‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.’ – George R.R. Martin
- Piano Makers in Russia in the Nineteenth Century
by Anne Swartz
“Piano Makers in Russia in the Nineteenth Century” is a richly detailed thematic study of the history of the piano in Russian society from its beginnings with the European artisans who settled in St. Petersburg in the early decades of the century through the transition to Russian-owned family firms.
- Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich-Supreme Commander of the Russian Army
by Paul Robinson
Despite his importance, the only other biography of the Grand Duke was written by one of his former generals in 1930, a year after his death, and it is only available in Russian. The result of research in the archives of seven countries, this groundbreaking biography—the first to appear in English— covers the Grand Duke’s entire life, examining both his private life and his professional career. Paul Robinson’s engaging account will be of great value to those interested in World War I and military history, Russian history, and biographies of notable figures.
3. Kulak: Love and Death, a German-Russian Tragedy – Ukraine, 1938
By Cleon F. Ochsner
Jakob Grigorievich Oksner and his wife, Emiliya Grigorievna, are historic characters who inspired this novel about the persecution of German-Russians, who were often summarily arrested, forced to work in slave labor camps, and executed during Stalin purges of the late 1930s. It is a story of love, faith, and tragedy.
- The White Russian
by Vanora Bennett
The quest deep into the heart of the Russian émigré community of Paris.
by Helen Rappaport
Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.
- Sapphire skies
By Belinda Alexandra
From the pomp and purges of Stalin’s Russia through the horrors of war and beyond – secrets and lies, enduring love and terrible betrayal, sacrifice and redemption all combine in this sweeping saga from Belinda Alexandra.
By Willard Sunderland
Following Baron Ungern through his youth and subsequent military career, the reader is treated to an adventure across Eurasian space – St Petersburg, Siberia, Mongolia and China.
8. States of Obligation: Taxes and Citizenship in the Russian Empire and Early Soviet Republic
By Yanni Kotsonis
September 30, 2014
Beginning in the 1860s, the Russian Empire replaced a poll tax system that originated with Peter the Great with a modern system of income and excise taxes. Russia began a transformation of state fiscal power that was also underway across Western Europe and North America. States of Obligation is the first sustained study of the Russian taxation system, the first to study its European and transatlantic context, and the first to expose the essential continuities between the fiscal practices of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.
9. Soviet Jews in World War II: Fighting, Witnessing, Remembering (Borderlines: Russian and East European-Jewish Studies)
By Harriet Murav and Gennady Estraikh
this volume discusses the participation of Jews as soldiers, journalists, and propagandists in combating the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, as the period between June 22, 1941, and May 9, 1945 was known in the Soviet Union. The essays included here examine both newly discovered and previously neglected oral testimony, poetry, cinema, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, and archives.
By Orlando Figes
In this elegant and incisive account Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused their examinations on the cataclysmic years immediately before and after 1917, Figes shows how the revolution, while it changed in form and character, nevertheless retained the same idealistic goals throughout, from its origins in the famine crisis of 1891 until its end with the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.