Russian Research Guide

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Start with these recommended resources in this discipline.

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Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Cambridge Companions
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov, The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii
  • Cambridge Histories
    Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge History of Russia
  • Oxford Dictionaries
    English to non-English translations (and vice versa), phrases, some grammar, and more.
Check out these resources first (also see the Primary Sources research guide).
  • Stalin Digital Archive
    Primary source materials from Stalin's personal papers and monographs on communism. Includes Russian State Archive of Social and Political History documents and the Annals of Communism series.
  • Eastern European and Slavic Studies Collection
    Primary and secondary materials relating to the study of this region including its history, literature, language, political science and more, via University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Collections of note include Russian political and satirical journals, and the Pushkin Collection.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.

The Imperial Russian Project : Autocratic Politics, Economic Development, and Social Fragmentation (Rieber, Alfred, author.) Frost Library; DK189 .R54 2017

Road to revolution, : A century of Russian radicalism. (Yarmolinsky, Avrahm, 1890-1975.) Frost Library; DK189 .Y3 1959

John Ledyard's journey through Russia and Siberia, 1787-1788 : the journals and selected letters (Ledyard, John, 1751-1789.) Frost Library; DK23 .L36 2011

Overtaken by the night : one Russian's journey through peace, war, revolution, & terror (Robbins, Richard G., 1939-, author.) Frost Library; DK254.D96 R63 2017

Trotsky on Lenin (Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L4 T77 2017

Reminiscences of Lenin (Krupskaya, Nadezhda Konstantinovna, 1869-1939, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L42 K78 2018

Royal Russia : from the James Blair Lovell archive (Townend, Carol.) Frost Library; DK259.4 .T69 1998 xx

Rethinking the Russian Revolution as historical divide Frost Library; DK265 .R3858 2018

Russia in upheaval (Ross, Edward Alsworth, 1866-1951, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .R7 2017

FAMILY NETWORKS AND THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT, 1870-1940. (Turton, Katy.) Frost Library; DK265 .T87 2018

The February Revolution, Petrograd, 1917 (Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; DK265.19 .H37 2017

Red flag unfurled : history, historians, and the Russian Revolution (Suny, Ronald Grigor, author.) Frost Library; DK265.A553 S74 2017

Writing history in the Soviet Union : making the past work (Banerji, Arup, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DK266.A33 B36 2018

Stalin's economic advisors : the Varga Institute and the making of Soviet foreign policy (Roh, Kyung Deok, author.) Frost Library; DK268.5 .R64 2018

Stalin : from theology to the philosophy of socialism in power (Boer, Roland, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 B54 2017

Joseph Stalin : [rare photographs from wartime archives] (Blundell, Nigel, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 B58 2017

Re-emerging Russia : structures, institutions and processes (Chenoy, Anuradha M., author.) Frost Library; DK293 .C52 2017

Russia before and after Crimea : nationalism and identity 2010-17 Frost Library; DK295 .R87 2018

The Black Russian (Alexandrov, Vladimir E., author.) Frost Library; DK34.B53 A43 2014

The Jews of Khazaria (Brook, Kevin Alan, author.) Frost Library; DK34.K45 B76 2018

Long night at the Vepsian Museum (Davidov, Veronica, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; DK34.V4 D38 2017

A history of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia (Christian, David, 1946-) Frost Library; DK40 .C49 1998

A history of Russia (Riasanovsky, Nicholas V. (Nicholas Valentine), 1923-2011, author.) Frost Library; DK40 .R5 2019

A history of the Baltic states (Kasekamp, Andres, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DK502.7 .K37 2017

Soviet postcolonial studies : a view from the western borderlands (Annus, Epp, author.) Frost Library; DK502.74 .A55 2018

Ukraine and Europe : cultural encounters and negotiations Frost Library; DK508.57.E85 U47 2017

Ukraine over the edge : Russia, the West, and the "new Cold War" (Hahn, Gordon M., author.) Frost Library; DK508.846 .H38 2018

Greetings from Novorossiya : eyewitness to the war in Ukraine (Pieniążek, Paweł, author.) Frost Library; DK508.847 .P5413 2017

Ukraine and the empire of capital : from marketisation to armed conflict (Yurchenko, Yuliya, author.) Frost Library; DK508.848 .Y87 2018

Triangular diplomacy among the United States, the European Union, and the Russian Federation Frost Library; DK508.849 .T75 2018

Through times of trouble : conflict in southeastern Ukraine explained from within (Matveeva, Anna, author.) Frost Library; DK508.852 .M428 2018

Claiming Crimea : a history of Catherine the Great's southern empire (O'Neill, Kelly Ann, author.) Frost Library; DK508.9.K78 O54 2017

