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Shalamov: A Biography

by Maxim V. Botkin

A biography of the Russian writer Varlam Shalamov (1907-1982) whose seventeen year imprisonment in the Soviet Gulag at Kolyma became the subject matter for his acclaimed short story collection Kolyma Tales. Maxim V. Botkin's translation of Shalamov's poetry Kolyma Notebooks is to be published by Human Side Press in Fall 2019 in a limited hand bound edition. For more information visit www.humansidepress.com...

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, History, Russia
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 24 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

The Assassination of Lenin

by Nigel Cawthorne

A century ago, Britain was accused of masterminding a failed plot to kill Lenin and overthrow his fledgling Bolshevik regime. It was dismissed as Soviet propaganda. But history now suggests otherwise.For decades what became known as the ‘Lockhart plot’ has been etched in the annals of the Soviet archives.In early 1918, with the war on the Western Front still at its blood-thirsty height, Russia’s new Bolshevik government was negotiating a peace deal with Germany and withdrawing its exhausted troops from the front in the East. This did not please London. The move would enable the Germans – who had been fighting a war on two fronts – to concentrate all their forces in the West. Determined to get the Russians back into the war on the Allied side, the British despatched a young man in...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 89 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity (Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education)

by Jeroen Huisman


Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction, Education & Reference, Schools & Teaching, College & University
Size: 482 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

In the Steps of the Romanovs: Final Two Years of Russian Imperial Family (1916-18) (In their own words)

by Helen Azar

By 1916, Russia had been involved in the First World War for almost two years, and events were about to take a tumultuous turn. Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate his throne, and what followed was a struggle that neither he, nor most of his nearest were destined to survive.This volume offers an accurate glimpse into the final two years of the last Imperial Family of Russia: exclusively through their own diary entries and personal correspondence, supplemented by contemporary eyewitness accounts, many of which are published here in English for the first time. The reader will get to know on a deeper level the Grand Duchesses and the Empress, as they work at Tsarskoe Selo infirmaries; witness the imperial family's grief for their murdered "Friend" Grigori Rasputin; experience their arrest...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 652 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

The Electrification of Russia, 1880–1926

by Jonathan Coopersmith

≤p≥he Electrification of Russia, 1880–1926 is the first full account of the widespread adoption of electricity in Russia, from the beginning in the 1880s to its early years as a state technology under Soviet rule. Jonathan Coopersmith has mined the archives for both the tsarist and the Soviet periods to examine a crucial element in the modernization of Russia. Coopersmith shows how the Communist Party forged an alliance with engineers to harness the socially transformative power of this science-based enterprise. A centralized plan of electrification triumphed, to the benefit of the Communist Party and the detriment of local governments and the electrical engineers. Coopersmith's narrative of how this came to be elucidates the deep-seated and chronic conflict between the utopianism of...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Engineering, Professional Science, Science & Math, Physics
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Research Guide to the Russian and Soviet Censuses (Studies in Soviet History and Society)

by Ralph S. Clem

Taken together, the Russian census of 1897 and the Soviet censuses of 1926, 1959, 1970, and 1979 constitute the largest collection of empirical data available on that country, but until the publication of this book in 1986, the daunting complexity of that material prevented Western scholars from exploiting the censuses fully. This book is both a guide and a detailed index to these censuses. The first part of the book consists of eight essays by specialist on the USSR, six of them dealing with the use of census materials and the availability of data for research on ethnicity and language, marriage and the family, education and literacy, migration and organization, age structure, and occupations. The second part, a comprehensive index for all the published censuses, presents more than six hu...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

The Unscared Generation (Russian Cross Book 2)

by Alexander Lapin

The Russian Cross series of novels is "the saga of a generation." It is an intimate diary which encompasses the huge, dramatic period of the collapse of the USSR and the formation of a new Russia. It reveals the vicissitudes and twists of fate in the lives of four school friends against the background of historical events. The Russian Cross series of novels consists of six books: Lost Paradise, The Unscared Generation, Kind Wishes, The Whirlwinds of Change, Wolf Songs, and A Time to Live. The author first introduces the reader to the main personage in Lost Paradise, the first book of the series, a lyrical story about the life of young boys and girls at school. The second book, The Unscared Generation, is about growing up, choosing a path, difficult decisions and taking responsibility for t...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 231 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Rewolucja: Russian Poland, 1904–1907

by Robert E. Blobaum

The revolution of 1905 in the Russian-ruled Kingdom of Poland marked the consolidation of major new influences on the political scene. As he examines the emergence of a mass political culture in Poland, Robert E. Blobaum offers the first history in any Western language of this watershed period. Drawing on extensive archival research to explore the history of Poland's revolutionary upheavals, Blobaum departs from traditional interpretations of these events as peripheral to an essentially Russian movement that reached a climax in the Russian Revolution of 1917. He demonstrates that, although Polish independence was not formally recognized until after World War I, the social and political conditions necessary for nationhood were established in the years around 1905....

