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History 458: Terrible Greatness-Communist Russia, 1917-1991
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Hundreds of stone heads from Soviet Era monuments
around the USSR now look out of the bars at
a statue of Stalin in a Russian park, detail

Soviet Era Victims Museum

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Atlases   back to top

A Concise Historical Atlas of Eastern Europe, St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 911.47 H928C

Covers the modern and contemporary period to 1991.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

For background information and definitions refer to the following library reference works:

Historical Dictionary of Russia, Scarecrow Press, c1998.

Main Level, Reference: R 947.003 R214H

The Oxford Russian Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 491.7321 Ox 2O

Russian-English and English-Russian

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy, Scribner, 2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 327.73 En19E [3 vols]

Encyclopedia of the Cold War, Facts on File, c1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 327.73 Ar56E

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe: From the Congress of Vienna to the Fall of Communism, Garland Publishing, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 947.003 En19E

Encyclopedia of the Peoples of the World, Henry Holt, 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 305.8003 En19E
One volume work defining more than two thousand ethnic groups around the world, discussing each group's culture, social and economic conditions, and politics.

Encyclopedia of Russian History, Macmillan Reference, 2004.
Main Level, Reference: R 947.003 En19E2 [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Sage Publications, c2003.
Main Level, Reference: R 303.625 K968E
Also available in eBook format

Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 327.73 En19E2 [4 vols] 

Encyclopedia of World Cultures: Russia & Eurasia/China, G. K. Hall, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 306.097 En19E V. 6 
Also available in History Resource Center World


Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social and Military History, ABC-Clio, c2005.
Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 En19E [5 vols]

Great Soviet Encyclopedia, Macmillan, 1973-83.
Main Level, Reference: R 037.1 G798G [31 vols, index]
A general encyclopedia of the Soviet Union and other socialist countries covering achievements of worldwide historical significance in economics, culture, and science. The third edition was translated and published into English in 31 volumes between 1974 and 1983. Each volume was translated separately, requiring use of the index found at the front of each volume to locate specific items [use of the index with this encyclopedia is crucial, as its ordering follows the Cyrillic, rather than the Latin, alphabet]; knowledge of Russian can be helpful to find the right volume the first time. Not all entries were translated into English; these are indicated in the index. Overall, some entries indicate an anti-American bias, which is understandable given the international tensions and ideological conflict between the USA and the USSR at the time." description from Wikipedia

International Encyclopedia of Elections, CQ Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 324.6 In8I

Marxism, Communism, and Western Society: A Comparative Encyclopedia, Herder and Herder, 1973.
Main Level, Reference: R 031 M369M [8 vols]
Some articles refer to purely Soviet topics such as the Communist Party of the USSR or the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939. The majority of the articles discuss concepts such as Educational Theory, Historical Scholarship, State, or Religion and compare how they are treated in Marxist, Leninist or Stalinist theory (and practice) with how they are treated in Western philosophy or custom.

St. James Encyclopedia of Labor History Worldwide: Major Events in Labor History and Their Impact , St. James Press/Thomson Gale, 2004.
Main Level, Reference: R 331.8 St1S [2 vols]
Use index in back of volume.

World War I: Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, c2005.
Main Level, Reference: R 940.3 W893W [5 vols]

World War II in Europe: An Encyclopedia, Garland Publishing, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 940.5303 W893W [2 vols]
Vol. I Section 1. Social and political issues and events. Section 2. Leaders and individuals. Section 3. Units and organizations -- Vol. II Section 4. Weapons and equipment. Section 5. Strategy, tactics, and operational techniques. Section 6. Battles, campaigns, and operations.
Each section arranged A-Z.


e-Reference Books   back to top

Gale Biography in Context [Thomson/Gale]
Biography Resource Center includes biographies from Gale reference books as well as full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for a person by name or personal facts [birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender] or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

CQ Historic Documents [Congressional Quarterly]
Browse topics for docs between 1972-2007 or search the series by keyword [Gorbachev returns 116 documents]

A Dictionary of Contemporary World History [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2008.
Provides informative and analytical entries on the most important people, organizations and events that have shaped our history from 1900 to the present day.

A Dictionary of Political Biography [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Covers all the major figures in world politics of the twentieth century. Authoritative and wide-ranging, it describes and assesses the lives of more than 1000 men and women who have shaped political events across the world.

