Politics In Russia A Reader

  • Filename: politics-in-russia-a-reader.
  • ISBN: 9781608716500
  • Release Date: 2012-06-26
  • Number of pages: 488
  • Author: Joel Ostrow
  • Publisher: CQ Press



Covering the major contours of any Russian politics course, and comprehensive enough to serve as a core text, this new Reader includes sections from the Soviet political system and its collapse, to the debate about post-Communist transition and efforts toward political and economic reform. Ostrow's choice of readings is guided by a central insight: To understand contemporary Russia, and to bring the study of Russian politics to life, students need to know that there are strongly competing interpretations of Russian politics past and present--and these interpretations are best represented by watershed examples of the voices in the debate. A former journalist who worked in Russia, Ostrow's substantial headnotes blend needed background with insights from his experience, to create a nuanced treatment of Russian politics.

Religion and Politics in Russia

  • Filename: religion-and-politics-in-russia.
  • ISBN: 9781317461128
  • Release Date: 2015-01-28
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
  • Publisher: Routledge



Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. In addition to the majority Russian Orthodox and various other Christian groups, the Russian Federation includes large communities of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and members of other religious groups, some with ancient historical roots. All are in a state of ferment, and securing formal state recognition for specific communities is often daunting. This collection provides entry into the diversity of Russia's religious communities. Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer's introduction to the volume illuminates major political, social, and cultural-anthropological trends. The book is organized by religious tradition or identity, with further thematic perspectives on each set of readings. The authors include ethnologists, sociologists, political analysts, and religious leaders from many regions of the Federation. They analyze the changing dynamics of religion and politics within each community and in the context of the current drive to recentralize both political and religious authority in Moscow. Topical coverage extends from reassertions of Russian Orthodoxy to activities of Christian and Muslim missionaries to the revival of many other religions, including indigenous shamanic ones.

Religion and Politics in Russia

  • Filename: religion-and-politics-in-russia.
  • ISBN: 9781317461128
  • Release Date: 2015-01-28
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
  • Publisher: Routledge



Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. In addition to the majority Russian Orthodox and various other Christian groups, the Russian Federation includes large communities of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and members of other religious groups, some with ancient historical roots. All are in a state of ferment, and securing formal state recognition for specific communities is often daunting. This collection provides entry into the diversity of Russia's religious communities. Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer's introduction to the volume illuminates major political, social, and cultural-anthropological trends. The book is organized by religious tradition or identity, with further thematic perspectives on each set of readings. The authors include ethnologists, sociologists, political analysts, and religious leaders from many regions of the Federation. They analyze the changing dynamics of religion and politics within each community and in the context of the current drive to recentralize both political and religious authority in Moscow. Topical coverage extends from reassertions of Russian Orthodoxy to activities of Christian and Muslim missionaries to the revival of many other religions, including indigenous shamanic ones.

The Russia Reader

  • Filename: the-russia-reader.
  • ISBN: 9780822346487
  • Release Date: 2010-07-12
  • Number of pages: 769
  • Author: Adele Marie Barker
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



An account of the day-to-day scramble to make ends meet after the end of the Soviet Union, letters recording ordinary Russians' reactions to the Revolution as events unfolded in 1917, and excerpts from a sixteenth-century manual instructing elite Muscovites on proper household management--The Russia Readerbrings these and many other selections together in this introduction to the history, culture, and politics of the world's largest country, from the earliest written accounts of the Russian people to today. Conveying the texture of everyday life alongside experiences of epic historical events, the reader is filled with the voices of men and women, rulers and revolutionaries, peasants, soldiers, literary figures, émigrés, journalists, and scholars. Most of the selections are by Russians; thirty are translated into English for the first time. The collection is illustrated with maps, paintings, photographs, posters, and cartoons; fifteen images appear in colour. The volume's editors introduce each of the thematic sections and all of the written selections.The Russia Readerincorporates song lyrics, jokes, anecdotes, and folktales as well as poems, essays, and fiction by writers including Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoi, and Akhmatova. Transcripts from the show trials of major Party figures and an account of how staff at the Lenin Library in Moscow were instructed to interact with foreigners are among the many selections based on personal memoirs and archival materials only recently made available to the public. From a tenth-century emissary describing his encounters in Kyivan Rus', to a scientist recalling her life in a new research city built from scratch in Siberia during the 1950s, to a novelist depicting the decadence of the "New Russians" in the 2000s,The Russia Readeris an extraordinary introduction to a vast and varied land.

