Publisert av: Trine | 20/05/2011

Russland: politikk, kultur, historie, m.m.

Vi har nå mange nye bøker som er russlandsrelatert. Bøker om kultur, politikk, historie, m.m. Her er 12 av dem.

Lenin’s brother : the origins of the October Revolution – Philip Pomper
In 1886, Alexander Ulyanov, a brilliant biology student, joined a group of students at St Petersburg University to plot the assassination of Russia’s tsar. This title uncovers the story of Alexander’s transformation from ascetic student to terrorist and the impact his fate had on Lenin, his younger brother.

The boy from Baby House 10 : how one child escaped the nightmare of a Russian orphanage – Alan Philps and John Lahutsky
This is the affecting true story of a remarkable young boy named John Lahutsky. John, born in Russia in 1990, was afflicted with cerebral palsy, abandoned by his birth mother and consigned to certain death in the deplorable orphanages and asylums of Russia. He was discovered, living half naked and confined in an iron-barred cot for 24 hours a day. But he refused to succumb to the regime of abuse, and enlisted a range of people to help him escape.

Understanding Russian politics – Stephen White
A fresh and compelling interpretation of Russian politics by a leading authority, this textbook focuses on political developments in the world’s largest country under Putin and Medvedev. Using a wealth of primary sources, it covers economic, social and foreign policy, and the ‘system’ of politics that has developed in recent years. Opposing arguments are presented and students are encouraged to reach their own judgements on key events and issues such as privatisation and corruption.

Why not parties in Russia? : democracy, federalism, and the state – Henry E. Hale
Russia poses a major puzzle for theorists of party development. Whereas virtually every classic work takes political parties to be inevitable and essential to democracy, Russia has been dominated by non-partisan politicians ever since communism collapsed. This book mobilizes fresh public opinion surveys, interviews with leading Russian politicians, careful tracking of multiple campaigns, and analysis of national and regional voting patterns to show why Russia stands out.

Revolution 1989 : the fall of the Soviet empire – Victor Sebestyen
Drawing on his firsthand knowledge as a reporter of the events of 1989, on scores of interviews with other witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material, Sebestyen chronicles the events that lead to revolution and the fall of Communism.

The magical chorus : a history of Russian culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn – Solomon Volkov
From the reign of Tsar Nicholas II to the brutal cult of Stalin to the ebullient, uncertain days of perestroika, nowhere has the inextricable relationship between politics and culture been more starkly illustrated than in twentieth-century Russia. In the first book to fully examine the intricate and often deadly interconnection between Russian rulers and Russian artists, cultural historian Solomon Volkov (who experienced firsthand many of the events he describes) brings to life the human stories behind some of the greatest masterpieces of our time.

Molotov’s magic lantern : a journey in Russian history – Rachel Polonsky
When Rachel Polonsky went to live in Moscow, she found an apartment block in Romanov Street, once a residence of the Soviet elite. One of those ghostly neighbours was Stalin’s henchman Vyacheslav Molotov. In his former apartment, Rachel Polonsky discovered his library and an old magic lantern.

Glemt soldat : fra Østfronten til Gulag – Sigurd Senje
Boken handler om den norske østfrontsoldaten Wolfgang, en av 7000 unge norske soldater som sluttet seg til Hitlers styrker for å kjempe på østfronten under den annen verdenskrig. Han ble tatt til fange i 1944 og tilbrakte 10 år i russisk fangenskap. Her forteller han om sine opplevelser på østfronten og i sovjetisk krigsfangenskap.

The many lives of Khrushchev’s thaw : experience and memory in Moscow’s Arbat – Stephen V. Bittner
The Arbat neighborhood in central Moscow has long been home to many of Russia’s most famous artists, writers, and scholars, as well as several of its leading cultural establishments. In an elegantly written and evocative portrait of a unique urban space at a time of transition, Stephen V. Bittner explores how the neighborhood changed during the period of ideological relaxation under Khrushchev that came to be known as the thaw.

Å være tsjetsjener : krig og fred sett med skoleelevers øyne – Grigorij Sjvedov, Irina Sjtsjerbakova
Drap, forsvinninger og tortur er blitt dagligdags for mange tsjetsjenske familier, og nesten en hel generasjon av barn har vokst opp med krig rundt seg. I denne boken forteller ungdommer om sine opplevelser, om hvordan det er å vokse opp i krig, hva de tenker om sin egen situasjon og om hvordan de opplever hverdagen. Mange er opptatt av sitt lands og sine forfedres historie, og reflekterer rundt hvorfor situasjonen er som den er i Tsjetsjenia.

The Caucasus : an introduction – Thomas de Waal
In The Caucasus, de Waal provides this richer, deeper, and much-needed appreciation, one that reveals that the South Caucasus–Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, and their many smaller regions, enclaves, and breakaway entities–is a fascinating and distinct world unto itself. Providing both historical background and an insightful analysis of the period after 1991, de Waal sheds light on how the region has been scarred by the tumultuous scramble for independence and the three major conflicts that broke out with the end of the Soviet Union–Nagorny Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.

The many deaths of Tsar Nicholas II : relics, remains and the Romanovs – Wendy Slater
How did Nicholas II, Russia’s last Tsar, meet his death? Shot point blank in a bungled execution by radical Bolsheviks in the Urals, Nicholas and his family disappeared from history in the Soviet era. But in the 1970s, a local geologist and a crime fiction writer discovered the location of their clandestine mass grave, and secretly removed three skulls, before reburying them, afraid of the consequences of their find. Yet the history of Nicholas’ execution and the discovery of his remains are not the only stories connected with the death of the last Tsar.

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