Dynasties of the World [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.
Tables giving years of rule and family relationships (in the male line unless otherwise indicated) for the reigning families of the world. Russia is covered through the tsardom of the Romanov family.

Encyclopedia of Terrorism [SAGE eReference] Sage Publications, 2002.
Kushner has produced the most comprehensive and up-to-date work available on terrorist groups, key terrorists, types of terrorism, and terrorist events


A Dictionary of Political Biography: Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Politics (Oxford Paperback Reference)

Encyclopedia of United States National Security [SAGE e Reference] Sage Publications, 2005.
"the first single, concise reference source to provide accurate and informative answers to the many challenging questions of how, why, when, and where national security has evolved. In addition to presenting historical facts and analyses, this two-volume encyclopedia is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to some of the more complicated and abstract questions concerning world politics and national security. A thoroughly interdisciplinary work, this Encyclopedia views national security from historical, economic, political, and technological perspectives." Publisher description

Encyclopedia of War & American Society [SAGE eReference] Sage Publications, 2005.
"a comprehensive, highly-credentialed multidisciplinary historical work that examines the numerous ways wars affect societies. The three volumes cover a wide range of general thematic categories, issues, and topics that address not only the geopolitical effects of war, but also show how the U.S. engagement in national and international conflicts has affected the social and cultural arena." Publisher description

Gale World History in Context
Indexes journal articles as well as the following encyclopedias which can be searched individually:

American Journey Online: The Cold War

Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy

Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament
Encyclopedia of Russian History
Encyclopedia of World Cultures; Russia & Eurasia/China

History in Dispute, Vol. 1: The Cold War [First Series]
History in Dispute, Vol. 6: The Cold War [Second Series]
History in Dispute, Vol. 19 The Red Scare after 1945
History in Dispute, Vol. 21: Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1930

International Military and Defense Encyclopedia

Oxford Companion to Military History [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2003.
An essential guide to how the world has been shaped by conflict from classical times to the present. Entries on key topics such as intelligence, propaganda, tactics, women in the military, and peacekeeping are included, with over 70 maps showing the course of famous battles and campaigns.

Oxford Companion to the Politics of the World [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2003.
Articles on the people, concepts, and events that have shaped the world since 1993.
1st edition available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 320.03 Ox2O

The Oxford Companion to World War II [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Every aspect of the war is covered including, detailed surveys of major countries; politics and grand strategy; domestic and economic issues; resistance and intelligence services; campaigns, battles, and military operations; warfare and weapons; wartime leaders and influential people; and slogans and phrases.

Propaganda and Mass Persuasion:
A Historical Encyclopedia, 1500 to the Present
[CREDO Reference], ABC CLIO, 2003.  
An international, authoritative A–Z guide to five centuries of propaganda, in both wartime and peacetime, which covers key moments, techniques, concepts, and some of the most influential propagandists in history.

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Other Reference Sources: companions, statistics, handbooks back to top

Major Peace Treaties of Modern History, 1648-1967, Chelsea House Publishers, 1970.
Main Level, Reference: R 341.2 Is7M [4 vols]

Major Peace Treaties of Modern History, 1967-1979: The Continuing Search for Peace:

Major Treaties, Agreements, Resolutions, and Multilateral Accords, Chelsea House Publishers, 1980.
Main Level, Reference: R 341.2 Is7M v. 5

Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, 1st. ed, Oxford University Press, 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 320.03 Ox2O
Also available online 2nd ed. 2003.

The East European and Soviet Data Handbook: Political, Social, and Developmental Indicators, 1945-1975, Columbia University Press, 1981.
Main Level, Reference: R 314.7 Sh82E  
“Basic social science data on Communist countries of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union organized for cross-national and historical comparisons. Relevant data from the period prior to WW II are also included, notably on the Soviet Union and on nationalities in Eastern Europe. Included are data on party membership, social classes, occupations, educational attainment levels, political leaders, and national income [Section H]. There are gaps for certain periods and the amount of data available varies greatly from country to country.” From General Introduction

International Historical Statistics Europe 1750-1988, Stockton Press, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 314 M692I 

Political Handbook of the World 2009, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 2009.
Main Level, Reference: R 320.0202 P759P

Current information on politics and standings of countries of the world.

