Historians of the Russian revolution have paid little attention to the part played by the Mensheviks in the democracy that governed Russia from February 1917 to Lenin's coup d'etat in October. The only previous monograph on the Mensheviks in 1917 is a polemic published in Moscow which actually focuses on Lenin, and there is no description of the Menshevik party organization in 1917 in any language. Other published material on the Mensheviks in 1917 is almost as scanty. Basil's monograph is based upon extensive use of both primary and secondary sources, and it illuminates an interesting, but inadequately-studied, aspect of 1917. "...balanced and cogent narrative..." (ISS)


Yale Russian and East European Publications


Katherine Verdery


Jerzy Jedlicki

Polish Concepts of Native Culture

Andrzej Chojnowski

Polish National Character, the Sanacja Camp, and the National Democracy

Andrew Lass

"What are we like?" National Character and the Aesthetics of Distinction in Interwar Czechoslovakia

Tamas Hofer

The "Hungarian Soul" and the "Historic Layers of National Heritage": Conceptualizations of Hungarian Folk Culture, 1880-1944

Zsigmond Pal Pach

Business Mentality and the Hungarian National Character

Katherine Verdery

National Ideology and National Character in Interwar Romania

Keith Hitchins

Orthodoxism: Polemics over Ethnicity and Religion in Interwar Romania

Marian Papahagi

The "National Essence" in Interwar Romanian Literary Life; Ivo Banac: Zarathustra in Red Croatia: Milan Shufflay and his Theory of Nationhood

Alexander Kiossev

The Debate about the Problematic Bulgarian: A View on the Pluralism of the National Ideologies in Bulgaria in the Interwar Period

Andrew Rossos

Macedonianism and Macedonian Nationalism on the Left



Books, Bibliographies, and Pugs offers a selection of new research in Library and Information Science, with special emphasis on the Russian and East European area, but also extending as far as Turkey and the Pacific Rim. The volume is presented with warm affection by its contributors to honor Murlin Croucher upon the occasion of his retirement. Murlin Croucher began his career in 1971 at the University of North Carolina, where he served first as Slavic Cataloger and later as Slavic Bibliographer. In 1980 he came to Indiana University as Slavic Bibliographer, where he oversaw continued growth in the strong Slavic collection until his retirement in 2005, as well as strengthening the Central Asian and Tibetan holdings. He was a leading figure in East-West book exchanges, not a simple affair during the Cold War. Above all, Murlin Croucher left an enduring stamp on numerous practitioners in the field through his teaching in the School of Library and Information Sciences and through his publications, most notably the seminal Slavic Studies: A Guide to Bibliographies, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks, now in its second edition. The fruits of his impact on his field may be gauged tellingly from the articles included in this volume.



From the Series Editor     i

Frontispiece     ii

Tabula Gratulatoria     1

Preface     7

Murlin Lee Croucher     9

1. Michael Biggins

Post-1989 Publishing on Previously Suppressed Topics: Trends in Czech Contemporary History, With Reference to Poland     13

2. Jacqueline Byrd

Cataloging Production Standards for Non-Western Languages: From a Project to Permanent Standards     31

3. John K. Cox

What's Behind the Veil? The Ottoman Fiction of Ismail Kadare     47

4. Gregory C. Ference

The Slavic Diaspora Library: The Slovak-American Example     73

5. Jon Giullen

Where Library Meets Vendor: A Comparison of Six Vendors of Russian Books     87

6. Jared Ingersoll

"Romanov University": Libraries, Books, and Learning in Imperial Russian Prisons     1137. Tim Larson

Józef Grucz (1890-1954); An Appreciation     131

8. Daniel M. Pennel

The Power and Peril of Ideas Continuity and Change in Romaniann Publishing     145

9. Patricia Polansky

Pacific Rim Librarianship: Collectors of Russian Materials on the Far East     159

10. Bradley L. Schaffner

V.F. Odoevskii and I.V. Got'e: Scholar-Librarians in Service to the State     181

Notes on the Contributors     193

(ISSN) 0073-6929


From the Series Editor     i

Frontispiece    ii

Bill Johnston

Preface     1

Kathleen Cioffi

Introduction     3

Timothy Wiles

Mrożek's Plays and the Everyday Absurd in Cold War Poland: The Satirical Short Plays and Tango     15

Halina Stephen

Discovering America in Contemporary Polish Drama     41

Beth Holmgren

The Polish Actress Unbound: Tales of Modrzejewska/Modjeska     57

Elwira Grossman

From (Re)creating Mythology to (Re)claiming Female Voices: Amelia Hertz and Anna Świrszczyńska as Playwrights     79

Halina Filipowicz

Gender in Polish Drama, or, What's a Good Polish Woman like Queen Wanda Doing in Plays like These?     93

Regina Grol

Sławomir Mroźek's The Reverends, or, Is It Better to Be a Jew or a Woman?     127

Jeffrey Veidlinger

From Boston to Mississippi on the Warsaw Yiddish Stage     141

Kathleen Cioffi

Provisorium, Kompania, and their Rots in the "Other" Polish Theatre     165

Allen Kuharski

The Virtual Theatre of Witold Gombrowicz     183


New Labor History marks a first return to labor and workers' history in the Russian field after a decade when most historians turned to other issues. In this collection, established scholars join with younger researchers to bring new materials, innovative methods, and fresh interpretations to bear on the study of the workers' role in late tsarist and revolutionary history (1840-1918). The collection suggests the need to re-examine the experiences and aspirations of workers and, by implication, other groups in order to gain striking new insights into the pre-revolutionary era and the revolutionary process itself. The co-editors and participants hope to rekindle interest in an area of research that many have thought had exhausted its ability to intrigue, that is, to raise questions and promote hard thinking about late imperial Russia.

This book is Volume 1 of the  Allan K. Wildman Group Historical Series

Book Reviews

Review in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Volume 39, Issue 2-3, 2005: 288 – 290