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.

Seeing Muscovy anew : politics, institutions, culture : essays in honor of Nancy Shields Kollmann Frost Library; DK100 .S38 2017

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

Maria and Anastasia Frost Library; DK254.M3 A313 2015

1913 Diary of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (Maria Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1899-1918, author.) Frost Library; DK254.M3 A313 2017

Tatiana Romanov, daughter of the last tsar : diaries and letters, 1913-1918 (Tati︠a︡na Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1897-1918, auth) Frost Library; DK254.T3 A313 2016

Russia's last Romanov : in their own words (Azar, Helen.) Frost Library; DK258 .A93 2013

The race to save the Romanovs (Rappaport, Helen, author.) Frost Library; DK258.6 .R373 2018

Never remember : searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia (Gessen, Masha, author.) Frost Library; DK267 .G467 2018 x

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

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

The mass deportation of Poles to Siberia, 1863-1880 (Gentes, Andrew Armand, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; DK4372.3 .G37 2017

Politicising the Communist past : the politics of truth revelation in post-Communist Poland (Szczerbiak, Aleks, author.) Frost Library; DK4449 .S94 2018

Along Ukraine's river : a social and environmental history of the Dnipro (Cybriwsky, Roman A., author.) Frost Library; DK500.D65 C93 2018

The West's East : contemporary Baltic defense in strategic perspective (Milevski, Lukas, author.) Frost Library; DK502.715 .M55 2018

War, revolution, and nation-making in Lithuania, 1914-1923 (Balkelis, Tomas, author.) Frost Library; DK505.53 .B35 2018

Building Ukraine from Within (Oleinik, Anton N., author.) Frost Library; DK508.848 .O44 2018

Imperial urbanism in the borderlands : Kyiv, 1800-1905 (Bilenʹkyĭ, Serhiĭ, author.) Frost Library; DK508.935 .B54 2018

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

The new autocracy : information, politics, and policy in Putin's Russia Frost Library; DK510.76 .N49 2018

Russia in decline Frost Library; DK510.76 .R87 2017

Parliamentary elections in Russia : a quarter-century of multiparty politics (Hutcheson, Derek S. (Derek Stanford), 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.763 .H87 2018

Boris Nemtsov and Russian politics : power and resistance Frost Library; DK510.766.N46 B67 2018

The code of Putinism (Taylor, Brian D., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; DK510.766.P87 T39 2018

From conquest to deportation : the North Caucasus under Russian rule (Perović, Jeronim, author.) Frost Library; DK511.C2 P47 2018

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

Azerbaijan at the crossroads of Eurasia (Zeynalov, Fazil, author.) Frost Library; DK697.6 .Z4913 2017

Laboratory of socialist development : Cold War politics and decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan (Kalinovsky, Artemy M., author.) Frost Library; DK928.86 .K35 2018

Constructing the Uzbek state : narratives of post-Soviet years Frost Library; DK948.865 .C66 2017

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a textbook : with exercises and basic grammar (Alexander, Ronelle.) Frost Library; PG1229 .A444 2010

The portrayal of Jews in modern Biełarusian literature (Gimpelevich, Zina J., 1949-, author.) Frost Library; PG2834.335 .G56 2018

A history of Russian literature (Kahn, Andrew, author.) Frost Library; PG2951 .K34 2018

The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak (Givens, John, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; PG2990.J47 G58 2018

Poets of hope and despair : the Russian symbolists in war and revolution, 1914-1918 (Hellman, Ben, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; PG3065.S8 H45 2018

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

Russian science fiction literature and cinema : a critical reader Frost Library; PG3098.S5 R83 2018

Fearless Ivan and his faithful horse Double-Hump : a Russian folk tale (Ershov, P. P. (Petr Pavlovich), 1815-1869, author.) Frost Library; PG3330.E7 K613 2018

Maskarad Frost Library; PG3337.L4 M338 2007

The keys to freedom : Tolstoyan lessons of life for every day. Volume I (Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, author.) Frost Library; PG3366.A13 R53 2018

The keys to freedom : Tolstoyan lessons of life for every day. Volume II (Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910, author.) Frost Library; PG3366.A13 R54 2018

Requiem and Poem without a hero (Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna, 1889-1966.) Frost Library; PG3476.A324 R413 1976b

Andrey Platonov : the forgotton dream of the revolution (Lane, Tora, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.P543 Z739 2018

Sentimental tales (Zoshchenko, Mikhail, 1895-1958, author.) Frost Library; PG3476.Z7 A2 2018

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

The rehearsals (Sharov, Vladimir, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PG3487.A75 R4713 2018

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