Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History

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A leading journal of Russian and Eurasian history, Kritika is dedicated to internationalizing the field and making it relevant to a broad interdisciplinary audience. The journal regularly publishes forums, discussions, and special issues; it regularly translates important works by Russian and European scholars into English; and it publishes in every issue in-depth, lengthy review articles, review essays, and reviews of Russian, Eurasian, and European works that are rarely, if ever, reviewed in North American Russian studies journals.


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American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents/Arts and Humanities, Historical Abstracts, ISI Alerting Service, International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Modern Language Association, Wilson Humanities Full Text, Wilson OmniFile Full Text


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Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland



                                      Special Issue

      Science, Fiction, and Power in the Soviet Union


From the Editors

Technopolitics and the Frontiers of History . . . 677



Alexei Yurchak

Communist Proteins: Lenin’s Skin, Astrobiology, and the Origin of Life . . . 683


Slava Gerovitch

“We Teach Them to Be Free”: Specialized Math Schools and the Cultivation of the Soviet Technical Intelligentsia . . . 717


Ksenia Tatarchenko

“The Right to Be Wrong”: Science Fiction, Gaming, and the Cybernetic Imaginary in Kon-Tiki: A Path to the Earth (1985–86) . . . 755


Joseph Kellner

As Above, So Below: Astrology and the Fate of Soviet Scientism . . . 783



Grégory Dufaud

The History of Science and Technology, or How to Grasp Heterogeneity . . . 813



Volodymyr Kravchenko

Putting One and One Together? “Ukraine,” “Malorossiia,” and “Russia” . . . 823


Courtney Doucette

A Blast from the Past . . . 841



Maureen Perrie

Samozvanstvo and the Legitimation of Power in Russian Political Culture . . . 855


Zhang Fengfeng and Zhang Laiyi

Divergent Paths in the History of Central Eurasia . . . 865


Éric Aunoble

Postrevolutionary Syndromes . . . 879


Jörn Happel

Nikolai Bolkhovitinov Analyzes the US Enemy in the USSR . . . 889


Katja M. Mielke

Thirty Years after the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan . . . 895



Laurie Manchester

Mark von Hagen (1954–2019) . . . 904



Taras Kuzio

To the Editors

With a Response from Tarik Cyril Amar . . . 907


Contributors to This Issue . . . 911

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland

From the Editors

An Interview with Kate Brown     437

Forum: Crime, Labor, and Justice in the Wartime USSR

Oleg Budnitskii
The Great Terror of 1941

Toward a History of Wartime Stalinist Criminal Justice    447

Oleg V. Khlevniuk
Deserters from the Labor Front

The Limits of Coercion in the Soviet War Economy    481


Alexander V. Maiorov
Byzantine Imperial Purple in Ancient Rus ́    505

Laurie Manchester
Fusing Russian Nationalism with Soviet Patriotism

Changing Conceptions of Homeland and the Mass Repatriation of Manchurian Russians after Stalin’s Death     529

History and Historians: Reflections on Women’s History

Introduction     559

Barbara Engel
“In the Beginning”     565

Eve Levin
A Journey through Feminism     571

Natalia Pushkareva
My Women’s History, My Memory     577

David L. Ransel
A Side Door to Women’s History     583

Christine D. Worobec
A Circuitous Path     591

Review Essays

Michael Hancock-Parmer Flight and Famine

Interrogating Collectivization, Stalinism, and Genocide     601

Eleonory Gilburd
Seminal Years and the Long Arc of the Moral Universe.    613


Steven Seegel
The Enlightenment in Russia and Points West.    627

Boris Ganichev
Seeing the Russian Empire through an Ottoman Prism.    634

Adeeb Khalid
Cottonizing Central Asia    644

Rósa Magnúsdóttir
Truth and Lies across the Iron Curtain    649

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony
The Struggle for a Political Economy from Gorbachev to Putin     655

In Memoriam

Alain Blum and Françoise Daucé
Larissa Zakharova (1977–2019)    662

Contributors to This Issue     673

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland

From the Editors

“The Year That Changed the World”?​     221


Erratum​     226


Forum: Oral History and Memory in Soviet Central Asia

Jeff Sahadeo

Introduction ​     227

Marianne Kamp

Hunger and Potatoes: The 1933 Famine in Uzbekistan and Changing Foodways​      237

