Russian Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Primary Sources
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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.

Peter the Great (Bushkovitch, Paul, author.) Frost Library; DK131 .B897 2016

Russians : their icons and desires = Rusové : jejich ikony a touhy (Kyndrová, Dana, 1955-, photographer, author.) Frost Library; DK18.5 .K96 2015 xx

The Crimean War in Imperial Context, 1854-1856 (Rath, Andrew C., author.) Frost Library; DK215 .R237 2015

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

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

The life and death of Leon Trotsky (Serge, Victor, 1890-1947, author.) Frost Library; DK254.T6 S413 2015

The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Steinberg, Mark D., 1953-, author.) Frost Library; DK263 .S74 2017

Imperial apocalypse : the Great War and the destruction of the Russian Empire (Sanborn, Joshua A., author.) Frost Library; DK264.8 .S26 2014

Mobilizing the Russian nation : patriotism and citizenship in the First World War (Stockdale, Melissa Kirschke, author.) Frost Library; DK264.8 .S76 2016

Lenin's Moscow (Rosmer, Alfred, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .R69913 2016

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

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

A history of the Soviet Union from the beginning to its legacy (Kenez, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DK266 .K43 2017

The man with the poison gun : a Cold War spy story (Plokhy, Serhii, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; DK266.3 .P463 2016

The Soviet Union and Russia, 1939-2015 : a history in documents (Petrone, Karen, author.) Frost Library; DK266.A3 P47 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

Andrei Sakharov : the conscience of humanity (Conference on Andrei Sakharov and the Conscience of Humanity (2014 : Hoover Institution on War, Revo) Frost Library; DK275.S25 C66 2014

Reconsidering stagnation in the Brezhnev era : ideology and exchange Frost Library; DK277 .R43 2016

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

Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis : From the Soviet Union into Eurasia? Frost Library; DK293 .N45 2017

Nation building and identity in the post-Soviet space : new tools and approaches Frost Library; DK295 .N37 2016

Meanings and values of water in Russian culture Frost Library; DK32 .M465 2017

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

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

Khazaria in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (Zhivkov, Boris, author.) Frost Library; DK34.K45 Z4413 2015

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

Russian Frost Library; DK38.8 .R876 2016

The Oxford history of Poland-Lithuania (Frost, Robert I., author.) Frost Library; DK4250 .F76 2015

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

Revolution and Counterrevolution in Poland, 1980-1989 (Paczkowski, Andrzej, 1938-, author.) Frost Library; DK4442 .P33313 2015

Russia and the idea of Europe : a study in identity and international relations (Neumann, Iver B., author.) Frost Library; DK49 .N48 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

Comparative politics and government of the Baltic states (Auers, Daunis.) Frost Library; DK502.75 .A92 2015

Shadowlands : Memory and History in Post-Soviet Estonia (Wulf, Meike, author.) Frost Library; DK503.46 .W85 2016

Russian speakers in post-Soviet Latvia : discursive identity strategies (Cheskin, Ammon, author.) Frost Library; DK504.35.R86

Spatial concepts of Lithuania in the long nineteenth century Frost Library; DK505.28 .S63 2016

The art of identity and memory : toward a cultural history of the two world wars in Lithuania Frost Library; DK505.73 .A78 2016

The rise and fall of Belarusian nationalism, 1906-1931 (Rudling, Per A.) Frost Library; DK507.7295 .R83 2015

Transformation on the Southern Ukrainian steppe : letters and papers of Johann Cornies Frost Library; DK508.425.G47 T73 2015

The Crimean nexus : Putin's war and the clash of civilizations (Pleshakov, Konstantin, author.) Frost Library; DK508.57.U5 P547 2017

Brothers or enemies : the Ukrainian national movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s (Remy, Johannes, author.) Frost Library; DK508.772 .R46 2016

Total wars and the making of modern Ukraine, 1914-1954 (Liber, George, author.) Frost Library; DK508.812 .L55 2016

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

Kyiv, Ukraine (Cybriwsky, Roman A., author.) Frost Library; DK508.925 .C93 2016

Peasants, Power, and Place : Revolution in the Villages of Kharkiv Province, 1914-1921 (Baker, Mark R. (History professor) author.) Frost Library; DK508.95.K53 B35 2016

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

Sincerity after communism : a cultural history (Rutten, Ellen, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.762 .R88 2017

The state of Russia : what comes next? Frost Library; DK510.763 .S695 2015

Systemic and Non-Systemic Opposition in the Russian Federation : Civil Society Awakens? Frost Library; DK510.763 .S97 2015

