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PART 4


D. Works

DI. General Histories; DII. General Works on Specific Topics; DIII. Works on Specific Periods
A vast number – perhaps hundreds of thousands – of books and essays have been devoted to the Soviet experience. This means that for each one of the titles listed below (see for instance the bibliographies quoted in section CIb), hundreds more could be added. This list is thus very selective, including what I believe to be the most important works and but a handful of articles and dissertations. As I wrote in the introduction, and for the reasons given there, I have accorded preference to material in Western languages. For the same reasons, I have listed important works in Russian, Ukrainian, and other languages in translation, whenever possible.

Because most of the listed works have been, and often still are, important, or representative of major trends and opinions, I asked myself whether it was appropriate to highlight some among them. Ultimately I did so, guided by my personal preferences, not to diminish the others but in the hope of enliving what could have seemed a dreary list.

The section has three main subdivisions. The first is devoted to general works on Tsarist history, 1861-1914; Soviet and Russian history; and history of the main Soviet republics and nationalities. The second is arranged by topic. The third chronologically. A few works on other socialist countries, as well as on the communist movement, have been included.

The thematic portion includes works of a more theoretical nature, or ambition, as well as those covering large segments of Soviet history. In the chronological section I grouped the studies exclusively or mainly devoted to specific periods, such as the civil war, the NEP, the 1930s, World War II, the thaw, etc. Within each of these periods, I arranged the works once again by topic, such as countryside, memoirs, foreign policy, etc.






DI. General Histories



DIa. Russian empire

O. Anweiler, The Soviets, 1905-1921, New York, 1974;

A. Asher, The Revolution of 1905, 2 vols., Stanford, 1988-1992;

A. Ascher, P.A. Stolypin. The Search for Stability in Late Imperial Russia, Stanford, 2001;

D. Beauvois, La bataille pour la terre en Ukraine, 1863-1914, Lille, 1993 (a different perspective);

D.R. Brower, E.J. Lazzerini, eds., Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917, Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1997;

G. Cigliano, Liberalismo e rivoluzione in Russia: il 1905 nell’esperienza di M.M. Kovalevskij, Napoli: Liguori, 2002;

F.-X. Coquin, 1905: la Révolutions russe manquée, Bruxelles, 1905;

F.-X. Coquin, Des pères du peuple au père des peuples: la Russie de 1825 à 1929, Paris, 1991;

F.-X. Coquin, La Sibérie: peuplement et immigration paysanne au XIX-XX siècle, Paris, 1969;

M. Confino, Systèmes agraires et progrès agricole, Paris, 1969 (a beautiful book);

T. Dan, The Origins of Bolshevism, London, 1964 (a classic);

T. Emmons, The Formation of Political Parties and the First National Elections in Russia, Cambridge, 1983;

J. Frankel, Prophecy and Politics: Socialism, Nationalism and the Russian Jews, 1862-1917, Cambridge, 1981;

M. Gammer, Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan, London: Frank Cass, 1994

P. Gatrell, The Tsarist Economy, 1850-1917, London, 1986;

V. Gitermann, Geschichte Russlands (1949), 3 vols., Frankfurt (Main): Athenäum, 1987;

P.R. Gregory, Russian National Income, 1885-1913, Cambridge, 1982;

L.H. Haimson, The Russian Marxists and the Origins of Bolshevism, Cambridge, MA, 1955;

A. Kappeler, The Russian Empire: A Multiethnic History, New York, 2001 (important);

A. Khalid, The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999;

L. Kołakowski, Main Currents of Marxism, Oxford, 1981;

T. von Laue, Witte and the Industrialization of Russia, New York, 1963;

A. Leroy-Beaulieu, The Empire of the Tsars and the Russian, 3 vols. New York, 1902-03;

D. Lieven, The Russian Empire and Its Rivals, London, 2000;

P.I. Liashchenko, History of the National Economy of Russia to 1917, New York, 1949;

H-D. Löwe, Die Lage der Bauern in Russland 1880-1905, St. Katharinen, 1987;

P. Miliukov, Ch. Seignobos, H. Eisenmann, History of Russia (1933), 3 vols., New York, 1968 ;

J. Pallot, Land Reform in Russia, 1906-1917, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999;

P. Pascal, Civilisation paysanne en Russie, 2 vols., Lausanne: L’Âge d’homme, 1969;

R. Philippot, Les Zemstvos: société civile et Etat bureaucratique dans la Russie tsariste, Paris: Institut d’études slaves, 1991;

R. Pipes, Russia under the Old Regime, London, 1974;

G. Plekhanov, History of Russian Social Thought, New York, 1967;

M. Raeff, Understanding Imperial Russia: State and Societ in the Old Regime, New York, 1984;

G.T. Robinson, Rural Russia under the Old Regime, New York, 1969;

