Peter the Great: His Life and World

By Robert K. Massie

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Against the huge canvas of 17th- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the brilliant tale of Peter the nice, topped co-tsar on the age of ten. Robert ok. Massie delves deep into the lifetime of this alluring old determine, chronicling the pivotal occasions that formed a boy right into a legend—including his “incognito” travels in Europe, his unquenchable interest approximately Western methods, his obsession with the ocean and institution of the stupendous Russian military, his production of an unbeatable military, his transformation of Russia, and his relationships with these he enjoyed such a lot: Catherine, the strong but light peasant, his loving mistress, spouse, and successor; and Menshikov, the fascinating, daring, unscrupulous prince who rose to wealth and gear via Peter’s friendship. Impetuous and obdurate, beneficiant and vicious, soft and unforgiving, a guy of huge power and complexity, Peter the good is introduced totally to lifestyles.

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Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

By Joseph Frank

In this booklet, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores one of the most very important points of 19th and 20th century Russian tradition, literature, and heritage. Delving into the differences of the Russian novel in addition to the conflicts among the non secular peasant international and the proficient Russian elite, Between faith and Rationality screens the cogent reflections of 1 of the main unusual and flexible critics within the field.

Frank's essays offer a discriminating examine 4 of Dostoevsky's most renowned novels, talk about the talk among J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa at the factor of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. the gathering additionally examines such themes as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the historical past of Russian tradition, the lifetime of Pushkin, and Oblomov's impact on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent spiritual subject matter that runs all through Russian tradition, even within the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no different significant eu literature used to be as a lot preoccupied because the Russian with the tensions among faith and rationality. Between faith and Rationality highlights this certain caliber of Russian literature and tradition, supplying insights for normal readers and specialists alike.

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Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

By Christopher Read

From a hugely unusual writer at the topic, this biography is a superb scholarly advent to at least one of the main figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. not just does it utilize archive fabric made newly on hand within the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines conventional assets in addition, supplying an unique interpretation of Lenin's lifestyles and ancient value.

Focal issues of this learn are:

  • Lenin's progressive ascetic personality
  • how he exploited tradition, schooling and propaganda
  • his courting to Marxism
  • his altering classification research of Russia
  • his 'populist' instincts.

A favourite determine on the vanguard of debates at the Russina revolution, learn makes convinced that Lenin continues to be in his position as a hugely influential and demanding determine of the new past.

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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, an unlimited canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and mystery police, of informers and spies and interrogators and likewise of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world on the center of the Soviet Union the place the major to survival lay now not in wish yet in melancholy. The paintings relies at the testimony of a few 200 survivors, and at the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's personal 11 years in labour camps and exile. it truly is either a completely researched rfile and a feat of literary and ingenious power.

Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling record of his arrest and interrogation, which uncovered to the area the immense paperwork of mystery police that haunted Soviet society

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Modern Russian Grammar: A Practical Guide (Modern Grammars)

Modern Russian Grammar: a realistic Guide is an leading edge reference consultant to Russian, combining conventional and function-based grammar in one volume.

The Grammar is split into elements. half A covers conventional grammatical different types equivalent to contract, nouns, verbs and adjectives. half B is thoroughly equipped round language capabilities protecting all significant verbal exchange situations. 

With a powerful emphasis on modern utilization, all grammar issues and services are richly illustrated with examples. major good points of the Grammar include:

  • clear causes
  • emphasis on components of specific hassle for beginners of Russian, equivalent to numerals and verbs of motion
  • extensive cross-referencing among the various sections.

This is the correct reference grammar for newcomers of Russian in any respect degrees, from newbie to complicated. No past wisdom of grammatical terminology is thought and a thesaurus of grammatical phrases is provided.

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Tolstoy: A Russian Life

By Rosamund Bartlett

“Magisterial sweep and scale.”—The Independent (UK)

In November 1910, count number Lev Tolstoy died at a distant Russian railway station. on the time of his loss of life, he used to be the main well-known guy in Russia, with a starting to be foreign following, and extra respected than the tsar. Born into an aristocratic relations, Tolstoy had spent his lifestyles rebelling opposed to not just traditional principles approximately literature and paintings but in addition conventional schooling, kinfolk existence, equipped faith, and the kingdom.

