Category Archives: Eastern

Stalin’s Genocides (Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity)

Between the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin’s henchmen. Stalin’s … Continue reading

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Extreme Politics: Nationalism, Violence, and the End of Eastern Europe

Why do some violent conflicts endure across the centuries, while others become dimly remembered ancient struggles among forgotten peoples? Is nationalism really the powerful force that it appeared to be in the 1990s? This wide-ranging work examines the conceptual intersection … Continue reading

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Cumans and Tatars: Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185-1365

The Cumans and the Tatars were nomadic warriors of the Eurasian steppe who exerted an enduring impact on the medieval Balkans. With this work, István Vásáry presents an extensive examination of their history from 1185 to 1365. The basic instrument … Continue reading

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Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages: A Cultural History (International Library of Historical Studies)

Our understanding of medieval Central and Eastern Europe is being revitalized by new directions in cultural history. Careful and detailed portraits of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century life in the region shed new light on the city, the court, the school and … Continue reading

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Czech, German, and Noble: Status and National Identity in Habsburg Bohemia

Czech, German, and Noble examines the intellectual ideas and political challenges that inspired patriotic activity among the Bohemian nobility, the infusion of national identity into public and institutional life, and the role of the nobility in crafting and supporting the … Continue reading

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The Mannerheim Line 1920-39: Finnish Fortifications of the Winter War (Fortress)

In the wake of the bloody civil war that followed Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917, the border between the two countries was established across the Karelian Isthmus, an area long fought over by Russia, Finland and Sweden in their … Continue reading

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The Russian Revolution in Retreat, 192024: Soviet Workers and the New Communist Elite (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

The Russian revolution of 1917 was a defining event of the twentieth century, and its achievements and failures remain controversial in the twenty-first. This book focuses on the retreat from the revolution’s aims in 1920–24, after the civil war and … Continue reading

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Medieval Polish Armies 966-1500 (Men-at-Arms)

The history of Poland is a fascinating study of a people struggling to achieve nationhood in the face of internal and external enemies. Poland became a unified Christian state in AD 966 and by the 12th century a knightly class … Continue reading

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Russia on the Eve of Modernity: Popular Religion and Traditional Culture under the Last Tsars (New Studies in European History)

Russia on the Eve of Modernity is a pioneering exploration of a world that has been largely destroyed by revolutionary upheavals and obscured in historical memory by scholarly focus on elites. Drawing on traditional religious texts, ethnographic materials and contemporary … Continue reading

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The Soviet-Polish Peace of 1921 and the Creation of Interwar Europe

The Soviet-Polish peace treaty of 1921, also known as the “Riga peace,” ended the war of 1919–1920 and may be considered the most important Eastern European treaty of the interwar period. This deeply researched book offers the first post-Soviet account … Continue reading

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