The 1956 Hungarian revolution was a key event in the Cold War, demonstrating deep dissatisfaction with both the communist system and Soviet imperialism. Fifty years later, the simplicity of this David and Goliath story should be revisited, according to Charles Gati’s new history of the revolt.
In this thematic history of modern Yugoslavia, Sabrina Ramet demonstrates that the instability of the three 20th-century Yugoslav states can be attributed to the failure of succeeding governments to establish the rule of law and political legitimacy.
Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964Oct 01, 2005
Concentrating on the years 1953–64, Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization.
Solovyovo is about the place and power of social memory. Based on extensive anthropological fieldwork in that single village in the Russian north, it shows how villagers configure, transmit, and enact social memory through narrative genres, religious practice, social organization, commemoration, and the symbolism of space.
Through anthropology, political science, and other disciplines, the contributors examine women’s role in post-Soviet nation-building, rural household economies, and democratization and civic activism.
In this pathbreaking book, Xiaoyuan Liu establishes the ways in which the history of the Chinese Communist Party was, from the Yan’an period onward, intertwined with the ethnopolitics of the Chinese “periphery.”
One of the first evaluations of China’s leadership transition with Jiang Zemin’s 2002 retirement as Communist Party chief, this book probes the country’s related institutional transitions—both those under way and those still needed if China is to remain stable and prosperous in the 21st century.
Based on extensive research in the Russian archives, this book examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.
Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia reviews changes in Russian agrarian issues since 1990 through historical, political, sociological, and anthropological investigation into Russia’s agricultural and rural life.
This book compares sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, two regions beset by the breakdown of states suffering from extreme official corruption, organized crime extending into warlordism, and the disintegration of economic institutions and public institutions for human services.