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.

Vladimir Burtsev and the struggle for a free Russia (Henderson, Robert (Honorary research associate) author.) Frost Library; DK254.B88 H46 2017

Lenin 2017 : remembering, repeating, and working through (Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924, author.) Frost Library; DK254.L3 A254 2017

The last of the tsars : Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution (Service, Robert, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DK258 .S47 2017

Revolution! : writings from Russia, 1917 Frost Library; DK265 .A52865 2017

Russia in flames : war, revolution, civil war, 1914-1921 (Engelstein, Laura, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .E476 2018

The Russian Revolution : a new history (McMeekin, Sean, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .M3745 2017

October : the story of the Russian Revolution (Miéville, China, author.) Frost Library; DK265 .M475 2017

1917 revolution : Russia and the consequences Frost Library; DK265.A5 N56 2017

Revolutionary Russia : a history in documents (Weinberg, Robert.) Frost Library; DK266.A3 W45 2011

Propaganda and persuasion : the Cold War and the Canadian-Soviet Friendship Society (Anderson, Jennifer (Archivist) author.) Frost Library; DK272.C2 A54 2017

Khrushchev (Swain, Geoff, author.) Frost Library; DK275.K5 S93 2016

Russia's dead end : an insider's testimony from Gorbachev to Putin (Kovalev, A. A. (Andreĭ Anatolʹevich) author.) Frost Library; DK288 .K6913 2017

A Soviet journey : a critical annotated edition (La Guma, Alex, author.) Frost Library; DK29 .L33 2017

Russia in the wake of the Cold War : perceptions and prejudices (Horsfield, Dorothy, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; DK293 .H67 2017

Russian-American relations in the post-Cold War world (Peterson, James W. (James Walter), 1945-, author.) Frost Library; DK295 .P48 2017

Material culture in Russia and the USSR : things, values, identities Frost Library; DK32 .M43 2017

The Tsar's Armenians : a minority in late imperial Russia (Önol, Onur, author.) Frost Library; DK34.A75 O56 2017

Lost kingdom : the quest for empire and the making of the Russian nation, from 1470 to the present (Plokhy, Serhii, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; DK43 .P56 2017

Borderlands between history and memory (Gibson, Catherine, author.) Frost Library; DK504.9.L37 G53 2016

Siberian exile : blood, war, and a granddaughter's reckoning (Šukys, Julija, author.) Frost Library; DK505.79 .S56 2017

The near abroad : socialist Eastern Europe and Soviet patriotism in Ukraine, 1956-1985 (Wojnowski, Zbigniew, author.) Frost Library; DK508.84 .W64 2017

Lessons from Russia's operations in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine (Kofman, Michael, ‡e author.) Frost Library; DK508.852 .K64 2017

Putin : his downfall and Russia's coming crash (Lourie, Richard, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.766.P87 L68 2017

The House of Government : a saga of the Russian Revolution (Slezkine, Yuri, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; DK601 .S57 2017

Return to Moscow (Kevin, A. C. (Anthony Charles), 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DK601.2 .K48 2017

The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973 (Ginor, Isabella, author.) Frost Library; DK68.7.I8 G56 2017

Iconic places in Central Asia : the moral geography of dams, pastures and holy sites (Féaux de la Croix, Jeanne, author.) Frost Library; DK913.3 .F43 2016

I saw her that night (Jančar, Drago, author.) Frost Library; PG1919.2.A54 T613 2016

Written in blood : revolutionary terrorism and Russian literary culture, 1861-1881 (Patyk, Lynn Ellen, author.) Frost Library; PG2975 .P38 2017

Economies of feeling : Russian literature under Nicholas I (Porter, Jillian, author.) Frost Library; PG3012 .P67 2017

The sixth sense of the avant-garde : dance, kinaesthesia and the arts in revolutionary Russia (Sirotkina, Irina, author.) Frost Library; PG3026.E98 S56 2017

The gift of active empathy : Scheler, Bakhtin, and Dostoevsky (Wyman, Alina, author.) Frost Library; PG3328.Z6 W96 2016

The fables of Ivan Krylov (Krylov, Ivan Andreevich, 1768-1844, author.) Frost Library; PG3337.K7 B3213 2017

A short life of Pushkin (Chandler, Robert, 1953-, author.) Frost Library; PG3350 .C43 2017

City folk and country folk (Khvoshchinskai͡a, Sofʹi͡a Dmitrievna, 1828-1865, author.) Frost Library; PG3447.V47 G6713 2017

The Moscow eccentric (Bely, Andrey, 1880-1934 author. Белый, Андрей, 1880-1934, author.) Frost Library; PG3453.B84 M6213 2016

Molière, or The cabal of hypocrites and Don Quixote : two plays (Bulgakov, Mikhail, 1891-1940, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.B78 A2 2017

Nabokov's women : the silent sisterhood of textual nomads Frost Library; PG3476.N3 Z7935 2017

Poets on poets : the epistolary and poetic communication of Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, and Rilke (Zaslavsky, Olga, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.T75 Z98 2017

Solzhenitsyn : the historical-spiritual destinies of Russia and the West (Congdon, Lee, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; PG3488.O4 Z6225 2017

The mountains of Parnassus = Góry Parnasu (Miłosz, Czesław, author.) Frost Library; PG7158.M553 G6713 2017