Nationalism, Myth, and the State in Russia and Serbia (Vujačić, Veljko, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.763 .V85 2015

Vladimir Putin and the new world order : looking east, looking west? (Black, J. L. (Joseph Laurence), 1937-) Frost Library; DK510.764 .B58 2004

Security threats and public perception : digital Russia and the Ukraine crisis (Gaufman, Elizaveta, author, copyright holder.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .G38 2017

Putin's wars : the rise of Russia's new imperialism (Herpen, Marcel van.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .H47 2015

Russia in the Arctic : hard or soft power? (Sergunin, A. A. (Aleksandr Anatolʹevich) author.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .S468 2016

Near abroad : Putin, the West, and the contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus (Toal, Gerard, author.) Frost Library; DK510.764 .T63 2017

Days of defeat and victory (Gaĭdar, E. T. (Egor Timurovich) author.) Frost Library; DK510.766.G35 A3 2015

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

Historical dictionary of the Chechen conflict (Askerov, Ali, 1970-) Frost Library; DK511.C37 A85 2015

Inferno in Chechnya (Williams, Brian Glyn.) Frost Library; DK511.C37 W55 2015

Underground Petersburg (Ely, Christopher David, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DK568 .E48 2016

Soviet foreign policy towards East Germany (Megas, Achilleas, author.) Frost Library; DK67.5.G3 M34 2015

Russia in a reconnecting Eurasia : foreign economic and security interests (Safranchuk, Ivan, author.) Frost Library; DK68.7.A85 R87 2016

Azerbaijan in a reconnecting Eurasia : foreign economic and security interests (Kuchins, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; DK696.9.A783 K83 2016

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

Ties of kinship : genealogy and dynastic marriage in Kyivan Rusʹ (Raffensperger, Christian, author.) Frost Library; DK75 .R34 2016

Governing post-imperial Siberia and Mongolia, 1911-1924 (Sablin, Ivan.) Frost Library; DK766 .S23 2016

A prison without walls? : Eastern Siberian exile in the last years of tsarism (Badcock, Sarah, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DK770 .B33 2016

Japan in Central Asia : strategies, initiatives, and neighboring powers (Dadabaev, Timur, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DK857.75.J3 D34 2016

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 force of custom : law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan (Beyer, Judith, author.) Frost Library; DK917 .B49 2016

Despite cultures : early Soviet rule in Tajikistan (Kassymbekova, Botakoz, author.) Frost Library; DK928.85 .K37 2016

The origins of the civil war in Tajikistan (Epkenhans, Tim, author.) Frost Library; DK928.8657 .E654 2016

Dekonstruktion und Konstruktion zwischen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft Frost Library; PG14.S349 D456 2015

Law of desire (Blatnik, Andrej, author.) Frost Library; PG1919.12.L38 Z3513 2014

Difference, dialogue, and development : a Bakhtinian world (Bandlamudi, Lakshmi, author.) Frost Library; PG2947.B3 B39 2016

Akim Volynsky : a hidden Russian-Jewish prophet (Tolstai︠a︡, Elena, author.) Frost Library; PG2947.F5 T6513 2017

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

Russian postmodernism : new perspectives on post-Soviet culture (Epstein, Mikhail, author.) Frost Library; PG3026.P67 E67 2016

Uncensored : Samizdat novels and the quest for autonomy in Soviet dissidence (Komaromi, Ann, author.) Frost Library; PG3026.U5 .K65 2015

Post-Soviet literature and the search for a Russian identity (Noordenbos, Boris, author.) Frost Library; PG3027 .N66 2016

1917 : stories and poems from the Russian revolution Frost Library; PG3213 .A15 2016

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

The fire horse : children's poems Frost Library; PG3237.E5 F57 2017

Half-light and other poems (Baratynskiĭ, E. A. (Evgeniĭ Abramovich), 1800-1844, author.) Frost Library; PG3321.B3 A2 2015

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

The adolescent (Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.) Frost Library; PG3326 .P5 2016

First words : on Dostoevsky's introductions (Bagby, Lewis, 1944-) Frost Library; PG3328.Z6 B23 2016

Dostoevsky in context Frost Library; PG3328.Z6 D6285 2015

Transcendent love : Dostoevsky and the search for a global ethic (Friesen, Leonard G., author.) Frost Library; PG3328.Z6 F75 2016

Nietzsche and Dostoevsky : philosophy, morality, tragedy Frost Library; PG3328.Z7 P573 2016

A hero of our time (Lermontov, Mikhail I︠U︡rʹevich, 1814-1841) Frost Library; PG3337.L4 G413 1966

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