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              Property of Communists: The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev
                

              Property of Communists: The Urban Housing Program from Stalin to Khrushchev (Hardback)

              By Smith, Mark B.

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              A study of one of the major social reforms of 20th-century European history that presents an analysis built on hundreds of sources that include papers from state and municipal archives, material from the popular and professional press, legal tracts, films, novels, and personal ac...counts.
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              ISBN 9780875804231
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2010
              Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series NIU Series in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
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              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It
               

              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It (Paperback)

              By Smith, Mark B.

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              • Pub Date
                3 Nov 20

              Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning..., malevolence and brutality. Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous? Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. Whether Russia has been ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, it has always had a exceptional status in our imagination.
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              ISBN 9780141986500
              Released NZ 3 Nov 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age General Audience
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              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It

              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It (Hardback)

              By Smith, Mark B.

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              Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning..., malevolence and brutality. Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous? Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. Whether Russia has been ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, it has always had a exceptional status in our imagination.
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              ISBN 9780241312766
              Released NZ 16 Jul 2019
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It
               

              The Russia Anxiety: And How History Can Resolve It (Hardback)

              By Smith, Mark B.

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              A history of Russophobia and its living legacy in world affairs With proof of election-meddling and the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin an ongoing conundrum, little wonder many Americans are experiencing what historian Mark B. Smith calls the Russia Anxiety. ...This is no new phenomenon. Time and time again, the West has judged Russia on assumptions of its inherent cunning, malevolence, and brutality. Yet for much of its history, Russia functioned no differently-or at least no more dysfunctionally-than other absolutist, war-mongering European states. So what is it about this country that so often provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous? Russian history can indeed be viewed as a catalog of brutal violence, in which a rotation of secret police-from Ivan the Terrible's Oprichina to Andropov's KGB and Putin's FSB-hold absolute sway. However, as Smith shows, there are nevertheless deeper political and cultural factors that could lead to democratic outcomes. Violence is not an innate element of Russian culture, and Russia is not unknowable. From foreign interference and cyber-attacks to mega-corruption and nuclear weapons, Smith uses Russia's sprawling history to throw light on contemporary concerns. Smith reveals how the past has created today's Russia and how this past offers hints about its future place in the world-one that reaches beyond crisis and confrontation.
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              ISBN 9780190886059
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2019
              Publisher Oxford University Press
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