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REEI Recommended Reading List

The following is a list of books recommended for the well-educated M.A. student in Russian and East European studies. Included are key books that have influenced the field and books of synthesis that provide an overview of developments. We have tried to maintain geographical balance, something not always easy, because in some areas, such as the literature of East Central and Southeastern Europe, most books simply focus on the literature of one country or nation. These books are expected to have staying power. Also included is a list of important journals and reference works in the Russian and East European area.

David Ransel
Director, REEI 1995-2009
May 2000

Economics | Geography | History | Journalism & Mass Communication | Literature | Art | Military | Political Science | Society and Culture | Journals


Berend, Ivan and Gyorgy Ranki
Economic Development in East Central Europe in the 19th & 20th Centuries
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1974)

Brown, Annette N., ed.
When is Transition Over?
(Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1999)

Campbell, Robert W.
The Socialist Economies in Transition: A Primer on Semi-Reformed Systems
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1991)

Campbell, Robert W.
The Failure of Soviet Economic Planning
(Bloomington, Indiana U. Press, 1992)

Ernst, Maurice, Michael Alexeev and Paul Marer
Transforming the Core: Restructuring Industrial Enterprises in Russia and Central Europe
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1996)

Leitzel, Jim
Russian Economic Reform
(New York: Routledge, 1995)

Nove, Alec
An Economic History of the USSR, 3rd ed
(New York: Penguin, 1992)

Schleifer, Andrei and Daniel Triesman
Without a Map: Political Tactics and Economic Reform in Russia
(Cambridge: MIT Press, 2000)

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Bater, James H.
Russia and the Post-Soviet Scene: A Geographical Perspective
(New York: J. Wiley, 1996)

Bradshaw, Michael J.
The Soviet Union: New Regional Geography
(New York: Halsted Press, 1991)

Carter, F. W. and D. Turnock, ed.
Environmental Problems in Eastern Europe, updated ed.
(New York: Routledge, 1996)

Lydolph, Paul E.
Geography of the U.S.S.R., 5th ed
(Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin: Misty Valley Pub., 1990)

Shaw, Denis
The Post-Soviet Republics: A Systematic Geography
(New York: J. Wiley, 1995)

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Allworth, Edward, ed.
Central Asia: One Hundred Twenty Years of Russian Rule, rev. ed.
(Durham, NC: Duke U. Press, 1989)

Banac, Ivo
The National Questions in Yugoslavia
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1984)

Benningsen, Alexandre and S. Enders Wimbush
Muslims of the Soviet Empire
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1986)

Berlin, Isaiah
Russian Thinkers
(New York: Viking Press, 1978)

Bideleux, Robert and Ian Jeffries
A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change
(New York: Routledge, 1998)

Clements, Barbara E., Barbara A. Engel & Christine D. Worobec, eds.
Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1991)

Davies, Norman
God's Playground: A History of Poland
(New York: Columbia U. Press, 1982)

Dvornik, Francis
The Slavs: Their Early History and Civilization
(Boston: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1956)

Einhorn, Barbara
Cinderella Goes to Market: Citizenship, Gender and Women's Movement in East Central Europe
(New York: Verso, 1993)

Freeze, Gregory, ed.
Russia: A History
(New York: Oxford U. Press, 1997)

Fuller, William C.
Strategy and Power in Russia, 1600-1914
(New York: Free Press, 1992)

Hitchins, Keith
Rumania, 1866-1947
(New York: Oxford U.Press, 1994)

Hitchins, Keith
The Romanians, 1774-1866
(New York: Oxford U. Press, 1996)

Hosking, Geoffrey A.
The First Socialist Society: A History of the Soviet Union from Within. 2nd ed.
(London: Fontana, 1993)

Jelavich, Barbara and Charles Jelevich
Establishment of Balkan National States, 1804-1920, Volume VIII
(Seattle: U. of Washington Press, 1977)

Judah, Tim
The Serbs
(New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1997)

Kann, Robert A.
Multinational Empire: Nationalism and National Reform in the Habsburg Monarchy 1848-1918
(New York: Octagon Books, 1964)

Lampe, John R.
Yugoslavia As History
(Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1996)

Lewin, Moshe
The Gorbachev Phenomenon
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988)

Malcolm, Noel
Bosnia: A Short History
(New York: New York U. Press, 1994)

Mendelsohn, Ezra
The Jews of East Central Europe Between the World Wars
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1983)

Pipes, Richard
The Formation of the Soviet Union, rev. ed.
(New York: Atheneum, 1968)

Pipes, Richard
Russia Under the Old Regime
(New York: Scribner, 1974)

Skilling, H. Gordon, ed.
Czechoslovakia, 1918-1988: Seventy Years from Independence
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991)

