New publications

New publications

Erica T. Lehrer and Michael Meng (eds.): Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland, USA 2015, 312pp. ISBN: 9780253015006

In a time of national introspection regarding the country’s involvement in the persecution of Jews, Poland has begun to reimagine spaces of and for Jewishness in the Polish landscape, not as a form of nostalgia but as a way to encourage the pluralization of contemporary society. The essays in this book explore issues of the…

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Maple Razsa (ed.): Bastards of Utopia, Living Radical Politics after Socialism, 2015, 312pp. ISBN: 9780253015860

Bastards of Utopia, the companion to a feature documentary film of the same name, explores the experiences and political imagination of young radical activists in the former Yugoslavia, participants in what they call alterglobalization or “globalization from below.” Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows individual activists from the transnational protests against globalization of the early 2000s through…

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Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly, Nikolai Vakhtin (eds.): Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism, 2015, 304pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-69504-6

In Soviet times, anthropologists in the Soviet Union were closely involved in the state’s work of nation building. They helped define official nationalities, and gathered material about traditional customs and suitably heroic folklore, whilst at the same time refraining from work on the reality of contemporary Soviet life. Since the end of the Soviet Union…

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Susanne Oxenstierna (ed.): The Challenges for Russia’s Politicized Economic System, 2015, 242pp. ISBN: 9781138796621

During the early 2000s the market liberalization reforms to the Russian economy, begun in the 1990s, were consolidated, but since the mid 2000s economic policy has moved into a new phase, characterized by more state intervention with less efficiency and more structural problems. Corruption, weak competitiveness, heavy dependency on energy exports, an unbalanced labour market,…

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Vojtech Mastny, Zhu Liqun (eds.): The Legacy of the Cold War, Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict. 2015, 388pp. ISBN: 9780739187890

The unexpected end of the protracted conflict has been a sobering experience for scholars. No theory had anticipated how the Cold War would be terminated, and none should also be relied upon to explicate its legacy. But instead of relying on preconceived formulas to project past developments, taking a historical perspective to explain their causes…

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Mark Harrison (ed.): Guns and Rubles: The Defense Industry in the Stalinist State. 2014, 300pp. ISBN: 0300209126

For this book a distinguished team of economists and historians-R. W. Davies, Paul R. Gregory, Andrei Markevich, Mikhail Mukhin, Andrei Sokolov, and Mark Harrison-scoured formerly closed Soviet archives to discover how Stalin used rubles to make guns. Focusing on various aspects of the defense industry, a top-secret branch of the Soviet economy, the volume’s contributors…

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Georges Mink, Laure Neumayer (eds.): History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Memory games, 2015, 288pp. ISBN: 978-0-230-35433-3

Twenty years after the end of communism, the history of Central and Eastern Europe still sparks intense discussions in the former Soviet bloc, as contested memories, primarily about communist repression and WWII, are relived. This volume goes beyond the state-centred approach that so often characterises the study of memory-issues in post-communist countries and highlights two…

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Cerwyn Moore (ed.): Contemporary violence. Postmodern war in Kosovo and Chechnya, 2015, 196pp. ISBN: 9780719075995

This book draws on several years of field research, as well as interpretive IR theory and analysis of empirical source material so as to shed light on contemporary violence. Drawing on interpretive approaches to International Relations, the book argues that founding events and multiple contexts informed the narratives deployed by different members of each movement,…

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Daniela Kalkandjieva (ed.): The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948. From Decline to Resurrection, 2015, 378pp. ISBN: 9781138788480

This book tells the remarkable story of the decline and revival of the Russian Orthodox Church in the first half of the twentieth century and the astonishing U-turn in the attitude of the Soviet Union’s leaders towards the church. In the years after 1917 the Bolsheviks’ anti-religious policies, the loss of the former western territories…

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Agnieszka Halemba (ed.): The Telengits of Southern Siberia. Landscape, Religion and Knowledge in Motion, 2015, 226pp ISBN: 9780415360005

In a new and engaging study, Halemba explores the religion and world outlook of the Telengits of Altai. The book provides an account of the Altai, its peoples, clans and political structures, focusing particularly on on the Telengits, whilst also considering the different elements of religious belief exhibited among these native peoples. Paradoxically, as the…

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