Statistical Yearbook, 51st ed., United Nations, 2007. 
Main Level, Reference: R 310 St29S
Current stats published with English and French side by side.

Style Guides   back to top


Chicago Style: History [Diana Hacker, Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Main Level, Reference Desk, Ready Reference Shelf: RR 808.027 C432C

Suggestions for Paper Writers, Dr. Anita Gustafson, History Dept.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

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Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title,  keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Stalin, Joseph 1879 1953 [as AUTHOR]

  Stalin, Joseph 1879 1953 [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings in THOMCAT related to the Communist Russia:

Arms race--History--20th century              7 PC

  Cold War  

Communism--Soviet Union


Communism--Soviet Union--History

  Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962  
  Nuclear Nonproliferation see also Nuclear Disarmament  
  Population transfers  
  Soviet Union  
  Soviet Union, Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti [KGB]  

Soviet Union--Politics and government - 1936-1953


Soviet Union--Revolutionaries

  Working Class--Soviet Union  
  • The subject links below from the catalog lead to more books available for loan through PASCAL Delivers:
  Arms race--History--20th century            96 PASCAL  
  Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962  
  Soviet Union, Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti  
  Working Class--Soviet Union  



Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips  

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
AND economy

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(russia* OR soviet*) AND propaganda

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:
communis* = communist, communists, communism

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, PASCALcat, & the library's article databases



THOMCAT example

A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia, Yale University Press, c2002.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 947.084 Ia5C




PASCAL Catalog -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, search this combined catalog of college & university libraries in South Carolina. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days.



PASCAL Catalog searching is similar to searching in THOMCAT. An added BONUS in THOMCAT is a pass-through from search results in THOMCAT to the same search results in PASCAL with one click on the PASCAL icon.

The pass through is available on any search at any level

  • A PC book you need is checked out? Click the PASCAL icon for other copies available in SC.

  • Need more items on a subject? PASCAL items on that subject are just a click away.

This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.
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WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.


Find Media Materials: audio visuals in the PC Library    
DVD, Video, CD   back to top

Search THOMCAT using the DVD/Video TAB or the CD Music TAB to find different media formats:

  • When searching for visual or film materials, choose the DVD/Video TAB, enter search keyword(s), then choose DVD or VHS (you cannot search both at the same time under this TAB).

DVD & Video Examples:

Reds, Paramount, 2006, c1981.
Lower Level, Media Collection: DVD 792.2 R249R [2 discs]

Red flag, Communism in Russia 1917, WGBH Boston Video, 1998.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 947.0841 R245R

The Second Russian Revolution, Discovery Channel and NHK.

Lower Level, Media Collection: VIDEO 947.0854 Se24S [8 cass]


The Library no longer orders videos
unless VHS is the only format in which an item is available.
Videos are replaced by DVDs as they are
and become available.




  • When searching for audio or music materials choose the Music CD TAB and enter keyword(s).


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A collection of approximately 300,000 digital images of visual material from different time-periods, cultures, and disciplines derived from several source collections that are the product of collaborations with libraries, museums, photographic archives, publishers, slide libraries, and individual scholars.

New Item! British Cartoon Archive [Joint Information Systems Committee, University of Kent, UK]
Previously known as the Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, the BCA was established in 1973, as a research centre and picture library, based upon a unique archive of over 85,000 pieces of cartoon artwork supported by a reference library of newspaper cuttings, books, catalogues and magazines. Search this catalog by name or keyword. Image on right is a detail of Rendezvous by David Low published in The Evening Standard on 20 Sept 1939.

The Chairman Smiles: Posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China [International Institute of Social History]
Find thumbnail images, titles, bibliographic details with slogan translations, and brief commentaries on 145 historic Communist Party propaganda posters. The poster illustrations show how art was used to revise history and cultivate personality cults that surrounded Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Fidel Castro. Also find brief biographical information on the artists, and related links. description from Librarian's Internet Index, added 7/09


Posters of the Russian Civil War, 1918-1922

[New York Public Library Digital Gallery]

213 posters, placards, and broadsides comprising one of the largest assemblages of such posters outside of Russia. Includes two collections: Russian & Ukrainian posters 1917-1921 and the Harold M. Fleming papers, 1917-1971 with additional posters, 1917-1922.

