Category: Russia

The Grand Strategy of the Russian Empire, 1650-1831 by John P. LeDonne

By John P. LeDonne

At its top, the Russian empire coated 11 time zones and stretched from Scandinavia to the Pacific Ocean. Arguing opposed to the conventional old view that Russia, surrounded and threatened via enemies, used to be constantly at the protective, John P. LeDonne contends that Russia built a long term procedure now not in keeping with rapid threats yet based on its personal expansionist urges to manage the Eurasian Heartland. LeDonne narrates how the govt. from Moscow and Petersburg improved the empire through deploying its military in addition to via extending its patronage to frontier societies in go back for his or her serving the pursuits of the empire. He considers 3 theaters on which the Russians accelerated: the Western (Baltic, Germany, Poland); the Southern (Ottoman and Persian Empires); and the japanese (China, Siberia, crucial Asia). In his research of army energy, he weighs the position of geography and locale, in addition to financial concerns, within the evolution of a bigger imperial approach. instead of viewing Russia as peripheral to eu nice strength politics, LeDonne makes a strong case for Russia as an expansionist, militaristic, and authoritarian regime that challenged the good states and empires of its time.

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Russophobia: Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy by Andrei Tsygankov

By Andrei Tsygankov

The publication explains why the US-Russia post-9/11 partnership didn't undergo. Washington sponsored clear of its preliminary dedication to a brand new point of cooperation with Moscow in addressing problems with terrorism, strength safeguard, political instability and guns proliferation. a lot of America’s coverage is formed by way of an ambition to stay the single world’s superpower and by means of actions of curiosity teams with the schedule of keeping apart Russia from the Western international. even though those teams don't dictate the legitimate coverage, their impression has been amazing. The e-book analyzes the detrimental function played by Russophobia and formulates a unique method of Russia within the post-Cold struggle world. 

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A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya by Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry

By Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Burry

Chechnya, a 6,000-square-mile nook of the northern Caucasus, has struggled below Russian domination for hundreds of years. The area declared its independence in 1991, resulting in a brutal warfare, Russian withdrawal, and next "governance" through bandits and warlords. a chain of residence development assaults in Moscow in 1999, allegedly orchestrated through a insurgent faction, reignited the warfare, which keeps to rage at the present time. Russia has long gone to nice lengths to maintain newshounds from reporting at the clash; for that reason, few humans outdoors the quarter comprehend its scale and the atrocities—described by means of eyewitnesses as corresponding to these came upon in Bosnia—committed there.

Anna Politkovskaya, a correspondent for the liberal Moscow newspaper Novaya gazeta, used to be the one journalist to have consistent entry to the zone. Her overseas stature and recognition for honesty one of the Chechens allowed her to proceed to report back to the realm the brutal strategies of Russia's leaders used to quell the uprisings. A Small nook of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya is her moment publication in this bloody and lengthy battle. greater than a suite of articles and columns, A Small nook of Hell offers a unprecedented insider's view of existence in Chechnya over the last years. based on tales of these caught-literally-in the crossfire of the clash, her e-book recounts the horrors of residing in the course of the struggle, examines how the conflict has affected Russian society, and takes a troublesome examine how humans on each side are taking advantage of it, from the guards who settle for bribes from Chechens out after curfew to the United countries. Politkovskaya's unflinching honesty and her braveness in conversing fact to strength mix the following to supply a strong account of what's stated as some of the most harmful and least understood conflicts at the planet.

Anna Politkovskaya was once assassinated in Moscow on October 7, 2006.

"The homicide of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya leaves a bad silence in Russia and a data void a few darkish realm that we have to recognize extra approximately. not anyone else suggested as she did at the Russian north Caucasus and the abuse of human rights there. Her reviews made for tricky reading—and Politkovskaya in simple terms bought the place she did by means of being one among life's tough people."—Thomas de Waal, mother or father

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Avenging Angels by Mary Stanton

By Mary Stanton

The sequence that is "a breath of unpolluted air for fanatics of paranormal comfortable mysteries" (Publishers Weekly, starred assessment) legislation institution hasn't ready Bree to charm circumstances for the useless. After inheriting her great-uncle's haunted legislation company, she needs to now characterize ex-banker O'Rourke, who supposedly killed himself after wasting a fortune. yet with a merry widow and facts mounting, it really is commencing to seem like homicide. So Bree and her staff of angels start to examine. yet Bree quickly discovers that somebody may particularly see her deceased than debriefed.

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Autocracy, Modernization, and Revolution in Russia and Iran by Tim McDaniel

By Tim McDaniel

What did the Russian revolution of 1917 and the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979 percentage along with their drama? How will we evaluate a revolution led through Lenin with one encouraged by way of Khomeini? How is a revolution established totally on the city operating category just like one based to an important measure on conventional teams just like the bazaaris, small craftsmen, and non secular scholars and preachers? deciding upon a particular path to modernity--autocratic modernization--Tim McDaniel explores the dilemmas inherent within the efforts of autocratic monarchies in Russia and Iran to rework their international locations into sleek business societies.

Originally released in 1991.

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The File on the Tsar by Anthony Summers

By Anthony Summers

The realm used to be informed that the final Tsar of Russia and his relations have been butchered within the 'cellar bloodbath' at Ekaterinburg in 1918. but diplomats and journalists didn't think it. And the longest court docket case of the century did not explode Anna Anderson's declare to be the Tsar's youngest daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia. Anthony Summers and Tom Mangold spent 5 years monitoring down witnesses and long-lost files. the hunt ended in Moscow, Tokyo and Washington and their patience ultimately paid off once they came upon a suppressed reliable file - the dossier at the Tsar. It exhibits that the general public was once fed a lie. The Romanovs didn't all die at Ekaterinburg, yet turned pawns in a world strength online game, concerning Lenin, the Kaiser, the British Royal kinfolk and British Intelligence. And in London, over eighty years later, the cover-up is going on.

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The Politics of the Soviet Cinema 1917-1929 by Richard Taylor

By Richard Taylor

A lot has been written approximately Soviet literature and its political value within the years following the October Revolution, yet little has been written in regards to the cinema within the related context. And but in 1922 Lenin stated, 'Of the entire arts, for us the cinema is the main important.' What did he suggest? This publication appears on the Soviet cinema in its formative interval from the political perspective, analyzing either the perspective of the experts in the direction of the cinema and the particular use to which the cinema used to be placed. It demonstrates how, even on the top of the 'Golden period of the Soviet film', the Bolsheviks time and again did not organise the cinema effectively as an efficient propaganda weapon. The publication presents an illuminating heritage of the political heritage of the Soviet cinema within the twenties opposed to which its most renowned movies may be re-examined.

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