H. Rogger, Russia in the Age of Modernization and Revolution, 1881-1917, London: Longman, 1983;

H. Seton-Watson, The Russian Empire, 1801-1917, Oxford, 1967 (important);

G. Sokoloff, Puissance pauvre, Paris, 1993;

M.K. Stockdale, Paul Miljukov and the Quest for a Liberal Russia, 1880-1918, Ithaca, NY, 1996;

F. Venturi, Roots of Revolution: The History of Populist and Socialist Movements in Nineteenth Century Russia, London, 1960 (a classic);

A. Walicki, A History of Russian Thought from Enlightenment to Marxism, Stanford, 1979;

P.A. Zaionchkovskii (the best Soviet specialist), The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia (Moscow, 1960), Gulf Breeze, FL, 1978;

P.A. Zaionchkovskii, The Russian Autocracy in Crisis, 1878-1882 (Moscow, 1964), Gulf Breeze, FL, 1979.


DIb. USSR and Russia
Iu.N. Afanas’ev, ed., Sovetskoe obshchestvo: vozniknovenie, razvitie, istoricheskii final, 2 vols., Moscow, 1997;

F. Benvenuti, Storia della Russia contemporanea, Roma: Laterza, 1999;

H. Carrère d’Encausse, A History of the Soviet Union, 1917-1953, London, 1981;

R. Girault, M. Ferro, De La Russie à l’URSS, Paris, 1989;

M. Heller, A. Nekritch, Utopia in Power: The History of the Soviet Union, London, 1986 (the dissidents’ history –very good up to the Brezhnev era);

M. Hildermeier, Geschichte der Sowjetunion, 1917-1991: Entstehung und Niedergang des ersten sozialistischen Staates, München: Verlag C.H. Beck, 1998;

G. Hosking, The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within, Cambridge, MA, 1993;

History of the USSR in Three Parts, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1982 (A translation of Istoriia S.S.S.R., the Brezhnevite official text);

P. Kenez, A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End, Cambridge, 1999;

M. Lewin, The Making of the Soviet System: Essays in the Social History of Interwar Russia, New York, 1985 (important);

M. Lewin, Le siècle soviétique, Paris: Fayard, 2003;

M. Laran, J.-L. Van Regemorter, La Russie et l’ex-URSS de 1914 à nos jours, Paris, 2000;

R. Pethybridge, A History of Post-War Russia, London, 1974;

R.G. Pikhoia, Sovetskii soiuz: istoriia vlasti, 1945-1991, Moscow, 1998 (perhaps the best work on the postwar period);

S. Pons, A. Romano, eds., Russia in the age of wars, 1914-1945, Milano: Feltrinelli 2000;

N. Riasanovsky, A History of Russia, New York, 2000;

K. Schlögel, ed., Der grosse Exodus: Die russische Emigration und ihre Zentren, 1917 bis 1941, Munich, 1994;

R.G. Suny, The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR and the Successor States, New York, 1998;

D. Treadgold, Twentieth Century Russia, Boulder: Westeview, 1987;

N. Werth, Histoire de l’Union soviétique, Paris: PUF, 1992 ;

V. Zaslavsky, Storia del sistema sovietico: l’ascesa, la stabilità, il crollo, Roma: NIS, 1995.


DIc. Nationalities, general

See also DIIh. Repression and political police, and the chronological subsections below.


S. Blank, The Sorcerer as Apprentice: Stalin as Commissar of Nationalities, 1917-1924, Westport, CT, 1994;

P. Blitstein, “Stalin’s Nations: Soviet Nationality Policy between Planning and Primordialism,” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California at Berkeley, 1999;

Y.M. Brudny, Reinventing Russia: Russian Nationalism and the Soviet State, 1953-1991, Cambridge, MA, 1998 (an interesting perspective);

J. Cadiot, “La constitution des catégories nationales dans l’Empire de Russie et dans l’Union des Républiques Socialistes Soviétiques (1897-1939): Statisticiens, ethnographes et administrateurs face à la diversité du ‘national’”, Ph.D. Dissertation, EHESS, 2001;

H. Carrère d’Encausse, The Great Challenge: Nationalities and the Bolshevik State, 1917-1930, New York, 1992;

W. Connor, The National Question in Marxist-Leninist Theory and Strategy, Princeton, 1984;

R. Denber, ed., The Soviet Nationality Reader: The Disintegration in Context, Boulder, CO.: Westview, 1992;

I. Dzyuba, Internationalism or Russification, 3rd ed. New York: Monad Press, 1974 (a classic);



G. Gleason, Federalism and Nationalism. The Struggle for Republican Rights in the USSR, Boulder, 1990;

F. Hirsch, Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union, Ithaca, N.Y., 2005;

L. Hajda, M. Beissenger, eds., The Nationalities Factor in Soviet Politics and Society, Boulder, CO, 1990;

R.J. Kaiser, The Geography of Nationalism in Russia and the USSR, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994;

