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Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe


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Tourism and Travel during the Cold War: Negotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain

Tourism and Travel during the Cold War: Negotiating Tourist Experiences across the Iron Curtain

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sune Bechmann Pedersen, Christian Noack
October 11, 2019

The Iron Curtain was not an impenetrable divide, and contacts between East and West took place regularly and on various levels throughout the Cold War. This book explores how the European tourist industry transcended the ideological fault lines and the communist states attracted an ever-increasing...

Everyday Soviet Utopias: Planning, Design and the Aesthetics of Developed Socialism

Everyday Soviet Utopias: Planning, Design and the Aesthetics of Developed Socialism

1st Edition

Anna Alekseyeva
January 22, 2019

This book explores how intellectuals of the later Soviet decades – the 1970s and 1980s – sought to bring about the socialist utopian world. It argues that the last two decades of the Soviet Union were not characterised by state withdrawal and malaise, as some scholars have argued; ...

Leadership and Nationalism in Azerbaijan: Ali Mardan bey Topchibashov, Founder and Creator

Leadership and Nationalism in Azerbaijan: Ali Mardan bey Topchibashov, Founder and Creator

1st Edition

Jamil Hasanli
November 29, 2018

Ali Mardan bey Topchibashov was a prominent politician, who played a crucial role in the history of Azerbaijan. One of the most striking personalities in the history of Azerbaijan, the founder of liberal ideas, and the first President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, he led the Muslim faction in the...

The Russian Liberals and the Revolution of 1905

The Russian Liberals and the Revolution of 1905

1st Edition

Peter Enticott
January 12, 2018

There is a widespread notion that Russia is forever fated to be an authoritarian country where liberalism and democracy can never make real progress. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century there was an extremely influential “liberationist” movement which culminated in the formation of a...

The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-40

The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-40

1st Edition

Audrey Altstadt
January 12, 2018

The early Soviet Union’s nationalities policy involved the formation of many national republics, within which "nation building" and "modernization" were undertaken for the benefit of "backward" peoples. This book, in considering how such policies were implemented in Azerbaijan, argues that the...

The Vernaculars of Communism: Language, Ideology and Power in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

The Vernaculars of Communism: Language, Ideology and Power in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Petre Petrov, Lara Ryazanova-Clarke
October 13, 2017

The political revolutions which established state socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were accompanied by revolutions in the word, as the communist project implied not only remaking the world but also renaming it. As new institutions, social roles, rituals and behaviours emerged, so...

Creating Nationality in Central Europe, 1880-1950: Modernity, Violence and (Be) Longing in Upper Silesia

Creating Nationality in Central Europe, 1880-1950: Modernity, Violence and (Be) Longing in Upper Silesia

1st Edition

Tomasz Kamusella, James Bjork, Timothy Wilson, Anna Novikov
October 12, 2017

In the immediate aftermath of the First World War, Upper Silesia was the site of the largest formal exercise in self-determination in European history, the 1921 Plebiscite. This asked the inhabitants of Europe’s second largest industrial region the deceptively straightforward question of whether...

Competition in Socialist Society

Competition in Socialist Society

1st Edition

Katalin Miklóssy, Melanie Ilic
October 12, 2017

This book explores how the concept of "competition", which is usually associated with market economies, operated under state socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, where the socialist system, based on command economic planning and state-centred control over society, was supposed to...

Young Jewish Poets Who Fell as Soviet Soldiers in the Second World War

Young Jewish Poets Who Fell as Soviet Soldiers in the Second World War

1st Edition

Rina Lapidus
October 12, 2017

This book deals with the work of fifteen young Jewish poets who were killed, died of wounds, or were executed in captivity while serving in the Red Army in the Second World War. All were young, all were poets, most were thoroughly assimilated into Soviet society whilst at the same time being rooted...

Women's Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Women's Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Kelly Hignett, Melanie Ilic, Dalia Leinarte, Corina Snitar
October 10, 2017

Based on extensive original research, including studies of autobiographies and biographies, reminiscences and memoirs, archived oral history data and interviews conducted by the authors, this book provides a rich picture of how women experienced repression in the former Soviet bloc. Although...

The Soviet Union - Federation or Empire?

The Soviet Union - Federation or Empire?

1st Edition

Tania Raffass
May 31, 2017

The Soviet Union is often characterised as nominally a federation, but really an empire, liable to break up when individual federal units, which were allegedly really subordinate colonial units, sought independence. This book questions this interpretation, revisiting the theory of federation, and...

Reassessing Orientalism: Interlocking Orientologies during the Cold War

Reassessing Orientalism: Interlocking Orientologies during the Cold War

1st Edition

Michael Kemper, Artemy M. Kalinovsky
May 25, 2017

Orientalism as a concept was first applied to Western colonial views of the East. Subsequently, different types of orientalism were discovered but the premise was that these took their lead from Western-style orientalism, applying it in different circumstances. This book, on the other hand, argues...

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