Category Archives: Russia/Soviet

Muslims & Modernity in Imperial Russia

A review of Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Inroads of Modernity, by Mustafa Tuna. Before 1917, Muslim intellectuals in Russia’s Volga-Ural region (today’s Tatarstan and Bashkortostan) sought…

Psychiatry in Stalin’s Soviet Union

A review of Scientific Psychiatry in Stalin’s Soviet Union: The Politics of Modern Medicine and the Struggle to Define ‘Pavlovian’ Psychiatry, 1939-1953, by Benjamin Zajicek….

The Gulag After Stalin

A review of Khrushchev’s Gulag: The Evolution of Punishment in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union, 1953-1964, by Jeffrey S. Hardy. There can be no doubt that…

The Saga of Russian Siberia

A review of Enlightening the Land of Midnight: Peter Slovtsov, Ivan Kalashnikov, and the Saga of Russian Siberia, by Mark A. Soderstrom. Mark Soderstrom offers…

Central Historical Archive of Moscow

A review of Central Historical Archive of Moscow (Tsentral’nyi Istoricheskii Arkhiv Moskvy, TsIAM / Центральный исторический архив Москвы, ЦИАМ), Moscow, Russia. TsIAM first attracted my…

Famine in Soviet Kazakhstan

A review of The Hungry Steppe: Soviet Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Famine 1921-1934, by Sarah Isabel Cameron. Is Kazakhstan a post-colonial state? How do we…

Russian State Historical Archive, St Petersburg

A review of the Russian State Historical Archive (Российский Государственный Исторический Архив), St Petersburg, Russia. The Russian State Historical Archive or RGIA (Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Istoricheskii…