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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
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
Shakespeare in the World of Communism and Socialism
Shakespeare in the World of Communism and Socialism
By Irena Makaryk and Joseph G. Price

The general theme that emerges from this study is the deeply ambivalent nature of communist Shakespeare who, like Feste's 'chev'ril glove,' often simultaneously served and subverted the official ideology.

Published Jun 2013
Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power
Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power
By Heather D. DeHaan

By examining how planners and other urban inhabitants experienced, lived, and struggled with socialism and Stalinism, DeHaan offers readers a much broader, more complex picture of planning and planners than has been revealed to date.

Published May 2013
To Walk with the Devil: Slovene Collaboration and Axis Occupation, 1941-1945
To Walk with the Devil: Slovene Collaboration and Axis Occupation, 1941-1945
By Gregor Joseph Kranjc

Examining archival material and post-war scholarly and popular literature, Kranjc describes the often sharp divide between Communist-era interpretations of collaboration and those of their émigré anti-Communist opponents.

Published Feb 2013
A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880
A Mennonite in Russia: The Diaries of Jacob D. Epp, 1851-1880
Translated and edited by Harvey L. Dyck

Epp’s writings reveal a skilled and honest diarist of deep feelings, and tell a human story that no conventional historical account could hope to equal.

Published Feb 2013