How to determine subject usage for Russia, Soviet Union, Former Soviet republics
- Look at the publication date:
pre-1917 -- subject is Russia
pre-1992 -- subject is Russia and/or Soviet Union (see 2)
1992 and after -- Russia, Soviet Union and/or Former Soviet republics (continue with 2>
- If the book is published after 1917, use the publication date and subject.
If the subject is historical and deals explicitly with the pre-1917 Russian Empire, e.g. the history of Russia during Peter the Great, always use Russia.
Russia--History--Peter I, 1689-1725; Soviet Union--History--1939-1945
Soviet Union--History--Peter I, 1689-1725; Russia--History--1939-1945
Philosophy, Medieval--Soviet Union
Holy Roman Empire--Foreign relations--Soviet Union.
published pre-1917: Birds--Russia published 1917-1991: Birds--Soviet Union published 1992 and after: Birds--Former Soviet republics
Many times, subjects must be doubled or tripled: e.g. a general history of agriculture in the Former Soviet republics published in 1992:
Agriculture--Former Soviet republics--History.
- If the subject deals with a local place, Russia, Soviet Union and Former Soviet republics are never used because of the latest name provision. All local subdivision practice goes through the country.
See: Headings for the Republics of the Former Soviet Union
The following heading is valid:
Birds--Former Soviet republics--Moscow
- Commonwealth of Independent States is a corporate body and is never used as a geographic subdivision.