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
    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.

Russia : the story of war (Carleton, Gregory, author.) Frost Library; DK18 .C37 2017

Zapiski o Rossii frant͡suzskogo puteshestvennika Markiza de Ki͡ustina (Custine, Astolphe, marquis de, 1790-1857, author.) Frost Library; DK25 .C981 1982

The dilemmas of Lenin : terrorism, war, empire, love, revolution (Ali, Tariq, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L4 A719 2017

Lenin on the train (Merridale, Catherine, 1959-, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L443 M37 2017

The last of the tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution (Service, Robert, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DK258 .S463 2017

A people's history of the Russian Revolution (Faulkner, Neil, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .F385 2017

October 1917 : workers in power Frost Library; DK265 .O28 2016

Petrograd 1917 : witnesses to the Russian Revolution (Pinfold, John, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .P4548 2017

Russia in revolution : an empire in crisis, 1890 to 1928 (Smith, S. A. (Stephen Anthony), 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .S528 2017

A short history of the Russian Revolution (Swain, Geoff, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .S93 2017

Lessons of October (Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.) Frost Library; DK265 .T76 2017

The Russian Revolution, 1917 (Wade, Rex A., author.) Frost Library; DK265 .W24 2017

Was revolution inevitable? : turning points of the Russian Revolution Frost Library; DK265 .W339 2017

Through the Russian Revolution (Williams, Albert Rhys, 1883-1962, author.) Frost Library; DK265.7 .W48 2016

The truth of the Russian Revolution : the memoirs of the Tsar's Chief of Security and his wife (Globachev, K. I. (Konstantin Ivanovich), author.) Frost Library; DK265.7.G56 A3 2017

Caught in the revolution : Petrograd, Russia, 1917-- a world on the edge (Rappaport, Helen, author.) Frost Library; DK265.8.L4 R37 2017

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan : life and politics during the Soviet era Frost Library; DK266 .K393 2017

All shook up : the shifting Soviet response to catastrophes, 1917-1991 (Raab, Nigel A., 1968-, author.) Frost Library; DK266 .R32 2017

The idea of Russia : the life and work of Dmitry Likhachev (Zubok, V. M. (Vladislav Martinovich) author.) Frost Library; DK268.L46 Z83 2017

Stalin : from the Caucasus to the Kremlin (Read, Christopher, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DK268.S8 R393 2017

Moscow 1956 : the silenced spring (Smith, Kathleen E., author.) Frost Library; DK277 .S64 2017

Sobytie = The event Frost Library; DK292 .S67

Post-Soviet racisms (Zakharov, Nikolay, author.) Frost Library; DK33 .Z34 2017

American girls in red Russia : chasing the Soviet dream (Mickenberg, Julia L., author.) Frost Library; DK34.A45 M54 2017

Chinese in Eastern Europe and Russia : a middleman minority in a transnational era (Nyíri, Pál.) Frost Library; DK34.C45 N95 2007

Burnt by the sun : the Koreans of the Russian Far East (Chang, Jon K., author.) Frost Library; DK34.K67 C45 2016

The Russian Empire 1450-1801 (Kollmann, Nancy Shields, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DK40 .K66 2017

Historians and historical societies in the public life of imperial Russia (Kaplan, Vera, author.) Frost Library; DK43 .K27 2017

Russia's empires (Kivelson, Valerie A. (Valerie Ann) author.) Frost Library; DK43 .K53 2017

A minor apocalypse : Warsaw during the First World War (Blobaum, Robert, author.) Frost Library; DK4632 .B55 2017

History of a disappearance : the story of a forgotten Polish town (Springer, Filip, 1982- author.) Frost Library; DK4800.M518 S6713 2017

The politics of Eurasianism : identity, popular culture and Russia's foreign policy Frost Library; DK49 .P68 2017

Identity formation and diversity in the early medieval Baltic and beyond Frost Library; DK502.63 .I34 2017

The Great West Ukrainian prison massacre of 1941 : a sourcebook Frost Library; DK508.833 .G74 2017

Everyone loses : the Ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for post-Soviet Eurasia (Charap, Samuel, 1980- author.) Frost Library; DK508.852 .C43 2017

Revolution and war in contemporary Ukraine : the challenge of change Frost Library; DK508.852 .R486 2017

The Kremlin strikes back : Russia and the West after Crimea's annexation (Rosefielde, Steven, author.) Frost Library; DK508.9.K78 R666 2017

