, literate, articulate, intellectually intricate.... Modernization, in other words, is about everyone becoming Jewish." A professor of history at UC-Berkeley, Slezkine plays a delicate game here. Knowing that his grand statements are more metaphorical than supportable with historical fact, he maps out a new history of Jewish culture over the past 100 years in four radically diverse but cohesive chapters. In a history of Jewish group identity and function, Slezkine depicts Jews as a nomadic tribe that functions as a promoter of urban...


And the Sea Is Never Full: Memoirs, 1969-
Elie Wiesel
0641677286

Hardcover
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Height, Health and History
Roderick Floud
0521303141
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
In historical accounts of the circumstances of ordinary people's lives, nutrition has been the great unknown. Nearly impossible to measure or assess directly, it has nonetheless been held responsible for the declining mortality rates of the nineteenth century as well as being a major factor in the gap in living standards, morbidity and mortality between rich and poor. The measurement of height is a means of the direct assessment of nutritional status. This important and innovative new study uses a wealth of military and philanthropic data to establish the changing heights of Britons during the period of industrialization, and thus establishes an important new dimension to the long-standing controversy about living standards during the Industrial Revolution. Sophisticated quantitative analysis enables the authors to...


Eastern Europe in the World Economy
Laszlo Csaba
0521334268
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this original and authoritative study of international economic relations, László Csaba examines economic reforms and economic developments within Eastern Europe. He explores intra-regional cooperation and international trade, evaluating the changes within the system created by the standards and requirements of the world economy, and pays particular attention to Soviet-East European relations. The author addresses many key issues of the economic system. These include price formation in intra-CMEA trade; the impact of the settlement on transferable ruble accounts on intra-CMEA prices and finance; the consequences the CMEA's complex program of 1971 has had for trade and development and its long term target programs initiated in 1976. This analysis is supported by detailed and comprehensive references to...


From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians
Yale Richmond
1877864161
November 2002
Paperback
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DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (DANTES series)
Jack Rudman
0837366798
January 1, 2005
Plastic Comb
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Colossus Reborn: The Red Army At War, 1941-1943 (Modern War Studies)
David M. Glantz
0700613536
February 24, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In Stumbling Colossus, David Glantz explored why the Red Army was unprepared for the German blitzkrieg that nearly destroyed it and left more than four million of its soldiers dead by the end of 1941. In Colossus Reborn he recounts the miraculous resurrection of the Red Army, which, with a dazzling display of military strategy and operational prowess, stopped the Wehrmacht in its tracks and turned the tide of war. A major achievement in the recovery and preservation of an entire nation's military experience, Colossus Reborn is marked by Glantz's unrivaled access to and use of Soviet archival sources. This allows him to illuminate not only Russian victories in the Battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, but also to rescue a host of major "forgotten battles," many of which had been suppressed to preserve reputations...


Wa and the Wala
Ivor Wilks
0521362105
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"In this generation no scholar has surpassed Ivor Wilks's contribution to Ghanaian history. This study of Wa, a small yet complex polity, complements his earlier analyses of Asante, Gonja, and the larger field of Islamic historiography in West Africa." Choice

Book Description
In the late seventeenth century Wala emerged as a small state in what is now northwestern Ghana. Ivor Wilks traces the history of Wala from its beginnings to the present, paying particular attention to the complex relations between the Muslim and non-Muslim elements in the population. He also examines the impact of Zabrima, Samorian, British, and French intrusions into Wala affairs. By the use of orally transmitted traditions and recensions of these in both Arabic and Hausa, he is able to show how the Wala...


The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost (Modern War Studies Series)
Russian General Staff
070061186X
March 2002
Textbook Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is the third volume in a trilogy on the operational aspects of the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-1988. The first two dealt respectively with Soviet and mujahideen tactics. This one is the perspective of the Russian General Staff. It follows the Soviet tradition of recording the events and experiences of previous wars not from a historical perspective, but in a "lessons learned" context, to help improve future performance. The work lacks the shaping, ideologically based overview of its predecessors. It is, rather, a compilation of information from a broad spectrum of sources synthesized by a group of authors who mostly have been through the fighting, and the book is destined for think tank and military academic libraries. Its text, admirably translated and edited, will be nearly impossible for lay people to stay...


The Soviet Study of International Relations
Allen Lynch
0521367638
July 1989
Paperback
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Review
'This book comes just at the right moment ... [It] is important firstly for the account it provides of changes in methodologies and assumptions, and secondly for its survey of related changes in Soviet views of the world over the last twenty years ... This book stands out from previous treatments of the subject by virtue of its author's talent for distinguishing the essential from the inessential in the sometimes cryptic Soviet literature. It deserves a wide readership.' Neil Malcolm, Soviet Studies

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"Since the time of Khrushchev Soviet scholars have begun to write on the nature and system of international relations in new ways, paying heed to the realities of world politics and even to some of the writings current in the West, and adding new dimensions to the standard Leninist...


Managing Conflict in the Former Soviet Union: Russian and American Perspectives (BCSIA Studies in International Security)
Alexei Arbatov (Editor), et al
0262510936
October 24, 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, numerous ethnic and internal conflicts have emerged within and between the former Soviet republics. Vicious fighting has flared up in Georgia, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Moldova, and other areas, and tensions remain high in many of the newly independent states. Their causes are often misunderstood, and U.S. policymakers have paid little attention to their resolution.

This collaborative effort by Russian and American scholars documents Russian policy toward ethno-national conflict in its "near-abroad", American policy toward these conflicts, and the attempts of international organizations to prevent and resolve them. Case studies consider the causes, dynamics, and prospects of conflicts in Latvia, the Crimea, the Trans-dneistr region of Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan,...


Art Nouveau Style Book of Alphonse Mucha
Alphonse Marie Mucha
0486240444
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Rare copyright-free design portfolio by high priest of Art Nouveau. Jewelry, wallpaper, stained glass, furniture; figure studies; plant and animal motifs, etc. Only complete one-volume edition.

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