Stites, Richard
The Women's Liberation Movement in Russia: Feminism, Nihilism, and Bolshevism, 1860-1930
(Princeton, 1978)

Sudetic, Chuck
Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia
(New York: Penguin, 1999)

Sugar, Peter, ed.
A History of Hungary
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1990)

Tanner, Marcus
(New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1997)

Thompson, Mark
A Paper House: The Ending of Yugoslavia
(New York: Pantheon Books, 1992)

Todorova, Mariia N.
Imagining the Balkans
(London: Oxford U. Press, 1997)

Walicki, Andrzej
A History of Russian Thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism
(Stanford: Stanford U. Press, 1979)

Wolff, Robert L.
The Balkans in Our Times
(New York: Norton, 1967)

Woodward, Susan
Balkan Tragedy
(Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1995)

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Journalism & Mass Communications

Curry, Jane Leftwich
Poland's Journalists: Professionalism and Politics
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1989)

McReynolds, Louise
The News Under Russia's Old Regime
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1991)

Mickiewicz, Ellen
Changing Channels: Television and the Struggle for Power in Russia, rev. ed.
(Durham, N.C. : Duke U. Press, 1999)

Remington, Thomas
The Truth of Authority: Ideology and Communication in the Soviet Union
(Pittsburgh: U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1985)

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Barac, Antun
A History of Yugoslav Literature
(Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan, 1978)

Birnbaum, Henryk and Thomas Eekman, eds
Fiction and Drama in Eastern and Southeastern Europe
(Columbus, OH: Slavica, 1980)

Brooks, Jeffrey
When Russia Learned to Read
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1985)

Brown, Clarence
Portable Twentieth Century Russian Reader
(New York: Viking, 1985)

Brown, Deming
Soviet Russian Literature Since Stalin
(Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1978)

Clark, Katerina
The Soviet Novel: History as Ritual
(Chicago: U. of Chicago, 1981)

Eekman, Thomas
Thirty years of Yugoslav Literature, 1945-1975
(Michigan Slavic Publications-Ann Arbor: under the auspices of the Joint Committee on Eastern Europe, ACLS and SSRC, 1978)

Erlich, Victor, et al, eds.
For Viktor Weintraub: Essays in Polish Literature, Language and History
(The Hague: Mouton, 1975)

Filipowicz, Halina
A Laboratory of Impure Forms: the Plays of Tadeusz Rozewicz
(New York: Greenwood Press, 1991)

Gombrowicz, Witold
(Evanston: Northwestern U. Press, 1993)

Hertz, Aleksander
The Jews in Polish Culture, trans. Richard Lourie
(Evanston: Northwestern U. Press, 1988)

Holmgren, Beth
Rewriting Capitalism: Literature and the Market in Late Tsarist Russia and the Kingdom of Poland
(Pittsburgh: U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1998)

Krzyzanowski, Julian
A History of Polish Literature, trans. Doris Ronowicz
(Warsaw: Polish Scientific Publishers, 1978)

Maguire, Robert A.
Red Virgin Soil
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1968)

Mihailovich, Vasa
South Slavic Writers Since World War II
(Detroit: Gale Research, 1997)

Milosz, Czeslaw
The Captive Mind
(New York: Vintage International Press, 1990)

Mirsky, D.S.
A History of Russian Literature
(New York: A.A. Knopf, 1949)

Milosz, Czezlaw
The History of Polish Literature
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1983)

Moser, Charles A.
A History of Bulgarian Literature 1865-1944
(The Hague: Mouton, 1972)

Novak, Arne
Czech Literature, translated by Peter Kussi
(Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1976)

Norris, David A.
In the Wake of the Balkan Myth: Questions of Identity and Modernity
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999)

Obolensky, Dimitri, ed.
The Heritage of Russian Verse
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1976)

Petro, Peter
A History of Slovak Literature
(Montreal: McGill-Queens U. Press, 1995)

Proffer, Carl R., ed.
From Karamzin to Bunin: An Anthology of Russian Short Stories
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1969)

Segel, Harold B.
Literature of Eighteenth Century Russia
(New York: Dutton, 1967)

Segel, Harold B.
Renaissance Culture in Poland: the Rise of Humanism, 1470-1543
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1989)

Siniavskii, Andrei
Soviet Civilization: A Cultural History
(New York, Arcade Pub., 1990)

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Terras, Victor A.
A History of Russian Literature
(New Haven: Yale U. Press, 1991)

Wachtel, Andrew
Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia
(Stanford: Stanford U. Press, 1998)

Wat, Alexander
My Century: The Odyssey of a Polish Intellectual
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1988)

