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Historians are in general agreement that the Russian war effort to defeat the invading Axis powers was the decisive factor for securing an Allied victory and ending World War II. Now with exclusive access to previously unavailable information from the former KGB,…

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The bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, Stalingrad was perhaps the single most important engagement of World War II. A major loss for the Axis powers, the battle for Stalingrad signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler. During…

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The story of the siege by the acclaimed author of Hitler's War In 199 Days, acclaimed historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts the epic battle for Stalingrad in all its electrifying excitement and savage horror. More than the bloodiest skirmish in history-a momentous…

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Terror, in the sense of mass, unjust arrests, characterized the USSR during the late 1930s. But, argues Robert Thurston in this controversial book, Stalin did not intend to terrorize the country and did not need to rule by fear. Memoirs and interviews with Soviet…

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"... a marvelous source for the social history of Russian peasant society in the years before the revolution.... The translation is superb." -Steven Hoch "... one of the best ethnographic portraits that we have of the Russian village.... a highly readable text…

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"... an imaginative and dispassionate re-examination of the significance of the Mongol Conquest and its aftermath for Russia's historical development." -Slavic Review "On all counts Russia and the Golden Horde infuses the subject with fresh insights and…

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Russians have often been characterized as people with souls rather than selves. Self and Story in Russian History challenges the portrayal of the Russian character as selfless, self-effacing, or self-torturing by exploring the texts through which Russians have…

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"A pioneering effort to trace the evolution of military power and military strategy of tsarist Russia during the rule of the Romanov dynasty".--Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Harvard University.

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Of all Soviet cultural myths, none was more resilient than the belief that the USSR had the world's greatest readers. This book explains how the "Russian reading myth" took hold in the 1920s and 1930s, how it was supported by a monopolistic and homogenizing…

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Here is a pioneering account of everyday life under Stalin, written by a leading authority on modern Russian history. Focusing on the urban population, Fitzpatrick depicts a world of privation, overcrowding, endless lines, and broken homes, in which the regime's…

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Mark Sandle is Lecturer in Russian and East European History at De Montfort University.; This book is intended for undergraduate courses on 20th century Soviet history/the Cold War/European history/Soviet studies/History of political thought/Marxism-Leninism. The…

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Life Has Become More Joyous, Comrades Celebrations in the Time of Stalin Karen Petrone A lively investigation of the official and unofficial meanings of Stalinist celebrations. "An impressive and highly readable book that... casts a clear and disturbing light on…