Russian Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
  • Web
  • New Titles
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
    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 Online
    Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge History of Russia
  • Oxford Dictionaries Online
    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 empress of art : Catherine the Great and the transformation of Russia (Jaques, Susan, author.) Frost Library; DK170 .J37 2016

The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen (Kelly, Aileen, M., author.) Frost Library; DK209.6.H4 K445 2016

Military men of feeling : emotion, touch, and masculinity in the Crimean War (Furneaux, Holly, author.) Frost Library; DK214 .F87 2016

Tsar : the lost world of Nicholas and Alexandra (Kurth, Peter.) Frost Library; DK258 .K84 1998 xx

The last days of Stalin (Rubenstein, Joshua, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 R83 2016

The new Russia (Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-, author.) Frost Library; DK290.3.G67 G67213 2016

The Romanovs : 1613-1918 (Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DK37.8.R6 S43 2016

Russia's path toward enlightenment : faith, politics, and reason, 1500-1801 (Hamburg, Gary M., author.) Frost Library; DK39 .H356 2016

The culmination of conflict (Rapawy, Stephen, author.) Frost Library; DK4185.U38 R37 2016

Return of the Cold War : Ukraine, the West and Russia Frost Library; DK508.852 .R47 2016

The Crimean Tatars : from Soviet genocide to Putin's conquest (Williams, Brian Glyn, author.) Frost Library; DK508.9.K78 W54 2015

Genocide in the Carpathians : War, Social Breakdown, and Mass Violence, 1914-1945 (Segal, Raz, author.) Frost Library; DK508.9.Z35 S44 2016

Living Soviet in Ukraine from Stalin to Maidan : under the falling Red Star in Kharkiv (Westrate, Michael T., author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.K53 W47 2016

The paradox of Ukrainian Lviv : a borderland city between Stalinists, Nazis, and nationalists (Amar, Tarik Youssef Cyril, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.L86 A46 2015

The new Russian nationalism : imperialism, ethnicity and authoritarianism 2000-15 Frost Library; DK510.23 .K65 2016

The invention of Russia : from Gorbachev's freedom to Putin's war (Ostrovsky, Arkady, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.76 .O87 2015

The less you know, the better you sleep (Satter, David, 1947-) Frost Library; DK510.763 .S36 2016

Threads of empire : loyalty and tsarist authority in Bashkiria, 1552-1917 (Steinwedel, Charles, author.) Frost Library; DK511.B33 S74 2016

Putin country : a journey into the real Russia (Garrels, Anne, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DK651.C44 G37 2016

Russia in the German global imaginary : imperial visions & utopian desires, 1905-1941 (Casteel, James E., author.) Frost Library; DK67.5.G3 C37 2016

Tsar and Sultan : Russian encounters with the Ottoman Empire (Taki, Viktor, author.) Frost Library; DK67.5.T9 T35 2016

Imperial gamble : Putin, Ukraine, and the new Cold War (Kalb, Marvin L., author.) Frost Library; DK67.5.U38 K35 2015

The Soviet Union and the Horn of Africa during the Cold War : between ideology and pragmatism (Yordanov, Radoslav A., 1979-, author.) Frost Library; DK69.4.E8 Y67 2016

Power politics in Kievan Rusʹ̂ : Vladimir Monomakh and his dynasty, 1054-1246 (Dimnik, Martin, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; DK73 .D54 2016

Dimensions of laughter in Crime and punishment (Spiegel, John, 1932-) Frost Library; PG3325.P73 S68 2000

Tolstoy, Rasputin, others, and me : the best of Teffi (Tėffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952, author.) Frost Library; PG3453.B8 A2 2016

The flight (Gazdanov, Gaito, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.G39 P613 2016

Disintegration of the atom ; Petersburg winters (Ivanov, Georgiĭ, 1894-1958, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.I858 A2 2016

Tristia (Mandelʹshtam, Osip, 1891-1938.) Frost Library; PG3476.M355 T713 2007

Silent love : the annotation and interpretation of Nabokov's The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (De Vries, Gerard, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.N3 R43 2016

Apollon Bezobrazov (Poplavskiĭ, Boris, 1903-1935, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.P633 A8613 2015

Sobranie stikhov (Prigov, D.) Frost Library; PG3485.3.R46 A17 1996

The big green tent (Ulit︠s︡kai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila.) Frost Library; PG3489.2.L58 Z4513 2015

Where currents meet : frontiers in post-Soviet fiction of Kharkiv, Ukraine (Zaharchenko, Tanya, author.) Frost Library; PG3501.U4 Z34 2016