Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya by Sebastian Smith

By Sebastian Smith

Publish yr note: First released in 1998
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Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged through its rugged good looks and but its background is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly non-stop warfare. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep an eye on of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by means of one of the most useful oil pipelines on the planet.

The newest clash to brush around the zone all started whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian infantrymen and millions extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, background and warfare journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way background might be written. Smith's account of the old history to the clash reads like a unique, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a in particular terrible warfare. - Literary assessment it is a riveting ebook, written with virtually seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs

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By Sebastian Smith

Publish yr note: First released in 1998
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Ancient visitors referred to as the Caucasus the mountain of languages. Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Arabs, Mongols and Turks have all undergone the zone; poets and artists were encouraged through its rugged good looks and but its background is a sad one - for hundreds of years it's been ravaged by means of nearly non-stop warfare. each 50 years, it sort of feels, Russia makes an attempt to take keep an eye on of this highly strategic a part of the realm - sandwiched because it is among Iran, Turkey and Russia and crossed by means of one of the most useful oil pipelines on the planet.

The newest clash to brush around the zone all started whilst Vladimir Putin invaded Chechnya in 1999. hundreds of thousands of Russian infantrymen and millions extra Chechens - either rebels and civilians - died and Chechnya's cities and towns have been bombed past popularity. Sebastian Smith travelled to Chechnya in this interval.

A mix of travelogue, background and warfare journalism, Allah's Mountains tells the tale of the clash among this state of mountain tribes and the may possibly of the Russian military. A relocating instance of the way background might be written. Smith's account of the old history to the clash reads like a unique, yet higher, since it additionally has the intimacy and immediacy of an eyewitness account. He has given us a memorable, well-researched account of a in particular terrible warfare. - Literary assessment it is a riveting ebook, written with virtually seemless beauty. - foreign Affairs

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The Master and Margarita (Penguin Classics) by Mikhail Bulgakov

By Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet existence was once written through the darkest interval of Stalin's regime. Combining particular but interwoven parts-one set in historic Jerusalem, one in modern Moscow-the novel veers from moods of untamed theatricality with violent storms, vampire assaults, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes because the assembly of Pilate and Yeshua, and the homicide of Judas within the moonlit backyard of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like truth of Moscow. Its critical characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue-including the vodka-drinking, black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a author identified in basic terms because the grasp, and his passionate spouse, Margarita-exist in a global that blends myth and chilling realism, an crafty university of grostesqueries, darkish comedy, and undying moral questions.

even supposing accomplished in 1940, The grasp and Margarita used to be no longer released in Moscow until eventually 1966, while the 1st half seemed within the journal Moskva. It used to be a right away and enduring luck: Audiences spoke back with nice enthusiasm to its expression of inventive and religious freedom. This new translation has been produced from the total and unabridged Russian texts.

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By Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet existence was once written through the darkest interval of Stalin's regime. Combining particular but interwoven parts-one set in historic Jerusalem, one in modern Moscow-the novel veers from moods of untamed theatricality with violent storms, vampire assaults, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes because the assembly of Pilate and Yeshua, and the homicide of Judas within the moonlit backyard of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like truth of Moscow. Its critical characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue-including the vodka-drinking, black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a author identified in basic terms because the grasp, and his passionate spouse, Margarita-exist in a global that blends myth and chilling realism, an crafty university of grostesqueries, darkish comedy, and undying moral questions.

even supposing accomplished in 1940, The grasp and Margarita used to be no longer released in Moscow until eventually 1966, while the 1st half seemed within the journal Moskva. It used to be a right away and enduring luck: Audiences spoke back with nice enthusiasm to its expression of inventive and religious freedom. This new translation has been produced from the total and unabridged Russian texts.

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Russia After the War: Hopes, Illusions and Disappointments, by Elena Zubkova

By Elena Zubkova

Translated and edited through Hugh Ragsdale

The years of past due Stalinism are one of many murkiest classes in Soviet historical past, top identified to us during the voices of Ehrenburg, Khrushchev and Solzhenitsyn. this can be a sweeping historical past of Russia from the top of the conflict to the Thaw via considered one of Russia's revered more youthful historians. Drawing at the assets of newly opened records in addition to the new outpouring of released diaries and memoirs, Elena Zubkova provides a richly distinctive portrayal of the elemental stipulations of people's lives in Soviet Russia from 1945 to 1957. She brings out the dynamics of postwar renowned expectancies and the cultural stirrings set in movement by way of the wartime adventure as opposed to the regime's choice to reassert command over territories and populations and the mechanisms of repression. Her interpretation of the interval establishes the context for the liberalizing and reformist impulses that surfaced within the post-Stalin succession fight, characterizing what will be the formative interval for a destiny new release of leaders: Gorbachev, Yeltsin and their contemporaries.

