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Russia Bibliography, all periods

copyright 1999 by Historical Novelists Center

The Cultural Atlas of Russia *****!
Facts on File
Like all the books in this series, this serves as both your introductory history text and just about all the atlas you will need. T1

Baidukov, Georgiy

Russian Lindbergh: The Life of Valery Chkalov ****
Fascinating look into the life of the man who led the crew who first flew from Moscow to America via the Pole. T3

Bobrick, Benson

East of the Sun: The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia *****!
Siberia has for 400 years been part of the Russian official mind, whether as a place of cruel and killing exile, or a potential (and actual) goldmine of mineral wealth. Bobrick gives good coverage of the developments, from the original invasions of the aboriginal hunter-gatherers' land through its industrial growth. T2

Carell, Paul

Operation Barbarossa in Photographs ****
Collected from photos now available, 800 taken by both the Soviets and the Nazis. T3

Conquest, Robert

The Great Terror *****!
Recently updated with post-glastnost materials, this classic work on Stalin's rise to power and purposeful use of terror and destruction against the Soviet people was only proved right by the new materials. Note that this is very dense reading, and you had better know all the major players so that the flood of Russian names to remember doesn't drown you. T3

Hingley, Ronald

The Russian Secret Police ****
Dorset Press, NY, 1970; 313 pgs, index, bibliography
Traces this from the Opichnina of Ivan the Terrible forward through the Khruschev era. Especially useful for the operations on foreign soil. T1

Ingraham, Holly

People's Names: A Cross-cultural Reference Guide to the Proper Use of Over 40,000 Personal and Familial Names in Over 100 Cultures *****!
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC; 1997; 613 pgs, index, select annotated bibliography
Of course this has a Russian chapter, including how to form the always-used patronymics and feminize family names. T1

Komech, Alexei

Old Russian Cities *****!
Photos on most pages, concentrating on the specific personality and significance of each city. T1

Kurth, Peter

Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra ****
Little & Brown
Good-sized, well-illustrated look at the private life of the last imperial couple of Russia. T2

Time-Life Books, the editors of

What Life Was Like: In the Time of 'War and Peace'; Imperial Russia AD 1696-1917 ****
Time-Life Books, Alexandria, VA; 1998; 142 pages, index, bibliography
The book may be summed up as three parts. The first emphasizes Catherine the Great; the second deals with country life in Russia -- the most common form of life, including the peasants and serfs, with many interiors of small households; and the third with the fall of the Romanovs in the Bolshevik revolution. The middle section is particularly strong, while the ends are more informative than most non-specialist books. T1

Wettlin, Margaret

Fifty Russian Winters ****
Autobiography of a woman who married a Russian in 1932 after falling in love on visit, and her next half-century in the country. T3

Vasilieva, Larissa

Kremlin Wives ****
Switches the focus from hard-core politics to the personal lives of various leaders -- who often were the wives themselves. Much needed new angle. T2

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