V. Kozlov, The Peoples of the Soviet Union, London, 1988;

Ch. Lemercier-Quelquejay, G. Veinstein, S.E. Wimbush, eds., Passé turco-tatar, Présent soviétique (études offertes à Alexandre Bennigsen), Paris, 1986;

T. Martin, An Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939, Ithaca, NY, 2001 (the best book on the topic);

A. Motyl, ed., Thinking Theoretically about Soviet Nationalities, New York, 1992;

B. Nahaylo, V. Swoboda, Soviet Disunion: A History of the Nationality Problem in the Soviet Union, London, 1990;


Problems of Communism 16, 5 (1967), special issue on nationalities and nationalism in the USSR;

J. Radvanyi, L’URSS: régions et nations, Paris: Masson, 1990;

M.-P. Rey, De la Russie à l’Union soviétique: la construction de l’Empire, Paris: Hachette, 1994;

G. Simon, Nationalismus und Nationalitätenpolitik in der Sowjetunion, Baden-Baden, 1986;

Y. Slezkine, “The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism,” Slavic Review, 2 (1994);

M. Smith, Language and Power in the Creation of the USSR, 1917-1953, Berlin, 1998;

T. Snyder, The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003;

R.G. Suny, T. Martin, eds., A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin, Oxford, 2001;

R. Szporluk, Communism and Nationalism: Karl Marx versus Friedrich List, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988 (a crucial question);

L. Tillett, The Great Friendship: Soviet Historians on the Non-Russian Nnationalities, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1969;

S.A. Tokarev, URSS: popoli e costumi (Moscow, 1958), Bari: Laterza, 1969;

P.N. Wexler, Purism and Language: A Study in Modern Ukrainian and Belorussian Nationalism (1840-1967), Bloomington, IN, 1974.

DIc1. Central Asia

S.A., Adshead, Central Asia in World History, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992;

E. Allworth, ed., Central Asia. 130 Years of Russian Dominance: A Historical Overview, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994;
E. Allworth, The Modern Uzbeks, Stanford, 1990;

A.L. Edgar, “The Creation of Soviet Turkmenistan, 1924-1938,” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California at Berkeley, 1999;



En Asie centrale soviétique, special issue, Cahiers du monde russe et soviétique, 1 (1991);

A. Bennigsen, C. Lemercier-Quelquejay, Le Soufi et le commissaire: les confréries musulmanes en URSS, Paris: Seuil, 1986;

H. Carrère d’Encausse, Réforme et révolution chez les musulmans de l’Empire russe. Bukhara, 1867-1924, Paris, 1966;

Des ethnies aux nations en Asie centrale, special issue, Revue du monde musulman et de la Méditerranée, 1 (1992);

S. A. Dudoignon e Komatsu Isao (eds.), Islam and Politics in Russia and Central Asia (Early Eighteen to Late Twentieth Centuries), London, New York & Bahrain, Kegan Paul, 2001;

W. Fierman, ed., Soviet Central Asia: The Failed Transformation, Boulder, CO., 1991;

R.D. Kangas, Uzbekistan in the Twentieth Century: Political Development and Evolution of Power, New York: St. Martin’s, 1994;

B. Hayit, “Basmatschi”: nationaler Kampf Turkestans in den Jahren 1917 bis 1934, Köln: Dreisam, 1992;

S. Keller, To Moscow, not Mecca. The Soviet Campaign against Islam in Central Asia, 1917-1941, Westport: Praeger, 2001;

N. Lubin, Labor and Nationality in Soviet Central Asia, Princeton, 1984;

G. Massell, The Surrogate Proletariat. Moslem Women and Revolutionary Strategies in Soviet Central Asia, 1919-1929, Princeton, 1974;

W. Myer, Islam and Colonialism. Western Perspectives on Soviet Asia, London, 2002;

D.T. Northrop, Veiled Empire. Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia, Ithaca, NY, 2004;

M.B. Olcott, The Kazakhs, Stanford, 1987;

M. Payne, Stalin’s Railroad: Turksib and the Building of Socialism, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001;

O. Roy, The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations, New York, 2000;

B. Rumer, Soviet Central Asia, London, 1989;


S.A. Zenkovsky, Panturkism and Islam in Russia, 1905-1920, Cambridge, MA, 1967.