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By Elena Zubkova

Translated and edited through Hugh Ragsdale

The years of past due Stalinism are one of many murkiest classes in Soviet historical past, top identified to us during the voices of Ehrenburg, Khrushchev and Solzhenitsyn. this can be a sweeping historical past of Russia from the top of the conflict to the Thaw via considered one of Russia's revered more youthful historians. Drawing at the assets of newly opened records in addition to the new outpouring of released diaries and memoirs, Elena Zubkova provides a richly distinctive portrayal of the elemental stipulations of people's lives in Soviet Russia from 1945 to 1957. She brings out the dynamics of postwar renowned expectancies and the cultural stirrings set in movement by way of the wartime adventure as opposed to the regime's choice to reassert command over territories and populations and the mechanisms of repression. Her interpretation of the interval establishes the context for the liberalizing and reformist impulses that surfaced within the post-Stalin succession fight, characterizing what will be the formative interval for a destiny new release of leaders: Gorbachev, Yeltsin and their contemporaries.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The intense "One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich is without doubt one of the most vital and outspoken literary records ever to return out of Soviet Russia. A brutal depiction of existence in a Stalinist camp and a relocating tribute to man's triumph of will over relentless dehumanization, this can be Alexander Sotzhenitsyn's first novel to win overseas acclaim. The Soviet Union ultimately revoked the author's citizenship and had him deported, and he merely lower back lately after the cave in of the U.S.S.R.

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By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The intense "One Day within the lifetime of Ivan Denisovich is without doubt one of the most vital and outspoken literary records ever to return out of Soviet Russia. A brutal depiction of existence in a Stalinist camp and a relocating tribute to man's triumph of will over relentless dehumanization, this can be Alexander Sotzhenitsyn's first novel to win overseas acclaim. The Soviet Union ultimately revoked the author's citizenship and had him deported, and he merely lower back lately after the cave in of the U.S.S.R.

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Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution by Kenneth B. Moss

By Kenneth B. Moss

among 1917 and 1921, as revolution convulsed Russia, Jewish intellectuals and writers around the crumbling empire threw themselves into the pursuit of a “Jewish renaissance.” on the center in their application lay a appreciably new imaginative and prescient of Jewish tradition predicated now not on faith yet on paintings and secular individuality, nationwide in scope but cosmopolitan in content material, framed by way of a fierce devotion to Hebrew or Yiddish but enthusiastic about uploading and collaborating within the shared tradition of Europe and the realm. those cultural warriors sought to recast themselves and different Jews not just as a latest country yet as a country of moderns.

Kenneth Moss bargains the 1st accomplished examine this attention-grabbing second in Jewish and Russian historical past. He examines what those a variety of would-be cultural revolutionaries, reminiscent of El Lissitzky and Haim Nahman Bialik, intended by means of a brand new Jewish tradition, and information their fierce disagreements but additionally their shared assumptions approximately what tradition was once and why it used to be so vital. In shut readings of Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian texts, he strains how they sought to gain their beliefs in perform as writers, artists, and thinkers within the burgeoning cultural facilities of Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. And he finds what occurred to them and their beliefs because the Bolsheviks consolidated their carry over cultural lifestyles.

here's a awesome, revisionist argument concerning the nature of cultural nationalism, the connection among nationalism and socialism as ideological structures, and tradition itself, the axis round which the stumble upon among Jews and ecu modernity has pivoted during the last century.

(20100212)

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By Kenneth B. Moss

among 1917 and 1921, as revolution convulsed Russia, Jewish intellectuals and writers around the crumbling empire threw themselves into the pursuit of a “Jewish renaissance.” on the center in their application lay a appreciably new imaginative and prescient of Jewish tradition predicated now not on faith yet on paintings and secular individuality, nationwide in scope but cosmopolitan in content material, framed by way of a fierce devotion to Hebrew or Yiddish but enthusiastic about uploading and collaborating within the shared tradition of Europe and the realm. those cultural warriors sought to recast themselves and different Jews not just as a latest country yet as a country of moderns.

