Canadian Slavonic Papers

Quarterly academic journal covers ethnic and cultural studies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 3/4, September-December

A Concise History of Finland
David Kirby. A Concise History of Finland. Cambridge Concise Histories. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xv, 343 pp. Illustrations. Figures. Maps. List of Key Dates. Bibliography. Index. Paper.A Concise History of Finland makes a thought-provoking...
Advanced Russian through History: Dela Davno Minuvshikh Dnei
Benjamin Rifkin and Olga Kagan (with Anna Yatsenko). Advanced Russian through History: Dela davno minuvshikh dnei. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. xix, 238 pp. Maps. Appendix. Photographs. CD. $45.00, paper.The goal of this textbook project was...
Ancient Rome in the Russian Silver Age*
Preparing this review has been rewarding and frustrating. I have learned much of value for my current project; I have also learned that different traditions of literary criticism vary sharply. I write from die perspective of another discipline. I am...
A Shostakovich Casebook
Malcolm Hamrick Brown, ed. A Shostakovich Casebook. Russian Music Studies. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2004. xv, 408 pp. $39.95, cloth. $24.95, paper.The 1979 publication of Solomon Volkov's Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri...
Between the Cracks: Macedonia and the 'Mental Map' of Europe
ABSTRACT:As arguably the most peripheral region within the Balkans, itself the most peripheral subset of Europe, Macedonia at the turn of the century was represented as the crossroads of East and West. Macedonia's perceived schizophrenia crystallized...
Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag
Nicolas Werth. Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag. Trans. Steven Rendali. Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. xxii, 226 pp. $24.95, cloth.In May 1933, some 6,000 "urban déclassé elements" were...
Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry
Olga Litvak. Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry. The Modern Jewish Experience. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2006. xv, 273 pp. Bibliography. Index. Cloth.Excepting anti-Jewish violence in the form of pogroms,...
Die Bolschewistiche Machtergreifung Im Gouvernement Voronez (1917-1919)
Stefan Karsch. Die bolschewistiche Machtergreifung im Gouvernement Voronez (191 71919). Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte des östlichen Europa. Band 7 1 . Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2006. 348 pp. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Cloth.True to its title, this...
Doing Medicine Together: Germany and Russia between the Wars
Susan Gross Solomon, ed. Doing Medicine Together: Germany and Russia between the Wars. German and European Studies Series. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. xvii, 533 pp. Illustrations. Notes. Index. $65.00, cloth.Delving into the challenging...
Explaining Yugoslavia
John B. Allcock. Explaining Yugoslavia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. xxvii, 499 pp.John Allcock's Explaining Yugoslavia is a difficult book to categorize or even adequately characterize. It is described in its cover notes as "complete,"...
Folly, Foolishness, Foolery*
In Eastern Orthodox Christianity the fool for Christ (Russ. iurodivyi, Greek salos) is both a canonical saint and a social pariah. While he is an ascetic, he prefers the city's commotion to the serenity of seclusion, constantly engaging his audiences...
From Historical to "Dialectical" Populism: The Case of Post-Communist Romania
Abstract:This article begins with a brief discussion of the differences between "historical populism" and "neo-populism" in the post-communist context. The second part concentrates on "neo-populism from below," exemplifying the category of neo-populist...
From Peasant to Patriarch: Account of the Birth, Uprising, and Life of His Holiness Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Kevin M. Kain and Katia Levintova, ed. and trans. From Peasant to Patriarch: Account of the Birth, Uprising, and Life of His Holiness Nikon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Written by His Cleric loann Shusherin. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books,...
From Sovietology to Postcoloniality: Poland and Ukraine from a Postcolonial Perspective
Janusz Korck, ed. From Sovietology to Postcoloniality: Poland and Ukraine from a Postcolonial Perspective. Södertörn Academic Studies 32. Huddinge, Sweden: Södertörns högskola, 2007. 272 pp. Paper.This publication is the product of a conference held...
Gender and Sexuality in Ethical Context. Ten Essays on Polish Prose
Knut Andreas Grimstad and Ursula Phillips, eds. Gender and Sexuality in Ethical Context. Ten Essays on Polish Prose. Slavica Bergensia 5. Department of Russian Studies, University of Bergen, 2005. 286pp.In the 1990s, under the influence of new concepts...
