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The Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble, once again the great nation--a perfect scenario, but for one point: Russia was never a nation. And this, says the eminent historian Geoffrey Hosking, is at the heart of the Russians' dilemma today, as…

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For over five hundred years the Russians wondered what kind of people their Arctic and sub-Arctic subjects were. "They have mouths between their shoulders and eyes in their chests," reported a fifteenth-century tale. "They rove around, live of their own free…

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An enlightening account of a notorious period in nineteenth-century imperialism, when an effort by the Chinese government to stamp out the country's profitable opium trade resulted in a series of conflicts known as the Opium Wars. Index; illustrations and map.

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This collection of recent articles from the Soviet press provides a unique window on Gorbachev's USSR and a clear picture of the passionate struggle between reform advocates and their conservative opponents.

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Soulful, theatrical, intense: Russian talk is notably full of existential musing and dark passion. However, despite the widespread appreciation of Russian talk, no one has analyzed it as a form of cultural performance. As one of the first Western ethnographers to…

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"... the best study in English to date for an understanding of Georgian nationalism." -Religious Studies Review "... the standard account of Georgian history in English." -American Historical Review "... tour de force research... fascinating reading." -American…

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For many Americans during the Vietnam era, the war on the home front seemed nearly as wrenching and hardfought as the one in Southeast Asia. Its primary battlefield was the news media, its primary casualty the truth. But as William Hammond reveals, animosity…

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"... the ultimate insider's account of the war from the South Vietnamese side, including the appalling story of how the American intervention actually happened." -Washington Post "This book gives Americans a rare opportunity-the chance to see the Vietnam…

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Documents the fight of the communist opposition from 1923 to 1929 against the reactionary political and economic policies of the rising bureaucratic caste in the Soviet Union. 1st of 3 vols.

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When Lenin asked, "Who will beat whom?" (Kto kogo?), he had no plan to wage revolutionary class war in culture. Many young Communists thought differently, however. Seeking in the name of the proletariat to wrest "cultural hegemony" from the intelligentsia, they…