Kenneth Moss bargains the 1st accomplished examine this attention-grabbing second in Jewish and Russian historical past. He examines what those a variety of would-be cultural revolutionaries, reminiscent of El Lissitzky and Haim Nahman Bialik, intended by means of a brand new Jewish tradition, and information their fierce disagreements but additionally their shared assumptions approximately what tradition was once and why it used to be so vital. In shut readings of Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian texts, he strains how they sought to gain their beliefs in perform as writers, artists, and thinkers within the burgeoning cultural facilities of Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. And he finds what occurred to them and their beliefs because the Bolsheviks consolidated their carry over cultural lifestyles.

here's a awesome, revisionist argument concerning the nature of cultural nationalism, the connection among nationalism and socialism as ideological structures, and tradition itself, the axis round which the stumble upon among Jews and ecu modernity has pivoted during the last century.

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Mannen utan ansikte by Masha Gessen

By Masha Gessen

Efter att ha kommit until makten som premiärminister och därefter president i Ryssland 1999 har Vladimir Putin gradvis utmanövrerat och eliminerat sina politiska rivaler. Han har nedmonterat landets sköra demokrati, inte minst genom sitt järnhårda grepp om medierna.

Som verksam i Ryssland har den rysk-amerikanska journalisten Masha Gessen själv upplevt denna förändring och fått bevittna hur flera av hennes vänner och kolleger trakasserats och försvunnit less than oklara omständigheter. Hon företräder den iteration som satsade allt på frihetens och demokratins väg för Ryssland efter Sovjetunionens fall. I dag hör hon until dem som går i främsta ledet i demonstrationerna mot valfusk och vanstyre.

Mannen utan ansikte är en sensationell, modig och upprörande berättelse om Putins väg until eventually makten. Den ger en unik och initierad bild av en skrupelfri och manipulerande ledare för ett av världens största och mäktigaste länder.

Ur bokens förord av Stig Fredrikson: "Masha Gessen beskriver Rysslands moderna historia inifrån. Hon är en journalist som varit med själv. Hon har upplevt och rapporterat om alla de viktigaste händelserna i Ryssland de senaste tjugo åren som korrespondent för amerikanska och ryska tidskrifter. Dessutom bygger boken på en omfattande och imponerande learn. Den är ett stycke klassisk undersökande journalistik, och Masha Gessen har delvis haft tillgång until eventually källor som inte har berättat tidigare. Det gör boken mer övertygande, och skrämmande. Att hon har fått vissa nyckelpersoner att ställa upp och framträda med namn, i stället för att citera anonyma källor, stärker i hög grad hennes framställning. Masha Gessen är medveten om att innehållet i boken är politisk dynamit. Hon vet också att hon i fortsättningen förmodligen riskerar sin personliga säkerhet. Spåren förskräcker. Av alla Putinböckerna i min bokhylla är det fram until nu en som har stuckit ut: den som Anna Politkovskaja skrev om "Putins Ryssland". Nu kommer Masha Gessens bok att stå bredvid Politkovskajas, med hopp om att hon inte ska behöva dela hennes öde."

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By Masha Gessen

Efter att ha kommit until makten som premiärminister och därefter president i Ryssland 1999 har Vladimir Putin gradvis utmanövrerat och eliminerat sina politiska rivaler. Han har nedmonterat landets sköra demokrati, inte minst genom sitt järnhårda grepp om medierna.

Som verksam i Ryssland har den rysk-amerikanska journalisten Masha Gessen själv upplevt denna förändring och fått bevittna hur flera av hennes vänner och kolleger trakasserats och försvunnit less than oklara omständigheter. Hon företräder den iteration som satsade allt på frihetens och demokratins väg för Ryssland efter Sovjetunionens fall. I dag hör hon until dem som går i främsta ledet i demonstrationerna mot valfusk och vanstyre.

Mannen utan ansikte är en sensationell, modig och upprörande berättelse om Putins väg until eventually makten. Den ger en unik och initierad bild av en skrupelfri och manipulerande ledare för ett av världens största och mäktigaste länder.

