Category Archives: Russia/Soviet

WWI & Russia’s Religious Intelligentsia

A review of Providential Empire: Russia’s Religious Intelligentsia and the First World War, by Christopher A. Stroop. In this impressive and well-written dissertation Christopher Stroop…

Russian Social Media Networks

A review of The Map and The Territory: Russian Social Media Networks and Society by Karina Alexanyan. Karina Alexanyan’s 2013 dissertation, The Map and The…

Mortality Crisis in Post-Soviet Russia

A review of Death and Freedom in Post-Soviet Russia: An Ethnography of a Mortality Crisis, by Michelle Parsons. Michelle Parsons’ dissertation takes an ethnographic approach…

Self-Immolation in Soviet Lithuania

A review of A Death Transformed: The Political and Social Consequences of Romas Kalanta’s Self Immolation, Soviet Lithuania, 1972, by Amanda Jeanne Swain.  Why did…

Finnish-Russian Relations 1880s-1920s

A review of Shared Space, Varied Lives: Finnish-Russian Interactions in Dacha Country, 1880s-1920s, by Kitty Lam. It may surprise many visitors to Helsinki today that…

Socialist Realist Science in the Soviet Union

A review of Socialist Realist Science: Constructing Knowledge about Rural Life in the Soviet Union, 1943-1958, by Maya Haber. Neglected for years before the Second…

Soviet Childhood in the Age of Revolution

A review of Empire’s Children: Soviet Childhood in the Age of Revolution, by Loraine de la Fe. Loraine de la Fe’s dissertation is an impressive…

Russian-Argentine Literary Exchanges

A review of Russian-Argentine Literary Exchanges, by Dina Odnopozova. Dina Odnopozova’s dissertation skillfully traces the history of the literary dialogue between Russia and Argentina in…

Poet-Translators in the Soviet & Post-Soviet Eras

A review of A Remedy For Solitude: Russian Poet-Translators in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Eras, by Maria Yevgenievna Khotimsky. Maria Khotimsky’s dissertation makes an invaluable…