The Sovietization of Azerbaijan (Hasanli, Jamil, author.) Frost Library; DK509 .H38 2018

The archaeology of the Caucasus : from earliest settlements to the Iron Age (Sagona, A. G., author.) Frost Library; DK509 .S23 2018

Resettling the borderlands : state relocations and ethnic conflict in the South Caucasus (Shafiyev, Farid, 1969- author.) Frost Library; DK509 .S524 2018

Putinomics : power and money in resurgent Russia (Miller, Chris (Research fellow) author.) Frost Library; DK510.76 .M56 2018

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia (Gessen, Masha, author.) Frost Library; DK510.763 .G48 2017

The long hangover : Putin's new Russia and the ghosts of the past (Walker, Shaun, author.) Frost Library; DK510.763 .W34 2018

Russia's turn to the East : domestic policymaking and regional cooperation Frost Library; DK510.764 .R887 2018

Russia against the rest : the post-Cold War crisis of world order (Sakwa, Richard, author.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .S25 2017

The man without a face : the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin (Gessen, Masha, author.) Frost Library; DK510.766.P87 G47 2013

Myth making in the Soviet Union and modern Russia (Davis, Vicky, author.) Frost Library; DK651.N666 D38 2018

China and Russia : the new rapprochement (Lukin, Alexander, author.) Frost Library; DK68.7.C5 L8525 2018

The Kingdom of Rus' (Raffensperger, Christian, author.) Frost Library; DK73 .R238 2017

The rise and fall of Khoqand, 1709-1876 : Central Asia in the global age (Levi, Scott Cameron, author.) Frost Library; DK948.83 .L48 2017

The same night awaits us all : diary of a novel (Karastoi͡anov, Khristo, author. Карастоянов, Христо, author.) Frost Library; PG1038.21.A744 E3613 2018

The house of remembering and forgetting (David, Filip, 1940- author.) Frost Library; PG1419.14.A9 K8313 2017

Directions for use : selected poems (Ristović, Ana, 1972- author.) Frost Library; PG1920.28.I88 A2 2017

Troika : a communicative approach to Russian language, life, and culture (Nummikoski, Marita.) Frost Library; PG2129.E5 N86 2012

The irony of the ideal : paradoxes of Russian literature (Epstein, Mikhail, author.) Frost Library; PG2986 .E7713 2018

Noble subjects : the Russian novel and the gentry, 1762-1861 (Grigoryan, Bella, author.) Frost Library; PG3095 .G75 2018

Russian grotesque realism : the great reforms and the gentry decline (Kokobobo, Ani, author.) Frost Library; PG3096.G76 K65 2018

Crime and punishment (Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881, author.) Frost Library; PG3326 .P7 2018

Dostoevsky and the riddle of the self (Corrigan, Yuri, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; PG3328.Z7 S4536 2017

The beauties : essential stories (Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904, author.) Frost Library; PG3456.A15 S53 2017

The seagull : a comedy in four acts (Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904, author.) Frost Library; PG3456.C5 N45 2017

Sisters of the cross (Remizov, Alekseĭ, 1877-1957, author.) Frost Library; PG3470.R4 K713 2018

The Mongol conquests in the novels of Vasily Yan : an intellectual biography (Shlapentokh, Dmitry, author.) Frost Library; PG3470.Y36 Z86 2017

"A double burden, a double cross" : Andrei Sobol as a Russian-Jewish writer (Khazan, Vladimir, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.S577 Z69 2017

Earthly signs : Moscow diaries, 1917-1922 (T︠S︡vetaeva, Marina, 1892-1941, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.T75 A2 2017

Oz behind the Iron Curtain : Aleksandr Volkov and his Magic Land series (Haber, Erika, author,) Frost Library; PG3476.V6367 Z66 2017

Time of gratitude (Aĭgi, Gennadiĭ, 1934-2006, author.) Frost Library; PG3478.I35 A2 2017

Death of a prototype : the portrait (Beĭlis, V. A. (Viktor Aleksandrovich) author.) Frost Library; PG3479.3.I43 S6413 2017

Found life : poems, stories, comics, a play, & an interview (Goralik, Linor, author.) Frost Library; PG3481.2.R117 A2 2018

Aetherial worlds : stories (Tolstai︠a︡, Tatʹi︠a︡na, 1951 May 3-, author.) Frost Library; PG3489.O476 A2 2018

Poezd pribyvaet v Boston : rasskazy i ocherki (Bukhin, Evgeniĭ, author.) Frost Library; PG3491.46.U42 Z46 2017

The white chalk of days : the contemporary Ukrainian literature series anthology Frost Library; PG3932 .W48 2017

Words for war : new poems from Ukraine Frost Library; PG3934.4.W37 W67 2017

In the name of the father : and other stories (Balla, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PG5439.12.A448 A2 2017