Ur bokens förord av Stig Fredrikson: "Masha Gessen beskriver Rysslands moderna historia inifrån. Hon är en journalist som varit med själv. Hon har upplevt och rapporterat om alla de viktigaste händelserna i Ryssland de senaste tjugo åren som korrespondent för amerikanska och ryska tidskrifter. Dessutom bygger boken på en omfattande och imponerande learn. Den är ett stycke klassisk undersökande journalistik, och Masha Gessen har delvis haft tillgång until eventually källor som inte har berättat tidigare. Det gör boken mer övertygande, och skrämmande. Att hon har fått vissa nyckelpersoner att ställa upp och framträda med namn, i stället för att citera anonyma källor, stärker i hög grad hennes framställning. Masha Gessen är medveten om att innehållet i boken är politisk dynamit. Hon vet också att hon i fortsättningen förmodligen riskerar sin personliga säkerhet. Spåren förskräcker. Av alla Putinböckerna i min bokhylla är det fram until nu en som har stuckit ut: den som Anna Politkovskaja skrev om "Putins Ryssland". Nu kommer Masha Gessens bok att stå bredvid Politkovskajas, med hopp om att hon inte ska behöva dela hennes öde."

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Soldiers of the Tsar: Army and Society in Russia, 1462-1874 by John L. Keep

By John L. Keep

Even if trendy amazing Soviet warfare computing device has pre-revolutionary roots is an issue for debate between historians. however it is widely known that the grand princes of Moscow created a harsh yet powerful process for mobilizing males for army reasons that lasted for almost 500 years. This quantity explores the army features of Russian society and the "service nation" from its 15th-century origins till its obsolescence within the age of mass conscription and mechanized conflict. the writer examines the complicated interaction of army and civilian parts in Russia's management; the social and financial effect of the defense force; the way in which officials and males have been recruited and the stipulations within which they labored; and the advance of competition to army dominance. concentrating on the human instead of the technical elements of army background, this publication bargains a unprecedented photograph of the internal lifetime of the defense force and of the Russian political and social method below the tsars.

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By John L. Keep

Even if trendy amazing Soviet warfare computing device has pre-revolutionary roots is an issue for debate between historians. however it is widely known that the grand princes of Moscow created a harsh yet powerful process for mobilizing males for army reasons that lasted for almost 500 years. This quantity explores the army features of Russian society and the "service nation" from its 15th-century origins till its obsolescence within the age of mass conscription and mechanized conflict. the writer examines the complicated interaction of army and civilian parts in Russia's management; the social and financial effect of the defense force; the way in which officials and males have been recruited and the stipulations within which they labored; and the advance of competition to army dominance. concentrating on the human instead of the technical elements of army background, this publication bargains a unprecedented photograph of the internal lifetime of the defense force and of the Russian political and social method below the tsars.

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The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin, and the Yukos by Richard Sakwa

By Richard Sakwa

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the pinnacle of the Yukos oil corporation, used to be arrested on 25 October 2003. This occasion proved a turning aspect for post-communist Russia and for Vladimir Putin's presidency. through that point Khodorkovsky had develop into one of many world's richest and strongest males, whereas Yukos were remodeled right into a vertically-integrated oil corporation that was once set to move international. On all counts, this appeared like successful tale for Russia, however it was once accurately at this second that the experts struck, and Khodorkovsky used to be later sentenced to 8 years in reformatory. This ebook explains why all of this happened. It offers a few theoretical dialogue in addition to targeted research of the increase and fall of Yukos, and with it the improvement of the Russian oil undefined. It additionally examines the connection among the nation and large company in the course of Russia's disturbing shift from the Soviet deliberate economic system to the industry process, in addition to Russia's emergence as an 'energy superpower'. The assault on Khodorkovsky had far-reaching political and fiscal results however it additionally raised primary questions about the standard of freedom in modern Russia in addition to on the planet at huge

