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  • Ukraine -- History -- 20th Century
  • Ukraine -- History -- 21st Century
  • Ukraine -- Politics and government -- 1991-
  • Ukraine -- History -- Orange Revolution, 2004
  • Ukraine -- History -- Euromaidan Protests, 2013-2014
  • Ukraine -- Conflict 2014-
  • Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-
  • Russia (Federation) -- Politics and government -- 1991-
  • Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- Ukraine
  • Soviet Union -- History -- 1985-1991
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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Timothy Snyder, 2018
Call number: D 863 S59 2018

A History of Russia

Nicholas Riasanovsky & Mark Steinberg, 2011
Call number: DK 40 R5 2011

Jewish City or Inferno of Russian Israel?: A History of the Jews in Kiev Before February 1917

Victoria Khiterer, 2016
E-book and in print: DS 135 U42 K54523 2017

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

Serhii Plokhy, 2014
Call number: DK 286 P57 2014

Russian politics

Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Own's Russia?

Call number: DK 510.766 P87 D39 2014
The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Putin's Kleptocracy is the result of years of research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates. Dawisha's sources include Stasi archives; Russian insiders; investigative journalists in the US, Britain, Germany, Finland, France, and Italy; and Western officials who served in Moscow. Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free. "Many of them died for this story, and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet, and even from Russian libraries," Dawisha says. "But some of that work remains."

Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire

E-book and in-print: DK 510.764 G75 2016
How will Russia redraw post-Soviet borders? In the wake of recent Russian expansionism, political risk expert Agnia Grigas illustrates how--for more than two decades--Moscow has consistently used its compatriots in bordering nations for its territorial ambitions. Demonstrating how this policy has been implemented in Ukraine and Georgia, Grigas provides cutting-edge analysis of the nature of Vladimir Putin's foreign policy and compatriot protection to warn that Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, and others are also at risk.]]>

The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

Call number: DK 510.763 W34 2018
Shaun Walker presents a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. This book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of East Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse. The Long Hangover looks to a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose.

The Rebirth of Politics in Russia

E-book and in-print: JN 6581 U72 1997
Blending first hand accounts of grassroots politics with an original theory of social relations under communism, this 1997 book seeks to explain one of the seminal events of this century: the rebirth of politics in Russia amid the collapse of the USSR. The authors trace the process from the pre-political period of dissident activity, through perestroika and the appearance of political groups and publications, elections, the formation of political parties and mass movements, counter-revolution and coup d'état, the victory of democratic forces and the organization of a Russian state; to the struggle of power in the post-communist epoch, the violent end of the first republic and the contentious relations engulfing its successor. By focusing on the popular forces which accomplished Russia's political rebirth, rather than the reforms of the Soviet establishment, this book offers an original perspective on this critical period.

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Call number: DK 510.766 P87 G47 2013
The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Handpicked as a successor by the "family" surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin seemed like a perfect choice for the oligarchy to shape according to its own designs. As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand. Her account of how a "faceless" man maneuvered his way into absolute-and absolutely corrupt-power has the makings of a classic of narrative nonfiction.

Russia: Forward to the Past

Call number: DK 510.762 P78 2011
Capturing the country's new face and vision under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, this examination documents Russia as it enters the 21st century. Providing a closer look at the key elements of Russian society--as well as its underbelly--this overview demonstrates an intimacy not accessible to most observers. Resounding with an in-depth knowledge of the country, this analysis presents a unique report on the issues of Russia's generation gap, the search for a new identity amidst the old icons, and the new paths the country is taking.

The Nationalities Question in the Post-Soviet States

Call number: DK 293 N385 1996 
Completely rewritten to take account of dramatic changes in the geopolitical order and the nature of the nationalities in the former Soviet Union, this book provides a systematic and authoritative coverage of nationality relations in the pre- and post- Soviet periods and the nationalities question within the successor states.