Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War

By Stephen F. Cohen

In this wide-ranging and acclaimed ebook, Stephen F. Cohen demanding situations traditional knowledge concerning the process Soviet and post-Soviet historical past. Reexamining leaders from Nikolai Bukharin, Stalin's preeminent opponent, and Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev and his rival Yegor Ligachev, Cohen indicates that their defeated rules have been doable choices and that their tragic own fates formed the Soviet Union and Russia this present day. Cohen's ramifying arguments contain that Stalinism was once now not the predetermined final result of the Communist Revolution; that the Soviet Union was once reformable and its breakup avoidable; and that the chance for a true post-Cold battle courting with Russia was once squandered in Washington, no longer in Moscow. this can be revisionist heritage at its top, compelling readers to reconsider fateful occasions of the 20 th and early twenty-first centuries and the chances ahead.

In his new epilogue, Cohen expands his research of U.S. coverage towards post-Soviet Russia, tracing its improvement within the Clinton and Obama administrations and pointing to its initiation of a "new chilly warfare" that, he implies, has resulted in a fateful disagreement over Ukraine.

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Clouds above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 2

Clouds above the Hill is one of many best-selling novels ever in Japan, and is now translated into English for the 1st time. An epic portrait of Japan in difficulty, it combines photo army background and hugely readable fiction to depict an aspiring kingdom modernizing at breakneck pace. Best-selling writer Shiba Ryōtarō committed a complete decade of his lifestyles to this remarkable blockbuster, which beneficial properties Japan's rising onto the area level via the early years of the twentieth century.

In quantity II, Meiji Japan is on a collision direction with Russia, as Russian troops stationed in Manchuria forget about repeated calls to withdraw. Admiral Tōgō leads a blockade and next skirmish on the strategically important and seriously fortified Port Arthur, when Yoshifuru’s cavalry in Manchuria maneuvers for place because it ways the Russian military traces. the 2 armies conflict on the conflict of Liaoyang, the place Japan seals a victory which shocks the area.

Anyone curious as to how the "tiny, emerging country of Japan" used to be capable of struggle so fiercely for its survival should still glance no extra. Clouds above the Hill is an exhilarating, human portrait of a modernizing state that is going to struggle and thereby stakes its very life on a determined bid for glory in East Asia.

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The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown

By Yuri Felshtinsky

The KGB performs Chess is a distinct e-book. For the 1st time it opens to us probably the most mystery pages of the background of chess. The battles approximately which you may learn during this publication will not be among chess masters sitting on the chess board, yet among the robust Soviet mystery police, often called the KGB, at the one hand, and several other courageous members, at the different. Their names are well-known within the chess global: Viktor Kortschnoi, Boris Spasski, Boris Gulko and Garry Kasparov grew to become matters of continuing strain, blackmail and persecution within the USSR. Their victories on the chess board have been accomplished regardless of this victimization. not like a few books, this tale has views. The sufferer and the persecutor, the hunted and the hunter, all describe of their personal phrases the exact same occasions. One part is represented by means of the recognized Russian chess gamers Viktor Kortschnoi and Boris Gulko. for a few years they fought opposed to a robust approach, and on the finish they have been positive. The Soviet Union collapsed they usually received what they have been scuffling with for: their freedom. Former KGB Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Popov, who left Russia in 1996 and now lives in Canada, was once a type of who had labored all his existence for the KGB and used to be chargeable for the game region of the USSR. it is just now for the 1st time that he has made up our minds to inform the reader his tale of the KGB's involvement in Soviet activities. this is often his first publication, and it isn't basically filled with sensations, however it additionally dares to call names of mystery KGB brokers formerly recognized basically as recognized chess masters, sportsmen or activity officers. quite a few brief years in the past a ebook like this could were incredible. learn this ebook. it's not simply approximately chess. it truly is approximately excellent victory of the good chess masters over the forces of darkness.

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The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

By Robert K. Massie

In July 1991, 9 skeletons have been exhumed from a shallow mass grave close to Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a number of miles from the notorious cellar room the place the final tsar and his relations have been murdered seventy-three years earlier than. yet have been those the bones of the Romanovs? And if those have been their continues to be, the place have been the bones of the 2 more youthful Romanovs supposedly murdered with the remainder of the kin? used to be Anna Anderson, celebrated for greater than sixty years in newspapers, books, and picture, rather Grand Duchess Anastasia? The Romanovs offers the solutions, describing in suspenseful aspect the dramatic efforts to find the reality. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert ok. Massie provides a colourful landscape of up to date characters, illuminating the most important medical dispute among Russian specialists and a group of american citizens, whose findings, besides these of DNA scientists from Russia, the United States, and nice Britain, all contributed to fixing one of many nice mysteries of the 20th century.

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, Volume 3: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, an unlimited canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and mystery police, of informers and spies and interrogators and in addition of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world on the middle of the Soviet Union the place the major to survival lay now not in wish yet in melancholy. The paintings is predicated at the testimony of a few 200 survivors, and at the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's personal 11 years in labour camps and exile. it's either a completely researched record and a feat of literary and inventive power.

