Category Archives: Russia/Soviet

Environmental Change in the Soviet Union

A review of Making Nature Modern: Economic Transformation and the Environment in the Soviet North, by Andy Bruno. Did the Soviet Union perpetrate ecocide to…

Addiction & Drug Use in Soviet Tajikistan

A review of The Administration of Addiction: The Politics of Medicine and Opiate Use in Soviet Tajikistan, 1924-1958, by Alisher Latypov. Alisher Latypov’s dissertation breaks…

Russo-Iranian Encounter: Empire & Statehood

A review of Empire and Statehood in the Russo-Iranian Encounter, 1880s-1911, by Moritz Deutschmann. This smart, well-researched dissertation, part of a remarkable surge in interest…

Soviet Rule & Famine in Kazakhstan

A review of Die Nomaden und der Hunger: Sesshaftmachung und Herrschaftsdurchsetzung in Kasachstan, 1920-1945 (The Nomads and the Famine: Sedentarization and Assertion of Soviet Rule…

Cold War Journalism

Cold War Journalism, Soviet & US

A review of Notes from the Rotten West, Reports from the Backward East: Soviet and American Foreign Correspondents in the Cold War, 1945–1985, by Dina…

Kyrgyzstan, Russia & US in Central Asia

A review of The Base of Contention: Kyrgyzstan, Russia and the U.S. in Central Asia (2001-2010), by Alisher Khamidov. Alisher Khamidov’s The Base of Contention…

Soviet Union as “Empire of Friends”

A review of Friendship of the Peoples: Soviet-Czechoslovak Cultural and Social Contacts from the Battle for Prague to the Prague Spring, 1945-1969, by Rachel Leah…

Soviet Orientalism & Politics in Central Asia

A review of Settling the Past: Soviet Oriental Projects in Leningrad and Alma-Ata, by Alfrid Bustanov. Researchers in the Caucasian and Central Asian republics of…