Adrienne L. Edgar

What to Name the Children? Oral Histories of Ethnically Mixed Families in Soviet Kazakhstan and Tajikistan​      269

Ali İğmen

Gender and National Identity in Memories of the Late 20th-Century Soviet Theater in Kyrgyzstan ​     291



Evgenii A. Krestiannikov

Along the Routes of Justice: Judicial Circuit Riding in Western Siberia during the Late Imperial Period ​     315


Review Essays

Alexander E. Balistreri

Writer, Rebel, Soldier, Shaykh: Border Crossers in the Historiography of the Modern Caucasus ​     345

Christine E. Evans

Stirlitz in Washington? What “Stagnation” Tells Us Now ​     365



Lynn Ellen Patyk

Reading, Writing, and Realism in 19th-Century Russia ​     377

Alexander Morrison

Convicts and Concentration Camps ​     390

Oksana Bulgakowa

The Other History of Soviet Cinema​     404

Joshua Rubenstein

Unearthing the Holocaust on the Russian Front ​     409

Susanne Schattenberg

Brezhnev’s Memos as a Source ​     421

Walter Sperling

Moscow, Maidan, and the Politics of Russia’s “Glorious Past” ​    430



Ben Eklof and Tatiana Saburova

To the Editors ​     433


Contributors to This Issue ​     435

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland


From the Editors
Walled Worlds “Illiberal Democracy” and the CEU Affair     1
Forum: “National Indifference” in the Russian Empire

Andrei Cusco
Russians, Romanians, or Neither?
Mobilization of Ethnicity and “National Indifference” in Early 20th-Century Bessarabia     7

Karsten Brüggemann and Katja Wezel
Nationally Indifferent or Ardent Nationalists?
On the Options for Being German in Russia’s Baltic Provinces, 1905–17     39

Alexei Miller “National Indifference” as a Political Strategy?     63


John M. Romero
Soviet Music as National Achievement
The development of Professional Music in the tatar Assr, 1928–59     73

Simone A. Bellezza
The “Transnationalization” of Ukrainian Dissent
New York City Ukrainian Students and the Defense of Human Rights, 1968–80     99

Review Essays

Luba Golburt
Private Affairs
Histories of the Russian Age of Sensibility     121

Theodore R. Weeks
Jews and Russians from Imperial to Soviet Times    133

Tarik Cyril Amar
Politics,  Starvation, and Memory
A Critique of Red Famine    145


Ricarda Vulpius
The Russian Variant of Enlightenment    171

Boris Kolonitskii
Before and After the Revolution     179

Vitalij Fastovskij
In Search of Soviet Podlinnost ́     184

Barbara Martin and Clemens Günther
Psychiatry in Late Soviet Literature     191

Karl D. Qualls
Making Spaces, Building Socialism, Transforming People     198

Andreas Hilger
The Global Cold War and its Legacies     208

Contributors to This Issue    219

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland


From the Editors

An Interview with Lewis H. Siegelbaum     689


Rachel Koroloff Juniper
From Medicine to Poison and Back Again in 17th-Century Muscovy     697

Siobhán Hearne
To Denounce or Defend?
Public Participation in the Policing of Prostitution in Late Imperial Russia     717

Yuexin Rachel Lin
The Opportunity of a Thousand Years
Chinese Merchant Organizations in the Russian Civil War     745

Edward Cohn
A Soviet Theory of Broken Windows
Prophylactic Policing and the KGB’s Struggle with Political Unrest in the Baltic Republics     769

Review Essays

Alison K. Smith
The Russian Empire, the Russian Nation, and the Problem of the 19th Century     793

Sofya Salomatina
Debtors and Creditors in the Modern Age
An Interdisciplinary Dialogue     813

Stephen M. Norris
Killing Stalin
An Interpretation in Three Acts    827


Jennifer Keating
Place, Power, and Experience in Tsarist Exile     849

Olga Malinova-Tziafeta
On the Path to Russian Modernity    861

Sören Urbansky
Challenges of Subalternity on the Northeast Asian Frontier    867

Joshua Rubenstein
Millenarian Bolshevism?    877

Igor Narskii
Archaeology of a Lost World and Remembering Soviet Life    891

Erratum 907

Contributors to This Issue    908