Brody : a Galician Border City in the Long Nineteenth Century (Kuzmany, Börries, author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.B76 K8913 2017

City of lions (Wittlin, Józef, 1896-1976, author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.L86 W56 2016

Bears in the streets : three journeys across a changing Russia (Dickey, Lisa, author.) Frost Library; DK510.76 .D53 2017

A very expensive poison : the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's war with the West (Harding, Luke, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.766.L58 H37 2017

The Ukrainian and Russian notebooks (Igort, 1958-, author, artist.) Frost Library; DK511.C37 I364 2016

Peter (Casulá, Carma, photographer.) Frost Library; DK557 .C37 2016

Meanings of an urban space : understanding the historical layers of Vyborg Frost Library; DK651.V93 M43 2016

The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-40 (Altstadt, Audrey L., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; DK697.3 .A46 2016

Beyond the Amur : frontier encounters between China and Russia, 1850-1930 (Zatsepine, Victor, author.) Frost Library; DK771.A3 Z36 2017

Dictators without borders : power and money in Central Asia (Cooley, Alexander, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DK859.56 .C666 2017

Knowledge and the ends of empire : Kazak intermediaries and Russian rule on the steppe, 1731-1917 (Campbell, Ian W., 1984- author.) Frost Library; DK908.85 .C36 2017

The Hamburg score (Shklovskiĭ, Viktor, 1893-1984, author.) Frost Library; PG2950 .S5613 2017

Persisting in folly : Russian writers in search of wisdom, 1963-2013 (Ready, Oliver, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; PG3017 .R43 2017

Late and post-Soviet Russian literature : a reader Frost Library; PG3213 .L38 2014

The notebooks for the Idiot (Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881, author.) Frost Library; PG3325.I33 W313 2017

Fyodor Dostoevsky-- in the beginning, 1821-1845 : a life in letters, memoirs, and criticism (Marullo, Thomas Gaiton, author.) Frost Library; PG3328 .M38 2016

A hero of our time : a novel (Lermontov, Mikhail I︠U︡rʹevich, 1814-1841, author.) Frost Library; PG3337.L4 G4133 2016

Vasily Zhukovsky's romanticism and the emotional history of Russia (Vinit︠s︡kiĭ, I. I︠U︡. (Ilʹi︠a︡ I︠U︡rʹevich), 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PG3447.Z5 Z923 2015

Mikhail Bulgakov (Curtis, J. A. E. (Julie A. E.) author.) Frost Library; PG3476.B78 Z64 2017

Russian absurd : selected writings (Kharms, Daniil, 1905-1942, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.K472 A2 2017

'Vladimir Mayakovsky' and other poems (Mayakovsky, Vladimir, 1893-1930, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.M3 A2 2016

Conversations with Vladimir Nabokov (Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977, interviewee.) Frost Library; PG3476.N3 Z46 2017

Lara : the untold love story and the inspiration for Doctor Zhivago (Pasternak, Anna, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.P27 Z742 2017

Amerikanskiĭ opyt : roman (I︠A︡novskiĭ, V. S. (Vasiliĭ S.), 1906-1989.) Frost Library; PG3476.Y25 A7 1982

Kompromiss (Dovlatov, Sergeĭ Довлатов, Сергей.) Frost Library; PG3479.6.O85 K6 1981

Album for the young (and old) (Pavlova, Vera (Vera Anatolʹevna) author.) Frost Library; PG3485.A875 A2 2017

The girl from the Metropol Hotel : growing up in communist Russia (Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author.) Frost Library; PG3485.E724 Z4613 2017

The year of the comet (Lebedev, Sergeĭ, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; PG3492.6.E243 G6313 2017

I am a Chechen! (Sadulaev, German.) Frost Library; PG3493.42.D85 I18513 2010

Russophone periodicals in Israel : a bibliography Frost Library; PG500 .R87 2016

Postcolonial Slavic literatures after communism Frost Library; PG509.P66 P67 2016

Forefather's eve (Mickiewicz, Adam, 1798-1855, author.) Frost Library; PG7158.M5 D723 2016

Miłosz : a biography (Franaszek, Andrzej, author.) Frost Library; PG7158.M5532 F7313 2017

Boundary (Nałkowska, Zofia, 1884-1954, author.) Frost Library; PG7158.N34 G713 2016