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Nonfiction
Size: 320 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Proletarian Peasants: The Revolution of 1905 in Russia's Southwest

by Robert Edelman

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution to one of the major debates in contemporary peasant studies. Edelman's subject is the peasantry of the right-bank Ukraine, and he uses local and regional archives seldom available to Western scholars to give a detailed picture of the ways in which the inhabitants of one of Russia’s most advanced agrarian regions expressed their discontent during the years 1905–1907. By the 1890s, the landlords of Russia’s Southwest had organized a highly successful capitalist form of agriculture, and Edelman demonstrates that their peasants responded to these dramatic economic changes by...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 208 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Russian Formalism: A Metapoetics

by Peter Steiner

Russian Formalism, one of the twentieth century's most important movements in literary criticism, has received far less attention than most of its rivals. Examining Formalism in light of more recent developments in literary theory, Peter Steiner here offers the most comprehensive critique of Formalism to date. Steiner studies the work of the Formalists in terms of the major tropes that characterized their thought. He first considers those theorists who viewed a literary work as a mechanism, an organism, or a system. He then turns to those who sought to reduce literature to its most basic element—language—and who consequently replaced poetics with linguistics. Throughout, Steiner elucidates the basic principles of the Formalists and explores their contributions to the study of poetics, ...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Nonfiction, Antiquarian & Rare Books, Criticism & Theory, History of Books
Size: 278 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

The Crimean War: Volume I

by Yevgeny Tarle

The Concert of Europe established after the Napoleonic Wars is credited with keeping the 19th century relatively peaceful. The new world order was, in many respects, an attempt to turn back the clock. Much of Europe remained under the control of absolute monarchs installed by divine right, as seen in the Holy Alliance, a pact signed by Prussia, Austria and Russia to preserve “Christian” principles.Russia had gained an exaggerated aura of invincibility by taking the lead role in defeating Napoleon Bonaparte. The Russian Empire was incomprehensively vast and its military potential was incalculable, but it was far less formidable than was feared. The profoundly conservative Tsar Nicholas I resisted change and was seen by many as the bulwark of reaction on the continent. Unfortunately for ...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 646 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

The Lost Paradise (Russian Cross Book 1)

by Alexander Lapin

Russian Cross by Alexander Lapin is an authentic story about Russia and the generation which changed it. Lost Paradise, the first book in the series, tells of the 1970's when those people who today comprise Russia's business and administrative elite were still young. It was a time when they felt part of a united Soviet Union but at the same time were living with the presentiment of great events which were to shape the future.Four friends of different nationalities (Russian, Kazakh, German) live in a small village in the depths of the Kazakh provinces. They all go to the same school and reflect on their purposes in life. Eventually they will be driven apart by destiny. One of them will become a journalist, another one will work for the KGB, one will build a career as a state functionary, wh...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 16 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Prussia: The Evolution of an Empire

by John Marriot

SINCE the death of Frederick the Great in 1786 the kingdom of Prussia has been a state of a unique type, occupying a special position both in Germany and in Europe. Since 1867 it has accomplished by its own methods a momentous task, the unification of Germany and the erection of a German Empire, under the presidency of the House of Hohenzollern. Since 1871 it is not without the justification of historical fact and present realities that when we speak of Germany we think of Prussia, and when we speak of Prussia we are thinking of Germany. 'The whole Empire', wrote Treitschke (Politik, ii. 346), 'is based historically and politically on the fact that it is (as Emperor William once said to Bismarck) "an extended Prussia", that Prussia is the dominant factor, both in fact and in formula. What...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 307 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 12 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Chechnya: The History of the Chechen Republic and the Ongoing Conflict with Russia

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents"There is no people under the sun more vile and deceitful than this one." – Soviet inscription on a statue of 19th century Russian general Aleksey Yermolov in Grozny“Troops assembled villagers and townspeople, loaded them onto trucks – many deportees remembered that they were Studebakers, fresh from Lend-Lease deliveries over the Iranian border – and delivered them at previously designated railheads. ...Those who could not be moved were shot. ...[A] few fighters aside, the entire Chechen and Ingush nations, 496,460 people, were deported from their homeland.” – Norman NaimarkToday, Chechnya is a republic with some degree of autonomy in the contemporary Russian Federation. Its population is...

Genre: History, Russia
Size: 54 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Stalin’s Constitution (Open Access): Soviet Participatory Politics and the Discussion of the 1936 Draft Constitution (Routledge Studies in Modern European History)

by Samantha Lomb

Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leaders hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937–1938 that followed rendered it a hollow document. This study does not address these competing claims, but rather focuses on the six-month long popular discussion of the draft Constitution, which preceded its formal adoption in December 1936. Drawing on rich archival sources, this book uses the discussion of the draft 1936 Constitution to examine discourse between the central state leadership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, which delineated the roles the state and citizens should play in developing socialism. For the central leadership, mobilizing its citizen...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia, Professional & Technical, Law, Nonfiction
Size: 190 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Russian Revolution: Two Insurrections and Civil War

by in60Learning


Genre: History, Russia
Size: 1.16 mb
Free eBook download for Kindle from 09 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

A Time to Live (Russian Cross Book 6)

by Alexander Lapin

A Time to Live – this is the title of the final, sixth book of the novel Russian cross. The original novel was conceived as a five-volume edition, and with characters I planned to leave at the turn of the century. But too much remained uncertain in the fate of each character and the internal logic of the narration required to bring the line of characters’ lives before the moment of awareness of each of them of its purpose.No, they do not achieve complete peace and well-being. Life continues to bring them new difficulties that require overcoming, but each of the main characters of the novel in the final comes to understand the need to be here and now, in this place, to do this business, with these people, to love exactly this person and raise common children.And then, despite the diffic...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 262 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

Sputnik: The Start of Space Exploration

by in60Learning

Smarter in sixty minutes.Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.Sputnik I was the first artificial satellite, launched by the Soviet Union on 4 October 1957 into an elliptical low-earth orbit. Sputnik I was a polished metal sphere of 23 inches in diameter, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. Launched at the 5th Tyuratam range from what is now known as the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the satellite completed each orbit in 96.2 minutes at a speed of abo...

Genre: History, Europe, Russia
Size: 39 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 May 2020 onward PDT/PST 

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