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By Richard Sakwa

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the pinnacle of the Yukos oil corporation, used to be arrested on 25 October 2003. This occasion proved a turning aspect for post-communist Russia and for Vladimir Putin's presidency. through that point Khodorkovsky had develop into one of many world's richest and strongest males, whereas Yukos were remodeled right into a vertically-integrated oil corporation that was once set to move international. On all counts, this appeared like successful tale for Russia, however it was once accurately at this second that the experts struck, and Khodorkovsky used to be later sentenced to 8 years in reformatory. This ebook explains why all of this happened. It offers a few theoretical dialogue in addition to targeted research of the increase and fall of Yukos, and with it the improvement of the Russian oil undefined. It additionally examines the connection among the nation and large company in the course of Russia's disturbing shift from the Soviet deliberate economic system to the industry process, in addition to Russia's emergence as an 'energy superpower'. The assault on Khodorkovsky had far-reaching political and fiscal results however it additionally raised primary questions about the standard of freedom in modern Russia in addition to on the planet at huge

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Hitler's Panzer Armies on the Eastern Front by Robert Kirchubel

By Robert Kirchubel

Hitler's panzer armies spearheaded the blitzkrieg at the japanese entrance. They performed a key position in each significant crusade, now not easily as tactical instruments but additionally as operational guns that formed method. Their striking triumphs and their eventual defeat mirrors the destiny of German forces within the East. And but no past learn has focused on the heritage of those elite formations within the sour fight opposed to the Soviet Union. Robert Kirchubel's soaking up and meticulously researched account of the operational heritage of the panzer armies fills this hole within the literature. And it provides a image perception into the association, strategies, scuffling with equipment and morale of the Wehrmacht on the top of its powers and because it struggled to protect the Reich.

Using German resources, together with many first-hand money owed noticeable for the 1st time in English, the writer reconstructs the operations of the panzer armies from the release of Operation Barbarossa in 1941 to the German cave in in might 1945. He follows each one military and its males in the course of the sequence of big offensives and counteroffensives that swung throughout an enormous entrance that stretched from the Baltic within the north to the Caucasus within the south. Their far-reaching campaigns integrated the ill-fated attack on Moscow, anti-partisan operations within the Balkans and the security of Germany¹s native land. His research is a worthy addition to the heritage of the Nazi-Soviet clash and to knowing the half performed via armored formations on the earth struggle as an entire. it's soaking up interpreting.

Robert Kirchubel lately retired from the united states military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in Armor Officer positions starting from tank platoon chief to performing commander of a mechanized brigade. he's a university-trained historian and presently teaches army technology at Purdue collage in Indiana. He has made a distinct research of armored battle and the warfare at the jap entrance, and has lately released a three-volume account of Operation Barbarossa. He has additionally written on different elements of the second one global struggle in Europe and the Pacific, and he has contributed to The foreign army Encyclopedia.

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By Robert Kirchubel

Hitler's panzer armies spearheaded the blitzkrieg at the japanese entrance. They performed a key position in each significant crusade, now not easily as tactical instruments but additionally as operational guns that formed method. Their striking triumphs and their eventual defeat mirrors the destiny of German forces within the East. And but no past learn has focused on the heritage of those elite formations within the sour fight opposed to the Soviet Union. Robert Kirchubel's soaking up and meticulously researched account of the operational heritage of the panzer armies fills this hole within the literature. And it provides a image perception into the association, strategies, scuffling with equipment and morale of the Wehrmacht on the top of its powers and because it struggled to protect the Reich.

Using German resources, together with many first-hand money owed noticeable for the 1st time in English, the writer reconstructs the operations of the panzer armies from the release of Operation Barbarossa in 1941 to the German cave in in might 1945. He follows each one military and its males in the course of the sequence of big offensives and counteroffensives that swung throughout an enormous entrance that stretched from the Baltic within the north to the Caucasus within the south. Their far-reaching campaigns integrated the ill-fated attack on Moscow, anti-partisan operations within the Balkans and the security of Germany¹s native land. His research is a worthy addition to the heritage of the Nazi-Soviet clash and to knowing the half performed via armored formations on the earth struggle as an entire. it's soaking up interpreting.

Robert Kirchubel lately retired from the united states military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in Armor Officer positions starting from tank platoon chief to performing commander of a mechanized brigade. he's a university-trained historian and presently teaches army technology at Purdue collage in Indiana. He has made a distinct research of armored battle and the warfare at the jap entrance, and has lately released a three-volume account of Operation Barbarossa. He has additionally written on different elements of the second one global struggle in Europe and the Pacific, and he has contributed to The foreign army Encyclopedia.

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"an first-class publication, readable, and fast-paced, telling the complete tale of the Panzer armies' advances and finally, their defeat." army Scale Modeler, 02/2010

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