Kritika

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, Summer

Andrei Ershov and the Soviet Information Age
I'm not original. My ideal is the creative mind, or, in terms of mottoes: IBM's "Think" and the poetic "never a day without a line." --A. P. Ershov When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985, the Soviet Union was suddenly confronted with two major,...
A Negentropic Society? Wartime and Postwar Soviet History
Steven A. Barnes, Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society. xii + 352 pp., illus. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN-13 978-0691151120. $35.00. Mark Edele, Soviet Veterans of the Second World War: A Popular...
Coming to Terms with a Violent Past
Miriam Dobson, Khrushev's Cold Summer: Gulag Returneess, Crime, and the Fate of Reform after Stalin. 264 pp. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009. ISBN-13 978-0801447570. $45.00. Bettina Greiner, Verdrangter Terror: Geschichte und Wahrnehmung...
Concealing Labor Pain: The Evil Eye and the Psychoprophylactic Method of Painless Childbirth in Soviet Russia
Soviet physicians viewed biomedicine and ethnomedicine as binary opposites. This mutual exclusivity reflected physicians' perception of themselves as harbingers of modernity to a Soviet society steeped in superstition and religiosity. Using sources...
New on the Piety of Yore
A. I. Alekseev, Sochineniia Iosifa Volotskogo v kontekste polemiki 1480-1540-kh gg. (The Works of Iosif Volotskii in the Context of the 1480-1540s Debate). 390 pp. St. Petersburg: Rossiiskaia natsional'naia biblioteka, 2010. ISBN 978-5819204078. ...
Personality and Place in Russian Culture-Or Not
Simon Dixon, ed., Personality and Place in Russian Culture: Essays in Memory of Lindsey Hughes. 435 pp., illus. London: Modern Humanities Research Association for the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 2010. ISBN-13...
Pogroms in Russian History
Jonathan Dekel-Chen, David Gaunt, Natan M. Meir, and Israel Bartal, eds., Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. 240 pp. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011. ISBN-13 978-0253355201. $34.95. Sam Johnson, Pogroms,...
Russian Philosophy as a Defense of Human Dignity
G. M. Hamburg and Randall A. Poole, eds., A History of Russian Philosophy, 1830-1930: Faith, Reason, and the Defense of Human Dignity. 440 pp. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN-13 978-0521884501, $131.00. This new volume reflects...
Sergei Witte and the Press: A Study in Careerism and Statecraft
"How intelligent he is, but what a scoundrel!" --Prince V. M. Golitsyn, 1898 (1) Scholars have insufficiently integrated Sergei Iul'evich Witte's relationship with the press into his biography. Two published exceptions that prove the rule have focused...
Soviet Urban Planning, Housing Policies, and De-Stalinization
Mark B. Smith, Property of Communists: The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev. 240 pp. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010. ISBN-13 978-0875804231. $40.00. Paul Stronski, Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966. 350...
Speaking Sharia to the State: Muslim Protesters, Tsarist Officials, and the Islamic Discourses of Late Imperial Russia
In the final decades of the 19th century, a crisis broke out in the relations between government officials and Muslim communities in the province of Kazan. A cultural borderland located within a centralizing imperial heartland, Kazan represented one...
The Kritika Review Demystified
Book reviews in Kritika are a peculiar genre. Typically, more than one book is examined, and the titles originate in different countries, reflecting the aim with which the journal was established: to bring scholars across the world into dialogue with...
Viktor Markovich Zhivov (1945-2013)
On 17 April, Viktor Zhivov died in Berkeley, California, just a few weeks after having been diagnosed with lung cancer at age 68. He was one of the most engaged scholars of Russian language, culture, history, and religion. An immensely generous human...
Where Did All the Normal People Go? Another Look at the Soviet 1970s
Vasilii Boiarintsev, My--Khippi: Sbornik rasskazov (We Are Hippies: A Collection of Stories). 158 pp. Moscow-San Franscisco: Lulu, 2004. No ISBN. Il'ia Kabakov, 60-70e ... Zapiski o neofitsial'noi zhizni v Moskve (The 1960s and 1970s: Notes on Unofficial...
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