Politics in Russia

  • Filename: politics-in-russia.
  • ISBN: 0321004930
  • Release Date: 1999-01
  • Number of pages: 253
  • Author: Thomas F. Remington
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group



"Politics in Russia is the first textbook describing politics in present-day Russia. It reviews and explains recent Russian history and outlines the emerging political battles within this emerging democracy. Thomas F. Remington provides vital insight into the changing character of the Russian political scene. This book features comprehensive and up to date coverage of all aspects of Russian politics, including coverage of the major political institutions, the recent Chechen war, and the crisis over economic reform."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Russian Politics and Society

  • Filename: russian-politics-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9781134120154
  • Release Date: 2008-04-10
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Author: Richard Sakwa
  • Publisher: Routledge



Having been fully revised and updated to reflect the considerable changes in Russia over the last decade, the fourth edition of this classic text builds on the strengths of the previous editions to provide a comprehensive and sophisticated analysis on Russian politics and society. New to this edition: extended coverage of electoral laws, party development and regional politics new chapter on the ‘phoney democracy’ period, 1991-93 historical evaluation of Yeltsin’s leadership full coverage of Putin’s presidency discussion of the development of civil society and the problems of democratic consolidation latest developments in the Chechnya conflict more on foreign policy issues the re-introduction of the Russian Constitution as an appendix an updated Select Bibliography more focus on the challenges facing Russia in the twenty-first century. Written in an accessible and lively style, this book is packed with detailed information on the central debates and issues in Russia’s difficult transformation. This makes it the best available textbook on the subject and is essential reading for all those concerned with the fate of Russia, and with the future of international society.

The Politics of Sub national Authoritarianism in Russia

  • Filename: the-politics-of-sub-national-authoritarianism-in-russia.
  • ISBN: 0754678881
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 229
  • Author: Vladimir Gelʹman
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.



International experts on Russian regional politics, including top scholars from Britain, Canada, Russia and the USA, provide critical evaluations of the multiple deficiencies to be found in Russia's sub-national authoritarianism, including: principal-agent problems in the relations between the layers of the 'power vertical', unresolved issues of regime legitimacy that have resulted from manipulative electoral practices and the inefficient performance of regional and local governments.

Contemporary Russian Politics

  • Filename: contemporary-russian-politics.
  • ISBN: 0198299990
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 574
  • Author: Archie Brown
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



A unique Reader which brings together outstanding published work on Russian politics with 15 new articles specially written for this collection.Editorial introductions to every section (totalling 25,000 words) provide the student with essential background information, detailing the historical development, contemporary relevance, and current debates for each topic area and each individual chapter.The most comprehensive book on Russian politics - covering institutional design, elections, parties, federalism, regional politics, presidency and legislature, economic reform and economic interests, foreign policy, public opinion, the mass media, and prospects for democracy.Analysis of major recent developments, including the Duma election of 1999, the Presidential election of 2000, and the institutional changes launched by President Putin.

Understanding Russian Politics

  • Filename: understanding-russian-politics.
  • ISBN: 9781139496834
  • Release Date: 2011-03-31
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Stephen White
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



A fresh and compelling interpretation of Russian politics by a leading authority, this textbook focuses on political developments in the world's largest country under Putin and Medvedev. Using a wealth of primary sources, it covers economic, social and foreign policy, and the 'system' of politics that has developed in recent years. Opposing arguments are presented and students are encouraged to reach their own judgements on key events and issues such as privatisation and corruption. This textbook tackles timely topics such as gender and inequality issues; organised religion; the economic krizis; and Russia's place in the international community. It uses numerous examples to place this powerful and richly-endowed country in context, with a focus on the place of ordinary people which shows how policy is translated to Russians' everyday lives.

