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The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania
The Land of Weddings and Rain: Nation and Modernity in Post-Socialist Lithuania
By Gediminas Lankauskas

Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, The Land of Weddings and Rain examines the components of the contemporary urban wedding in post-socialist Lithuania.

Published Jan 2015
Breaking the Tongue: Language, Education, and Power in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-1934
Breaking the Tongue: Language, Education, and Power in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-1934
By Matthew D. Pauly

Breaking the Tongue examines the implementation of the Ukrainization of schools and children’s organizations in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Published Dec 2014
Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia
Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia
By Christian Axboe Nielsen

Christian Axboe Nielsen uses extensive archival research to explain the failure of King Aleksandar’s dictatorship’s program of forced nationalization in the interwar era.

Published Oct 2014
States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic
States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic
By Yanni Kotsonis

States of Obligation is the first sustained study of the Russian taxation system, the first to study its European and transatlantic context, and the first to expose the essential continuities between the fiscal practices of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

Published Sep 2014
Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past
Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past
By Serhii Plokhy

This book makes important assertions not only about the conflicts and negotiations inherent to opposing historiographic traditions, but about ways of overcoming the limitations imposed by those traditions.

Published Aug 2014
This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars
This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars
By Paul Robert Magocsi

An authoritative introduction to the Crimean peninsula, This Blessed Land is the first book in English to trace the vast history of Crimea from pre-historic times to the present.

Published Jul 2014
Path of Thorns: Soviet Mennonite Life under Communist and Nazi Rule
Path of Thorns: Soviet Mennonite Life under Communist and Nazi Rule
By Jacob A. Neufeld
Edited, with an Introduction and Analysis, by Harvey L. Dyck
Translated from the German by Harvey L. Dyck and Sarah Dyck

Paths of Thorns is the story of Jacob Abramovich Neufeld (1895–1960), a prominent Soviet Mennonite leader and writer, as well as one of these Mennonites sent to the Gulag.

Published Jan 2014
Open Letters: Russian Popular Culture and the Picture Postcard 1880-1922
Open Letters: Russian Popular Culture and the Picture Postcard 1880-1922
By Alison Rowley

In Open Letters, the most comprehensive study of Russian picture postcards to date, Alison Rowley uses this medium to explore a variety of aspects of Russian popular culture.

Published Oct 2013
New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union
New Soviet Gypsies: Nationality, Performance, and Selfhood in the Early Soviet Union
By Brigid O'Keeffe

New Soviet Gypsies provides a unique history of Roma, an overwhelmingly understudied and misunderstood diasporic people, by focusing on their social and political lives in the early Soviet Union.

Published Aug 2013
The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s
The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s
Edited by Denis Kozlov and Eleonory Gilburd

Featuring innovative research by historical, literary, and film scholars from across the world, this book helps to answer fundamental questions about the nature and ultimate fortune of the Soviet order – both in its internal dynamics and in its long-term and global perspectives.

Published Aug 2013