Russia and Eurasia: Empires and Enduring Legacies
Fall, Winter, Spring, 2008-2009


Because we will examine these texts closely, and to avoid complications from varying pagination, we prefer that you either buy or find library copies of the editions as listed below, all of which are available for purchase at the campus bookstore. You may be able to find the same editions at better prices through various on-line dealers such as,,, etc.

(in approximate reading order)

  1. Russia and the Russians: A History.  Geoffrey Hosking (Harvard U. Press, 2003)
  2. The Harvest of Sorrow.  Robert Conquest
  3. The State and Revolution.  Vladimir Lenin (1917; Penguin, 1992)
  4. Ali and Nino.  Kurban Said (Anchor Books, 2000)  
  5. We.  Yuri Zamiatin (Harper, Collins, 1972)
  6. Cement.  Fyodor Gladkov (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1994).
  7. The Trial Begins and On Socialist Realism.  Abram Tertz (Andrei Siniavsky) U.C. Press, 1982)
  8. The Master and Margarita.  Mikhail Bulgakov (Penguin, 2001)
  9. Behind the Urals.  John Scott (Indiana Univ. Press, 1989)
  10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (FSG Classics, 2005)
  11. A Woman in Amber.  Agate Nesaule (Penguin, 1995)
  12. The Stalin Revolution.  Robert Daniels (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)
  13. Farewell to Matyora.  Valentin Rasputin (Northwestern Univ. Press, 1979)
  14. A Week Like any other.  Natalia Baranskaya (Seal Press, 1989)
  15. The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years.  Chingiz Aitmatov (Indiana Univ. Press, 1988)
  16. Omon Ra. Victor Pelevin (Penguin Books, 1994)  (Some students may read Pelevin's The Life of Insects)

Cold War Workshop Participants only:
a.  America, Russia, and the Cold War. Walter LaFeber
b.  Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War.  Vladislav Zubok & Constantine Pleshkkov


Main language text:  Nachalo, Book One (packaged with Workbook One.)  Ervin, McLellan, Lubensky,    Jarvis (The McGraw-Hill Co., 2002/03) This package can be purchased ONLY through the     bookstore.


  1. English Grammar for Students of Russian.  Edwina Cruise (Olivia and Hill Press, 1993)
  2. Russian Fundamentals: Basic Grammar & Vocabulary – Essential Verbs – Common Idioms/ Expanded Folding Card  (Eli L. Hinkle, Barrons Educational Series)

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