Germanismen Im Serbischen Und Kroatischen
Biljana Golubovic. Germanismen im Serbischen und Kroatischen. Slavistische Beiträge, 459. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 2007. 346 pp. Appendix. euro36.00, paper.The author of the present monograph, Biljana Golubovic, teaches in the Slavic Department at...
Grundfragen Eines Südosteuropasprachatlas. Geschichte, Problematik, Perspektive, Konzeption, Methode, Pilotprojekt
Helmut Schaller, ed. Grundfragen eines Südosteuropasprachatlas. Geschichte, Problematik, Perspektive, Konzeption, Methode, Pilotprojekt Studien zum Südosteuropasprachatlas, Band 1 . Marburg: Biblion- Verlag, 2001 . 79 pp. B/w photograph of Pavle Ivic....
Historical Dictionary of Russian Theater
Laurence Senelick. Historical Dictionary of Russian Theater. Historical Dictionaries of the Arts, No. 14. Lanham, MD, Toronto, Plymouth, UK: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2007. li, 551 pp. Illustrations. Bibliography. Cloth.This splendid volume is destined...
International and Domestic Dimensions of Russia's G8 Presidency in 2006
ABSTRACT:In 2006, as president of the Group of Eight (G8), Russia intended to increase its global status, respond to foreign criticism about its democratic credentials, and advance key policy positions. In determining whether these goals were met, the...
Living Gender after Communism
Janet Elise Johnson and Jean C. Robinson, eds. Living Gender after Communism. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007. 250 pp. $45.00, cloth.Living Gender after Communism is an ambitious collection of critical essays on the increasingly...
Maxim Gorky: Russian Dramatist
Cynthia Marsh. Maxim Gorky: Russian Dramatist. Bern, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006. 382 pp. Index. Bibliography. Illustrations. euro63/£47.30, paper.Cynthia Marsh's book is the first detailed English-language study of Gorky's collected dramatic...
Obstacles to the Integration of the Holocaust into Post-Communist East European Historical Narratives
ABSTRACT:Factors that have made it difficult for post-communist East European societies to integrate the Holocaust into their historical cultures include the communist heritage, which downplayed the specifically Jewish Holocaust; sensitivity to charges...
Peering into the Abyss: Andreev's Rejoinder to Tolstoi's Kreutzer Sonata
ABSTRACT:This essay argues that Leonid Andreev's (1871-1919) short story "The Abyss" (Bezdna) is an important and often misunderstood response to Lev Tolstoi's (1828-1910) novella Kreutzer Sonata (Kreitserova Sonata), representing a fundamental shift...
Performing Justice. Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia
Elizabeth A. Wood. Performing Justice. Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2005. viii, 301 pp. Illustrations. Index. $49.95, cloth.Elizabeth Wood has written an engaging and evocative book, and in the...
Police-Peasant Relations during the Formative Years of the New Economic Policy
ABSTRACT:This study investigates the police reports on the peasants during the early years of the New Economic Policy as the new Soviet state attempted to establish a working relationship with rural Russia through a variety of organizations, chief among...
Preserving the Dnipro River: Harmony, History and Rehabilitation
Vasyl Schevchuk, Yuriy Satalkin, Georgiy Bilyavsky, Vasyl Navrotsky, and Oleksandr Mazurkevich. Preserving the Dnipro River: Harmony, History and Rehabilitation. Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press and the International Development Research Centre, 2005. 1...
Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine
Dominique Arel and Blair A. Ruble, eds. Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press; Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. xii, 365 pp. Notes. Index. Figures. Tables....
Red Atom: Russia's Nuclear Power Program from Stalin to Today
Paul R. Josephson. Red Atom: Russia 's Nuclear Power Program from Stalin to Today. Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000-2005. x, 352. Illustrations. Map. Index. $24.95, paper.Originally...
Reflections of Prague: Journeys through the Twentieth Century
Ivan Margolius. Reflections of Prague: Journeys Through the Twentieth Century. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. ix, 318 pp. Appendices. Notes. Index. US $24.95/Cdn $31.99, cloth.Ivan Margolius has provided his book Reflections of Prague with...
