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The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

Noted Russian history scholar Figes offers a vivid portrait of how Stalin's regime of spying, renunciation, and terror impacted everyday life...

Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991: A History

Approachable and compelling, this will serve as a good overview for generalists interested in its subjects and offers pathways toward further reading for serious students. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/13.]

Love in the Gulag

Imprisoned first in a Nazi concentration camp and then falsely charged with treason when he returned home and sent to the Gulag, Lev Mischenko unexpectedly received a letter from his beloved, Sveta...

The Crimean War

Essentially a three-way clash among the British, Turkish, and Russian empires, the Crimean War was famed for military incompetence (think the Charge of the Light Brigade), heroism (think Florence Nightingale), and extraordinary ferocity (nearly a million soldiers and an untold number of civilians died)...

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