Volume three of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's relocating account of resistance in the Soviet exertions camps and his personal free up after 8 years

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Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis

By Ariel Cohen

The fall of the Soviet Union was once some of the most dramatic occasions of this century. It was once additionally some of the most superb. proof of the USSR's forthcoming fall used to be abundantly to be had either in concept within the writings on empires and at the flooring. but, ahead of its downfall, the very career that really good within the research of the Soviet Union held no consensus that the USSR was an empire firstly. probably simply because many Sovietologists overlooked its prestige as an empire, so much american citizens have been taken thoroughly all at once whilst the USSR started its precipitous cave in below Mikhail Gorbachev.

This ebook topics the Soviet Union as an empire to systematic scrutiny, utilizing instruments and techniques on the disposal of recent political technology. international coverage experts, safety specialists, and Russian zone analysts will locate this publication crucial. The publication can also be advised for undergraduate and graduate classes in Russian and Soviet background and the examine of empires.

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A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

By Ekaterina Pravilova

"Property rights" and "Russia" don't frequently belong within the related sentence. particularly, our normal snapshot of the kingdom is of lack of confidence of non-public possession and defenselessness within the face of the country. Many students have attributed Russia's long term improvement difficulties to a failure to enhance estate rights for the fashionable age and blamed Russian intellectuals for his or her indifference to the problems of possession. A Public Empire refutes this commonly shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the nice via international conflict I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire exhibits the emergence of the hot practices of possessing "public issues" in imperial Russia and the makes an attempt of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the safety of estate with the beliefs of the typical strong.

The ebook analyzes how the idea that convinced objects--rivers, forests, minerals, historic monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics--should accede to a couple type of public prestige constructed in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. expert specialists and liberal politicians endorsed for a estate reform that geared toward exempting public issues from deepest possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial executive hired the rhetoric of defending the sanctity of non-public estate and resisted makes an attempt at its predicament.

Exploring the Russian methods of pondering estate, A Public Empire appears at difficulties of kingdom reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the e-book argues, could be rethought as a technique of developing "the public" throughout the reform of estate rights.

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The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

By Steven Lee Myers

“A riveting, immensely specific biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, nearly Shakespearian model why he acts the best way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan
The New Tsar is the booklet to learn which will know the way Vladimir Putin sees the realm and why he has develop into one of many gravest threats to American security.

The epic story of the increase to energy of Russia's present president—the merely entire biography in English – that absolutely captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to develop into probably the most consequential and intricate leaders in smooth background, through the previous New York Times Moscow bureau chief.

In a gripping narrative of Putin’s upward thrust to strength as Russia’s president, Steven Lee Myers recounts Putin’s origins—from his formative years of abject poverty in Leningrad, to his ascension throughout the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule. alongside the best way, international occasions time-honored to readers, resembling September eleventh and Russia’s warfare in Georgia in 2008, in addition to the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the continuing clash in Ukraine, are provided from never-before-seen perspectives. 

This e-book is a grand, astounding success and a wide ranging examine one man’s rule. On one hand, Putin’s many reforms—from tax cuts to a spread of estate rights—have helped reshape the possibility of thousands of Russians whose in basic terms adventure of democracy have been crime, poverty, and instability after the autumn of the Soviet Union. nonetheless, Putin has ushered in a brand new authoritarianism, unyielding in his brutal repression of revolts and squashing of dissent. nonetheless, he keeps common aid from the Russian public.

The New Tsar
is a story travel de strength, deeply researched, and totally useful for an individual eager about the ambitious and impressive Vladimir Putin, but in addition for these attracted to the realm and what a newly assertive Russia could suggest for the future. 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape

After the autumn of communism, Russia used to be in a nation of outrage. The unexpected and dramatic swap left many folks adrift and uncertain—but additionally filled with a tentative yet tenacious desire. Returning repeatedly to the provincial hinterlands of this speedily evolving nation from 1992 to 2008, Susan Richards struck up a few outstanding friendships with humans in the course of this old drama. Anna, a questing journalist, struggles to specific her passionate spirituality in the principles of the hot society. Natasha, a stressed spirit, has relocated from Siberia in a bid to flee the calls for of her upper-class kin and her personal mysterious demons. Tatiana and Misha, whose company empire has blossomed from the ashes of the Soviet Union, appear, regardless of their luxurious, uneasy during this new global. Richards watches them develop and alter, their fortunes upward push and fall, their hopes leap and crash.
   Through their tales and her personal reviews, Susan Richards demonstrates how in Russia, the earlier and the current can't be separated. She meets scientists confident of the lifestyles of UFOs and mind-control battle. She visits a cult according to operating the land and a tiny civilization based at the practices of conventional Russian Orthodoxy. Gangsters, dreamers, artists, healers, all are thinking about of their personal methods, “Who are we now if we’re now not communist? What does it suggest to be Russian?” This outstanding background of up to date Russia holds a reflect as much as a forgotten humans. Lost and located in Russia is a paranormal and unforgettable portrait of a society in transition.

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Russia at the Barricades: Eyewitness Accounts of the August 1991 Coup

By Gregory Freidin

What does the Congress do? How does it do it? Is the Congress as much as the demanding situations forward? This primer bargains scholars an advent to Congress and the function it performs within the US political method. It explores the various political natures of the home and Senate, and examines Congress's interplay with different branches of the government.

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