Russian Foreign Policy

  • Filename: russian-foreign-policy.
  • ISBN: 9781442208247
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 345
  • Author: Jeffrey Mankoff
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



This thoughtful and balanced text examines the development of Russian foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Jeffrey Mankoff argues that Russia's more assertive behavior since Vladimir Putin became president in 2000 has resulted from both a deep-seated consensus among its elite about Russia's identity and interests as well as a favorable convergence of events-including the persistence of high energy prices and the check on U.S. power resulting from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because these factors are the result of long-term trends, the author argues that there is little reason to.

Sex Politics and Putin

  • Filename: sex-politics-and-putin.
  • ISBN: 9780199324354
  • Release Date: 2014-12-01
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Valerie Sperling
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA



Is Vladimir Putin macho, or is he a "fag"? Sex, Politics, and Putin investigates how gender stereotypes and sexualization have been used as tools of political legitimation in contemporary Russia. Despite their enmity, regime allies and detractors alike have wielded traditional concepts of masculinity, femininity, and homophobia as a means of symbolic endorsement or disparagement of political leaders and policies. By repeatedly using machismo as a means of legitimation, Putin's regime (unlike that of Gorbachev or Yeltsin) opened the door to the concerted use of gendered rhetoric and imagery as a means to challenge regime authority. Sex, Politics, and Putin analyzes the political uses of gender norms and sexualization in Russia through three case studies: pro- and anti-regime groups' activism aimed at supporting or undermining the political leaders on their respective sides; activism regarding military conscription and patriotism; and feminist activism. Arguing that gender norms are most easily invoked as tools of authority-building when there exists widespread popular acceptance of misogyny and homophobia, Sperling also examines the ways in which sexism and homophobia are reflected in Russia's public sphere.

Vodka Politics

  • Filename: vodka-politics.
  • ISBN: 9780199755592
  • Release Date: 2014-03
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Mark Schrad
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



Alcohol-and alcoholism-have long been prominent features in Russian life and culture. But as Mark Schrad vividly shows in Vodka Politics, it has also been central to Russian politics. Not simply a chronicle of drinking in Russia, this book shows how alcohol has been a key shaping force in Russian political history.

A Concise History of Russia

  • Filename: a-concise-history-of-russia.
  • ISBN: 9781139504447
  • Release Date: 2011-12-05
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Paul Bushkovitch
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Accessible to students, tourists and general readers alike, this book provides a broad overview of Russian history since the ninth century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the enormous changes in the understanding of Russian history resulting from the end of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, new material has come to light on the history of the Soviet era, providing new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary past. The book traces not only the political history of Russia, but also developments in its literature, art and science. Bushkovitch describes well-known cultural figures, such as Chekhov, Tolstoy and Mendeleev, in their institutional and historical contexts. Though the 1917 revolution, the resulting Soviet system and the Cold War were a crucial part of Russian and world history, Bushkovitch presents earlier developments as more than just a prelude to Bolshevik power.

The Political Economy of Russia

  • Filename: the-political-economy-of-russia.
  • ISBN: 9781442210769
  • Release Date: 2012-07-13
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Neil Robinson
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers



This timely book explores Russia’s political development since the collapse of the USSR and how inextricably it has been bound up with economic change. Tracing the evolution of Russia’s political economy, leading scholars consider how it may continue to develop going forward. They assess the historical legacies of the Soviet period, showing how—despite policies implemented after the USSR dissolved in 1991—there are ongoing bitter battles over property and state revenues, over land, and over welfare. The book puts these domestic issues in international and comparative perspective by considering Russia’s position in the global economy and its growing role as a major energy producer. Focusing especially on the nature and future of Russian capitalism, the contributors weigh the political problems that confront Russia in its ongoing struggle to modernize and develop its economy. Contributions by: Andrew Barnes, Paul T. Christensen, Linda J. Cook, Gerald M. Easter, Neil Robinson, Richard Sakwa, and Stephen K. Wegren.

The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics

  • Filename: the-orthodox-church-and-russian-politics.
  • ISBN: 0199791147
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 265
  • Author: Irina Papkova
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



"There is little written about the Russian Orthodox Church, and precious little by political scientists who use qualitative, critical methods. This book is a welcome contribution and will receive attention from political scientists, anthropologists, and sociologists of religion." ---Catherine Wanner. Associate Professor of History. Anthropology and Religious Studies. Penn State University --Book Jacket.

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