Kritika

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall

An Interview with Laura Engelstein
Any list of the most important figures in the field of Russian history would surely include Laura Engelstein, recently retired as Henry S. McNeil Professor of Russian History from Yale University. Renowned for her incisive mind and her analytical acuity,...
A World of Camps
Bettina Greiner and Alan Kramer, eds., Die Welt der Lager: Zur "Erfolgsgeschichte " einer Institution (The World of the Camps: The "Success Story" of an Institution). 359 pp. Hamburg: Hamburger Editionen, 2013. ISBN-13 978-3868542677. 32.00 [euro]....
Courtrooms Most Russian?
Louise McReynolds, Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia. 275 pp. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012. ISBN-13 978-0801451454. $35.00. Every scholar of Russian history knows Raskol'nikov well, but the history...
Emotions, Trust, and Loyalty: The Fabric and Expression of Immaterial Relationships in History
Eugenia Belova and Valery Lazarev, Funding Loyalty: The Economics of the Communist Party. 210 pp. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN-13 978-0300164367. $40.00. Geoffrey Hosking, ed., "Trust and Distrust in the USSR." 154 pp. Special issue...
Muscovy's Conquest of Kazan
Matthew P. Romaniello, The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671. xiii + 297 pp., maps, illus. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. ISBN-13 978-0299285142. $29.95. Non-Orthodox and non-Slavic populations initially...
Narrating Mary's Miracles and the Politics of Location in Late 17th-Century East Slavic Orthodoxy
The subject of this paper is miracles, specifically Marian miracle tales that, between the mid-1660s and the early 18th century, emanated from the pens of Ukrainian monks in such profusion that they, along with several other new works of Mariology...
Rubles for Victory: The Social Dynamics of State Fundraising on the Soviet Home Front
A point of pride in the Soviet Union was that its people paid for an entire year of the Great Patriotic War. In one historian's estimate, around 388 million rubles were spent each day for a total of 1,418 days; taken together, revenues from war bonds,...
"The Encounter between Personal Commitment and Scholarly Curiosity": A Reappreciation of Sergei Fedorovich Platonov's Ocherki Po Istorii Smuty
To a question he himself posed--"Why read the great nineteenth-century historians?"--the Harvard historian John Clive attempted a "short answer," which actually turned out to be longish: Because they wrote well; because they may be said to have ...
The Great Patriotic War and Soviet Society: Defeatism, 1941-42
In October 1941, David Kaufman, a Moscow student and aspiring poet, wrote in his diary: "The Civil War was our fathers. The Five Year Plan, our older brothers. The Patriotic War of '41, this is us.... The people of our generation, from diverse walks...
Toward a Sociocultural History of the Soviet Second World War
When Elena Kozhina arrived in the Cossack village of Koshevka, 80 kilometers outside of Rostov-on-Don in 1942, the eight-year-old was close to death by starvation. One of the survivors of a family that had endured, first, the blockade of Leningrad,...
Ukrainians, Cossacks, Mazepists
Viktor Brekhunenko, Kozaky na stepovomu kordoni levropy: Typolohiia kozats 'kykh spil'not XVI--pershoi polovyny XVII st. (Cossacks on Europe's Steppe Frontier: Typology of Cossack Communities in the 16th and First Half of the 17th Centuries). 504 pp....
Uneasy Alliances: Bolshevik Co-Optation Policy and the Case of Chechen Sheikh Ali Mitaev
On 15 January 1923, a high-ranking Soviet delegation traveled to Urus-Martan, the biggest aul (village) of Chechnya. The purpose was to inform the population that the Soviet government had granted the Chechens an autonomous region (avtonomnaia oblast')....
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