Weintraub, Viktor
The Poetry of Adam Mickiewicz
(Gravenhagen: Mouton, 1954)

Zenkovsky, Serge A.
Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales
(New York: Dutton, 1963)

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Brumfield, William
Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture
(Boston: D.R. Godine, 1983)

Grierson, Roderick, ed.
Gates of Mystery: the Art of Holy Russia
(Fort Worth, TX: InterCultura, 1992)

Ryback, Timothy W.
Rock Around the Bloc: A History of Rock Music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, 1954-1988
(New York: Oxford U. Press, 1990)

Sarabianov, Dmitrii
Russian Art: From Neoclassicism to the Avant Garde, 1800-1917
(New York: H.N. Abrams, 1990)

Schwartz, Boris
Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1983)

Slonim, Marc
Russian Theater, from the Empire to the Soviets
(Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1961)

Starr, S. Frederick
Red and Hot: The Fate of Jazz in the Soviet Union, 1917-1980
(New York: Oxford U. Press, 1983)

Stites, Richard
Russian Popular Culture: Entertainment and Society Since 1900
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1992)

Valkenier, Elizabeth
Russian Realist Art
(New York: Columbia U. Press, 1989)

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Cooper, Julian
The Soviet Defense Industry: Conversion and Economic Reform
(New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1991)

Gaddy, Clifford G.
The Price of the Past: Russia's Struggle with the Legacy of a Militarized Economy
(Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 1996)

Glantz, David M.
The Military Strategy of the Soviet Union: A History
(Portland, Oregon: Frank Cass, 1992)

Herspring, Dale R.
Russian Civil-Military Relations
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1996)

Odom, William E.
The Collapse of the Soviet Military
(New Haven, CT: Yale U. Press, 1998)

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Political Science

Aron, Leon and Kenneth M. Jensen, eds.
The Emergence of Russian Foreign Policy
(Washington DC: U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1994)

Ash, Timothy Garton
The Magic Lantern
(New York, Random House, 1990)

Banac, Ivo, ed.
Eastern Europe in Revolution
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1992)

Barany, Zoltan D. and Ivan Volgyes, eds.
Legacies of Communism in Eastern Europe
(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995)

Bremmer, Ian and Ray Taras, eds.
New States, New Politics: Building Post Soviet Nations
(Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1997)

Buckley, Mary
Redefining Russian Society and Polity
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1993)

Burks, R.V.
The Dynamics of Communism in Eastern Europe
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1961)

Colton, Timothy J.
The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union
(New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1986)

Connor, Walter D.
Tattered Banners: Labor, Conflict and Corporatism in Postcommunist Russia
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1996)

Dawisha, Karen and Bruce Parrott
Conflict, Cleavage, and Change in Central Asia and the Caucasus
(Democratization & Authoritarianism in Post Communist Societies, No. 4)
(Cambridge: Cambridge U. Press, 1997)

Dawisha, Karen and Bruce Parrott
Russia and the New States of Eurasia: The Politics of Upheaval
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1994)

Galeotti, Mark
The Age of Anxiety: Security and Politics in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia
(New York: Longman, 1995)

Garthoff, Raymond L.
The Great Transition: American-Soviet Relations and the End of the Cold War
(Washington: Brookings Institution, 1994)

Gati, Charles
The Bloc that Failed: Soviet-East European Relations in Transition
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1990)

Glenny, Misha
The Fall of Yugoslavia: the Third Balkan War
(New York: Penguin, 1992)

Glenny, Misha
The Rebirth of History: Eastern Europe in the Age of Democracy, 2nd ed.
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993)

Haggard, Stephen and Robert R. Kaufman
The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1995)

Hammer, Darrell
Russian Nationalism and Soviet Politics
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1989)

Hanson, Stephen
Time and Revolution: Marxism & the Design of Soviet Institutions
(Chapel Hill, NC: U. of North Carolina Press, 1997)

Hough, Jerry F. and Merle Fainsod
How the Soviet Union is Governed
(Cambridge: Harvard U. Press, 1979)

Janos, Andrew C.
East Central Europe in the Modern World
(Stanford, 2000)

Jowitt, Ken
The New World Disorder
(Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992)

Karklins, Rasma
Ethnic Relations in the USSR: The Perspectives from Below
(New York: Harpers Collins Academic, 1988)

Kolstoe, Paul
Russians in the Former Soviet Republics
(Bloomington: IU Press, 1995)

Kumar, Krishan
Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals (Contradictions of Modernity)
(Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2001)

Laitin, David
Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1998)

Lane, David
Russia in Flux: the Political and Social Consequences of Reform
(Brookfield, Vermont: E. Elgar, 1992)