In this, the 1st biography of Tolstoy in additional than two decades, Rosamund Bartlett attracts commonly on key Russian assets, together with a lot interesting fabric made on hand because the cave in of the Soviet Union. She sheds mild on Tolstoy’s striking trip from callow early life to author to prophet; discusses his stricken dating together with his spouse, Sonya; and vividly conjures up the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so enjoyed and the turbulent instances within which he lived. specifically, Bartett offers us an eloquent portrait of the bright, maddening, and opposite guy who has once more been came across by way of a brand new iteration of readers.

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Siberia: Worlds Apart (Westview Series on the Post-Soviet Republics)

By Victor L Mote

Known to so much as a realm of exile and exertions camps, Siberia can also be one of many world’s wealthiest source bases. This harsh, massive land constitutes approximately three-quarters of Russia’s territory, but after 4 centuries of Slavic migration and procreation it's domestic to an insignificant 32 million people.In this accomplished publication, Victor Mote illuminates the dichotomy among Siberia’s wealthy treasurehouse of assets and its peripheral courting to the remainder of the realm. With this paradox in brain, he lines the region’s historical past from the Stone Age to the current, emphasizing the original mix of wit and may built via population to outlive probably the most brutal environments within the world—a land that has been half colony, half legal, and half frontier. Mote additionally explores the geography, ethnography, economics, and politics of Siberia and its humans, offering a multidisciplinary point of view for students and common readers alike drawn to Eurasia’s “forgotten quarter.”

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Intermediate Russian: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks)

By John Murray

Intermediate Russian offers a reference grammar and similar routines in a single quantity. diverse texts from Russian resources provide an perception into modern Russian society and tradition. positive factors comprise:
* texts and workouts reflecting modern Russian
* concise grammar explanations
* complete workout key
* special index.
Intermediate Russian, and its sister quantity, Basic Russian, are perfect either for autonomous learn and use at school. jointly the books offer a compendium of the necessities of Russian grammar.

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A History of Russian Symbolism

By Avril Pyman

This booklet is the 1st distinct heritage of the Russian Symbolist stream, which served because the seedbed of Existentialism and Modernism in Russia. It reassesses the symbolists' achievements within the gentle of recent learn, targeting their literary works. Prose is quoted in English translation and poetry is given within the unique Russian with prose translations. there's a necessary bibliography of fundamental resources and an in depth chronological appendix. This ebook will fill a long-felt hole for college kids and lecturers of Russian and comparative literature, symbolism, modernism, and pre-revolutionary Russian tradition.

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Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

By Karen Dawisha

The raging query on the earth at the present time is who's the true Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s impressive Putin’s Kleptocracy presents a solution, describing how Putin received to energy, the cabal he introduced with him, the billions they've got looted, and his plan to revive the higher Russia.

Russian student Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She offers broad new facts in regards to the Putin circle’s use of public positions for private achieve even earlier than Putin grew to become president in 2000. She records the institution of financial institution Rossiya, now sanctioned through the U.S.; the increase of the Ozero cooperative, based via Putin and others who're now topic to visa bans and asset freezes; the hyperlinks among Putin, Petromed, and “Putin’s Palace” close to Sochi; and the position of protection officers from Putin’s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden, lots of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian equipped crime.

Putin’s Kleptocracy is the results of years of analysis into the KGB and many of the Russian crime syndicates. Dawisha’s assets comprise Stasi records; Russian insiders; investigative newshounds within the US, Britain, Germany, Finland, France, and Italy; and Western officers who served in Moscow. Russian reporters wrote a part of this tale while the Russian media used to be nonetheless unfastened. “Many of them died for this tale, and their paintings has mostly been scrubbed from the web, or even from Russian libraries,” Dawisha says. “But a few of that paintings remains.”

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