DIc2. The Baltics

A. Bertricau, ed., L’Estonie: identité et indépendance, Paris: l’Harmattan, 2001 ;

J. Hiden, The Baltic Nations and Europe: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Twentieth Century, London: Longman, 1994;

O. Mertelsmann, ed., The Sovietization of the Baltic States, 1940-1956, Tartu: Kleio, 2003;

R.J. Misiunas, R. Taagepera, The Baltic States: Years of Dependence, 1940-1980, Berkeley, 1983;

G. von Rauch, The Baltic States: The Years of Independence, 1917-1940, New York, 1995;

G. Reklaitis, A Common Hatred: Lithuanian Nationalism during the Triple Occupation, 1939-1953, PhD Dissertation, Northeastern University, Boston, 2003;

V.S. Vardys, ed., Lithuania under the Soviets: Portrait of a Nation, New York: Praeger, 1965;

V.S. Vardys, Lithuania: The Rebel Nation, Boulder, CO.: Westview Press, 1997.

DIc3. Belarus

F. Depelteau, A. Lacassagne, eds, Le Bélarus. L’Etat de l’exception, Les Presses de l’Université Laval, Canada, 2003;

B. Drweski, La Biélorussie, Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1993 ;

A. Goujon et al., eds., Chroniques sur la Biélorussie contemporaine, L’Harmattan (« Biélorussie »), Paris, 2001;

I.S. Lubachko, Belorussia under Soviet Rule, 1917-1957, Lexington, 1972;

D.R. Marples, Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996;

D. Siebert, Bäuerliche Alltagstrategien in der belarussischen SSR (1921-1941): die Zerstörung patriarchalischer Familienwirtschaft, Stuttgart: F. Steiner, 1998;

N.P. Vakar, Belorussia: The Making of a Nation, a Case Study, Cambridge, MA, 1956.


DIc4. Transcaucasia

R.G. Suny, ed., Transcaucasia, Nationalism and Social Change: Essays in the History of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996.

DIc4a. Armenia

R. Hovannisian, ed., The Armenian People, 2 vol., New York, 1997;

R. Hovannisian, The Republic of Armenia, 5 vols., Berkeley, 1971-1996;

C. Mouradian, De Staline à Gorbatchev: histoire d’une république soviétique, l’Arménie, Paris: Ramsay, 1990 ;

R.G. Suny, Looking toward Ararat: Armenia in Modern History, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.

DIc4b. Azerbaijan

A.L. Altstadt, The Azerbaijani Turks: Power and Identity under Russian Rule, Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1992

Jörg Baberowski, "Der Feind ist überall". Stalinismus im Kaukasus, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, München - Stuttgart 2003;

T. Swietochowski, Russian Azerbaijan, 1905-1920, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.


DIc4c. Georgia

S.F. Jones, Socialism in Georgian Colors: the European Road to Social Democracy, 1883-1917, Cambridge, Mass., 2005;

K. Salia, History of the Georgian Nation, Paris, 1983;

R.G. Suny, The Making of the Georgian Nation, Bloomington, 1994.


DIc5. The North and Siberia

En islam sibérien, special issue, Cahiers du monde russe, 2-3 (2000) ;

Y. Slezkine, Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North, Ithaca, NY, 1994.

DIc6. Tatars

A. Allworth, ed., The Tatars of Crimea: Return to the Homeland, Durham: Duke University Press, 1998;

Iu.V. Arutiunian, ed., Sotsial’noe i natsional’noe. Opyt etnosotsiologicheskikh issledovanii po materialam Tatarstanskoi ASSR, Moscow: Nauka, 1973;

A. Bennigsen, C. Lemercier-Quelquejay, Les Mouvements nationaux chez les musulmans de Russie: le “sultangalievisme” au Tatarstan, Paris: Mouton, 1960 ;

A.-A. Rorlich, The Volga Tatars: A Profile in National Resilience, Stanford, CA.: Hoover Institution Press, 1986.

DIc7. Ukraine

See the 1930s subsections for works on the 1932-33 famine.


I. Bilinsky, The Second Soviet Republic: The Ukraine after World War II, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1964;

S. Bilokin’, Masovyj teror jak zasib derzhavnoho upravlinnja v SRSR (1917-1941 rr), 2 vol., Kyiv, 1999;

K. Brown, A Biography of No Place. From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland, Cambridge, Mass., 2004;

A. Kappeler, Kleine Geschichte der Ukraine, München: C.H. Beck, c1994;

A. Kappeler, F. Sysyn, Z. Kohut, eds., Culture, Nation, and Identity: The Ukrainian-Russian Encounter, 1600-1945, Toronto, 2003;

I.S. Koropeckyj, ed., Ukrainian Economic History, Edmonton: CIUS, 1991;

B. Krawchenko, Social Change and National Consciousness in XX Century Ukraine, New York, 1985;




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