Reiche Und Territorien in Ostmitteleuropa: Historische Beziehungen Und Politische Herrschaftslegitimation
Dietmar Willoweit und Hans Lemberg, eds. Reiche und Territorien in Ostmitteleuropa: Historische Beziehungen und politische Herrschaftslegitimation. Vol. 2 of Völker, Staaten und Kulturen in Ostmitteleuropa, ed. Dietmar Willoweit and Klaus Roth. Munich:...
Russian in Use: An Interactive Approach to Advanced Communicative Competence
Sandra F. Rosengrant. Russian in Use: An Interactive Approach to Advanced Communicative Competence. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007. 448 pp. Tables. Maps. Illustrations. Bibliography. Appendices. $53.00, paper.Rosengrant's Russian in...
Sergei Dovlatov's Zona as Metatextual Memoir
ABSTRACT:From the 1970s, the term metafiction has been mostly confined to studies of American and Western European literatures; I propose using metafiction as a means of approaching Sergei Dovlatov's Zona [The Zone], a novel which blurs the line between...
Soviet Culture and Power. A History in Documents, 1917-1953
Katerina Clark and Evgeny Dobrenko with Andrei Artizov and Oleg Naumov. Soviet Culture and Power. A History in Documents, 1917-1953. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. xvii, 545 pp. Notes. Glossary. List of Documents. Index. $55.00, cloth.Soviet...
Stafford Cripps in Moscow 1940-1942. Diaries and Papers
Gabriel Gorodetsky, ed. Stafford Cripps in Moscow 1940-1942. Diaries and Papers. Portland, OR: Valentine Mitchell, 2007. x, 253 pp. List of Plates. Epilogue. Bibliographical Notes. Index. Cloth.Sir Stafford Cripps was a maverick element in British politics....
Standardisierung Und Destandardisierung: (De)Standardisierungsphänomene Im Russischen Und Tschechischen
J. van Leeuwen-Turnovcová, S. Rudolf and U. Röhrborn, eds. Standardisierung und Destandardisierung: (De)Standardisierungsphänomene im Russischen und Tschechischen. Specimina Philologiae Slavicae, 148. Munich: Verlag Otto Sagner, 2008. 201 pp. B/w photographs...
Straddling Borders: Literature and Identity in Subcarpathian Rus'
Elaine Rusinko. Straddling Borders: Literature and Identity in Subcarpathian Rus'. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. 560 pp. Cloth.Elaine Rusinko's monograph is a ground breaking book, the first history of Rusyn literature written from a broad...
The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses
Frances Lee Bernstein. The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advice for the Soviet Masses. DeKaIb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007. xviii, 246 pp. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. $42.00, cloth.Why was there "no sex" in the Soviet Union?...
The Nineteenth Century in Odessa: One Hundred Years of Italian Culture on the Shores of the Black Sea (1794-1894)
Anna Makolkin. The Nineteenth Century in Odessa: One Hundred Years of Italian Culture on the Shores of the Black Sea (1794-1894). Foreword by Terence J. Fay. Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. vii, 230pp. Illustrations. Index. Cloth.This...
The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus
Serhii Plokhy. The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xix, 379 pp. Maps. Indexes. Cloth.The Origins of the Slavic Nations is a post-nationalist analytical...
The Same Solitude: Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva
Catherine Ciepiela. The Same Solitude: Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetaeva. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2006. 303 pp. Introduction. Notes. Index. $ 29.95, cloth.Catherine Ciepiela's work is based on her interpretation of the poetry...
The Seeds of Triumph: Church and State in Gomulka's Poland
Hanna Diskin. The Seeds of Triumph: Church and State in Gomulka's Poland. Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2001 . 3 1 7 pp. Bibliography. Interviews (1977-1997). Index. Cloth.In The Seeds of Triumph, Hanna Diskin has conducted...
The Slavic Languages
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Roland Sussex and Paul Cubberley. The Slavic Languages. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xx, 638 pp. Map. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. $150, cloth.This...
Topics in the History of Russian
Ian Press. Topics in the History of Russian. Lincom Studies in Slavic Linguistics, 31. Munich: Lincom Europa, 2008. iii, 129 pp. Appendices. Bibliography. euro38.00 / $56.80, paper.Topics in the History of Russian (hereafter Topics) is a delightful,...