Lapidus, Gail W., ed.
The New Russia: Troubled Transformation
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1995)

Mandelbaum, Michael, ed.
The New Russian Foreign Policy
(New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1998)

Martin, Terry
Affirmative Action Empire
(Ann Arbor: UMI Dissertation Services, 1996)

Przeworski, Adam
Democracy and the Market: Political and Economic Reforms in Eastern Europe and Latin America
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1991)

Putin, Vladimir
First Person
(PublicAffairs, 2000)

Ramet, Sabrina
Balkan Babel
(Boulder: Westview Press, 1996)

Ramet, Sabrina
Social Currents in Eastern Europe: The Sources and Meaning of the Great Transformation, rev. ed.
(Durham: Duke U. Press, 1995)

Remick, David
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
(Vintage Books, 1994)

Rohrschneider, Robert
Learning Democracy: Democratic & Economic Values in Unified Germany
(London: Oxford U. Press, 1999)

Solnick, Steve
Stealing the State: Control and Collapse in Soviet Institutions
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. Press, 1998)

Staniszkis, Jadwiga
The Dynamics of the Breakthrough in Eastern Europe: The Polish Experience
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1991)

Stokes, Gale
The Walls Came Tumbling Down
(New York: Oxford U. Press, 1993)

Stone, Randall
Satellites and Commissars: Strategy & Conflict in the Politics of Soviet-Bloc Trade
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1996)

Szacki, Jerzy
Liberalism after Communism
(Budapest: Central European University Press, 1995)

Tismaneanu, Vladimir
Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe from Stalin to Havel
(New York: Free Press, 1992)

Treisman, Daniel
After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation
(Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1999)

Verdery, Katherine
National Ideology under Socialism
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1991)

Wallander, Celeste
Mortal Friends, Best Enemies: German-Russian Cooperation after the Cold War
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1999)

White, Stephen
After Gorbachev
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1993)

White, Stephen, Richard Rose, and Ian McAllister
How Russia Votes
(Chatham, NJ: Chatham House Press, 1997)

Woodruff, David
Money Unmade: Barter and the Fate of Russian Capitalism
(Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1999)

Yeltsin, Boris
Against the Grain

Zyuganov, Gennady
My Russia: The Political Autobiography of Gennady Zyuganov
(M.E. Sharpe, 1997)

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Society and Culture

Boym, Svetlana
Common Places: Mythologies of Everyday Life in Russia
(Cambridge: Harvard U. Press, 1994)

Bridger, Susan
No More Heroines? Russia, Women and the Market
(New York: Routledge, 1996)

Byrnes, Robert F.
History of Russian and East European Studies in the United States
(Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1994)

Condee, Nancy, ed.
Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late-Twentieth Century Russia
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1995)

Connor, Walter
Deviance in Soviet Society: Crime, Delinquency and Alcoholism
(New York: Columbia U. Press, 1972)

Cook, Linda
The Soviet Social Contract and Why it Failed: Welfare Policy and Workers Politics from Brezhnev to Yeltsin
(Cambridge: Harvard U. Press, 1993)

Feshbach, Murray and Alfred Friendly
Ecocide in the USSR
(New York: Basic Books, 1992)

Grant, Bruce
In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas
(Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1995)

Kon, Igor and James Riodan
Sex and Russian Society
(Bloomington: Indiana U. Press, 1993)

Lapidus, Gail W.
Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development and Social Change
(Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1978)

Millar, James R. And Sharon L. Wolchik
The Social Legacy of Communism
(Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1994)

Riordan, J.W.
Sport in Soviet Society: Development of Sport and Physical Education in Russia and the USSR
(New York: Cambridge U. Press, 1977)

Verdery, Katherine
Transylvanian Villagers: Three Centuries of Political, Economic & Ethnic Change, 1700-1980
(Berkeley: U. Of California Press, 1983)

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Austrian History Yearbook

Canadian-American Slavic Studies

Central Asian Survey

Communist and Post-Communist Studies (previously Comparative Communism)

Communist Economies and Economic Transformation

Communist Studies and Transition Politics (previously Journal of Communist Studies)

Cross Currents

Current Digest of the (Post-) Soviet Press


East Central Europe

East European Politics and Societies

East European Quarterly

Europe-Asia Studies (previously Soviet Studies)

Foreign Broadcast Information Service

Joint Publications Research Service

Nationalities Papers

Post-Soviet Affairs (previously Soviet Economy)

Problems of (Post-) Communism

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, various publications;
successed by Transitions (Open Media Research Institute), which ceased publication in 1999.
Online subscriptions available.

Religion, State and Society

Russian History

Russian Review

Slavic Review

Slavonic and East European Review

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