Photographs of Lenin [Lenin Internet Archive]

Red Scare [Leo Robert Klein, Baruch College, CUNY]
An image database about the McCarthy Era, documenting "the whole breadth of experiences from this period of which the anti-red hysteria was one symptom." Contains about 300 photographs and political cartoons. From librarian Leo Robert Klein at CUNY.



In Order to Have More - Must Produce More [1920], Harold M. Fleming Papers, NYPL Digital Gallery

Chtoby bol'she imet', nado bol'she proizvodit'.

Russia and Eastern Europe in Rare Photographs, 1860- 1945 [New York Public Library Digital Gallery]
Russian Revolutionary-era photos are extensive, ranging from the immediate aftermath of the February Revolution, to the Stalinist period.

Stalinka-Digital Library of Staliniana [University of Pittsburgh Library]
Hundreds of images of Joseph Stalin useful for the study and research of the Soviet leader. Search or browse family photographs, cartoons, clippings (enlarge to read), posters, and more.

Find Journal Articles: articles contain current info on a topic    
Article Databases

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Premier - Humanities [EBSCOhost]
Indexes history related journals and magazines, with full-text articles for many.

CQ Historic Documents 1972-2007
Primary sources available online in a searchable format. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions. Search by keyword or browse by topic, by title, or use the cumulative index. [Try International Affairs Topics, especially “Regional Political Affairs-Russia” for docs between 1972-2007 or search the series by keyword (Gorbachev returns 116 documents)

Gale U.S. and World History in Context
Default search is US & World, you can choose either, however. Includes a comprehensive collection of award-winning reference books, full-text articles from leading scholarly publications, an array of primary sources, and images, maps and charts which provide expansive geographic and chronologic research materials for the study of U.S. and World history.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in history, political science, religion, sociology, the humanities, and more. The most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available in this archive as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Military & Government Collection [EBSCO]
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites; provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.

Project Muse
Current and recent volumes of core journals in the humanities and social sciences. See Muse titles indexed in
History. Not all titles all are part of PC’s full-text subscription. Possible ILLs.

New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.


Key Journals    back to top


American Historical Review 1895–present online
Lower Level, Periodicals: 1933–present in print

American Quarterly 1949–present online
Lower Level, Periodicals: 1995-2004 in print

American Slavic and East European Review 1945-1961 online, continued by

Slavic Review 1961-2008 online
An international interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, past and present. The journal publishes articles of original and significant research and interpretation, reviews of scholarly books and films, and topical review essays and discussion forums.
Lower Level, Periodicals: 2006-2008 in print

Studies in Comparative Communism continued by

Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1995-present online

European History Quarterly

Lower Level, Periodicals: 1994-2003 [print only]
Essential resource on European history, publishing articles by eminent historians on a range of subjects from the later Middle Ages to post-1945. description by Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield

History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past 1996-present online
A semiannual scholarly journal of research on the formation of historical consciousness, i.e., the area in which collective memory, the writing of history, and other modes of shaping the past merge in the public mind. Focuses on problems of understanding the National Socialist and Fascist epoch, its impact, and its representation.

The Journal of American History 1964–current issue online
Lower Level, Periodicals: 1964–current issue in print
Prize-winning and widely reprinted articles on American history. Each volume contains interpretive essays on all aspects of American history, plus reviews of books and media.

Journal of Cold War Studies 1999-2008 online, latest year withheld by publisher
Contains peer-reviewed articles based on archival research in the former Communist world and in Western countries.

Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 2000-2008 online, latest year withheld by publisher
Attention to process of regime change, including its material contributions from within the societies affected by the demise of the Soviet Union. Follows effects of upheaval on communist parties, ruling & non-ruling, in Europe & the world.

Journal of Genocide Research 1999-2008 online, latest year withheld by publisher
Seeks to promote multidimensional and comparative inquiry into the topic of genocide.

