New publications

New publications

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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Frederik Coene (ed.): The Caucasus. An Introduction, 2015, 250pp ISBN: Paperback 9780415666831

The Caucasus is one of the most complicated regions in the world: with many different peoples and political units, differing religious allegiances, and frequent conflicts, and where historically major world powers have clashed with each other. Until now there has been no single book for those wishing to learn about this complex region. This book…

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Tina Burrett (ed.): Television and Presidential Power in Putin’s Russia, 2015, 300pp ISBN: 9780415838146

As a new president takes power in Russia, this book provides an analysis of the changing relationship between control of Russian television media and presidential power during the tenure of President Vladimir Putin. It argues that the conflicts within Russia’s political and economic elites, and President Putin’s attempts to rebuild the Russian state after its…

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Jessica Greenberg (ed.): After the Revolution. Youth, Democracy, and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia, 2014, 248pp, ISBN: 9780804791151

What happens to student activism once mass protests have disappeared from view, and youth no longer embody the political frustrations and hopes of a nation? After the Revolution chronicles the lives of student activists as they confront the possibilities and disappointments of democracy in the shadow of the recent revolution in Serbia. Greenberg’s narrative highlights…

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Olga Gurova (ed.): Fashion and the Consumer Revolution in Contemporary Russia, 2014, 182pp, ISBN: 978-0-415-84135-1

This book explores how clothing consumption has changed in Russia in the past 20 years as capitalism has grown in a postsocialist state, bringing with it a “consumer revolution.” It shows how there has been and continues to be a massive change in the fashion retail market and how ideal lifestyles portrayed in glossy magazines…

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Alexander Agadjanian, Ansgar Jödicke, Evert van der Zweerde (eds.): Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus, 2014, 280pp, ISBN: 978-1-13-802290-4

This book explores developments in the three major societies of the South Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – focusing especially on religion, historical traditions, national consciousness, and political culture, and on how these factors interact. It outlines how, despite close geographical interlacement, common historical memories and inherited structures, the three countries have deep differences;…

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Gregory F. Domber (ed.): Empowering Revolution. America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War, 2015, 416pp, ISBN: 978-1-4696-1851-7

As the most populous country in Eastern Europe as well as the birthplace of the largest anticommunist dissident movement, Poland is crucial in understanding the end of the Cold War. During the 1980s, both the United States and the Soviet Union vied for influence over Poland’s politically tumultuous steps toward democratic revolution. In this groundbreaking…

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Patryk Babiracki (ed.): Soviet Soft Power in Poland, Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957, 2015, 368pp, ISBN 978-1-4696-2089-3

Concentrating on the formative years of the Cold War from 1943 to 1957, Patryk Babiracki reveals little-known Soviet efforts to build a postwar East European empire through culture. Babiracki argues that the Soviets involved in foreign cultural outreach tried to use “soft power” in order to galvanize broad support for the postwar order in the…

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Per-Arne Bodin, Stefan Hedlund, Elena Namli (eds.): Power and Legitimacy – Challenges from Russia, 2014, 256pp, ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-13-881671-8; Hardback: 978-0-415-67776-9

 This book sheds new light on the continuing debate within political thought as to what constitutes power, and what distinguishes legitimate from illegitimate power. It does so by considering the experience of Russia, a polity where experiences of the legitimacy of power and the collapse of power offer a contrast to Western experiences on which…

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