The Slavonic and East European Review 1970-present online
The oldest British journal in the field, having been in existence since 1922. Edited and managed by the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, it covers not only the modern and medieval languages and literatures of the Slavonic and East European area, but also history, culture, and political studies.
Lower Level, Periodicals: 1970-2004 print

Soviet Studies  1949-1992 online, continued by

Europe-Asia Studies 1993-2008 online, latest year withheld by publisher

Soviet Studies was the principal academic journal in the world devoted to the political, economic and social affairs of what were once the Soviet bloc countries, including their history during the Soviet period. Europe-Asia Studies continues to focus on this body of research topics. At the same time, the new title is intended to reflect the way in which the transformation of these countries' political and economic systems is affecting their relationship with the rest of Europe, and the growing links between what was Soviet Central Asia and other countries in both Europe and Asia.

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected with Journal Finder, and will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.

Web Sites   back to top
General Sources    


The Future of Democracy in Russia: The Lessons of Perestroika and the Questions of the Communist Party [Alexander N. Yakovlev, UC Berkeley, Feb. 22, 1993]

Transcript of the 1993 Sanford S. Elberg Lecture in International Studies, given by Alexander Nikolaevich Yakovlev, discussing the Soviet restructuring policy of "perestroika" under Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s. In addition to the lecture, the site contains a biography of Yakovlev (who died in October 2005) and a 1996 interview with Yakovlev.

The Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System Online [Harvard College Library]
A digital collection consisting chiefly of summary transcripts of 705 interviews conducted with refugees from the USSR during the early years of the Cold War. A unique source for the study of Soviet society between 1917 and the mid-1940s.

Lenin Internet Archive [Marxist Internet Archive]
An "all volunteer, non-profit public library" containing Lenin's works, biography, images, and text and audio of thirteen of Lenin's speeches.

Nazi-Soviet Relations, 1939-1941
Documents from the Archives of the German Foreign Office
. See linked table of contents.

Nuremberg Trials Collection [Avalon Project, Yale Law School]
The trials of Goering, Hess, Ribbentrop before the International Military Tribunal. Browse contents, by volume, or key documents.

Red Files [PBS]
A PBS series exposing a fascinating view of history from the Soviet perspective. The website provides information on each program in the series: KGB, the moon missions, sports, and Soviet propaganda providing video clips, transcripts of interviews and more.

REESWeb [University of Pittsburgh]

REESWeb is the Virtual Library covering Russia and Eastern Europe seeking to help users identify high quality web content located in or focusing on the region stretching from Bohemia to Central Asia. Browse REESWeb directory and navigate using the tabs. All web sites listed in REESWeb are vetted by the editors, categorized for easy searching, and annotated. 2/2010

Revelations from the Russian Archives [Library of Congress]

This companion website to a 1992 Library of Congress exhibit contains primary source documents made available by the Russian Archival Committee, covering "the entire range of Soviet history from the October Revolution of 1917 to the failed coup of August 1991." Exhibit topics include Joseph Stalin, the murder of Sergei Kirov, the secret police, Gulag labor camps, the Ukrainian famine, Chernobyl, perestroika ("Mikhail Gorbachev's program of economic, political, and social restructuring"), relations with the U.S. (including the Cold War), and more.

Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States , Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies, M. E. Sharpe, 1997. [Questia eBook]

Assembled here is a documentary portrait of the CIS, drawing on more than 500 official publications and releases and reports from the broadcast and print media. Excep-tionally comprehensive in scope and breadth, Russia and the Commonwealth of lndepen-dent States presents the actual texts of CIS accords and protocols as well as commentary from leading journalists and political actors.The documents are grouped within 10 chapters. Each chapter is preceded by introductory notes written by the editors, supplying historical background and identification of key issues surrounding the documents presented.Also included is a collection of maps which provide geographical detail of the CIS, Russia's Ethnic Republics. The Caucasus and Central Asia, Major Muslim Ethnic Groups in Armenia, Iran, and the Islamic Commonwealth States, and the Major Defense Facilities in the CIS Territory.The volume concludes with five appendixes which provide a chronological listing of key events, CIS development, CIS data, and Country Profiles, in which a political profile, area map, economic and demographic statistics are provided for the 12 member states. Alternate site with most of content available at Google Books. Scroll down to links to content.

Russian Archives Online
Russian archival collections of photographs and films, audio, clips and transcripts from the 15 republics of the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and many more. Free access to Gallery. Includes film clips, posters, interviews and more.




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