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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Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Alexander M. Martin


From the Editors
Violence, "Political" Violence, and Terror in Russian History [p. 485]


Chester S.L. Dunning
Terror in the Time of Troubles [p. 491]

Georg Michels
Ruling Without Mercy: Seventeenth-Century Russian Bishops and Their Officials [p. 515]

Paul W. Werth
Coercion and Conversion: Violence and the Mass Baptism of the Volga Peoples, 1740-55 [p. 543]

Sally A. Boniece
The Spiridonova Case, 1906: Terror, Myth, and Martyrdom [p. 571]

Eric Lohr
Patriotic Violence and the State: The Moscow Riots of May 1915 [p. 607 ]

Peter Holquist
Violent Russia, Deadly Marxism? Russia in the Epoch of Violence, 1905-21 [p. 627]

Kenneth M. Pinnow
Violence Against the Collective Self and the Problem of Social Integration in Early Bolshevik Russia [p. 653]


Laura Engelstein
Weapon of the Weak (Apologies to James Scott): Violence in Russian History [p. 679]

Michael Geyer
Some Hesitant Observations Concerning "Political Violence" [p. 695]

Review Article

John Keep
Sergei Sergeevich Dmitriev and His Diary [p. 709]


Brian Boeck
Nikolai Aleksandrovich Mininkov, Donskoe kazachestvo v epokhu pozdnego srednevekov'ia (do 1671); Serhii Plokhy, The Cossacks and Religion in Early Modern Ukraine; Dimitrii Vladimirovich Sen', "Voisko Kubanskoe Ignatovo Kavkazskoe": Istoricheskie puti kazakov- nekrasovtsev (1708 g. -- konets 1920-kh gg.); Shane O'Rourke, Warriors and Peasants: The Don Cossacks in Late Imperial Russia [p. 735]

Amy Nelson
Sergei Sergeevich Ippolitov and Almaziia Garafovna Kataeva. "Ne mogu otorvat'sia ot Rossii..." Russkie knigoizdateli v Germanii v 1920-kh gg. [p. 747]

Joerg Baberowski
J. Arch Getty and Oleg V. Naumov, eds., The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939; Lewis Siegelbaum and Andrei Sokolov, eds., Stalinism as a Way of Life [p. 752]

Oleg Khlevniuk
Marc Jansen and Nikita Petrov, Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 [p. 760]

Ethan Pollock
Nikolai Krementsov, The Cure: A Story of Cancer and Politics from the Annals of the Cold War; V. D. Esakov and E. S. Levina, Delo KR: Sudy chesti v ideologii i praktike poslevoennogo stalinizma [p. 768]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Alexander M. Martin


From the Editors
A Topical Index [p. 277]


J.T. Kotilaine
Competing Claims: Russian Foreign Trade via Arkhangel'sk and the Eastern Baltic Ports in the 17th Century [p. 279]

Andrei Zorin
"Star of the EastÓ: The Holy Alliance and European Mysticism [p. 313]

David R. Stone
Mobilization and the Red Army's Move into Civil Administration, 1925-31 [p. 343]

Ex Tempore: Experts and Believers after the Collapse of Communism

Peter Kenez
Dealing with Discredited Beliefs [p.369]

Abbott Gleason
In Response to "Discredited Beliefs" [p. 379]

Review Essays

Marc Raeff
Russian Europeans [p. 383]

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
Contextualizing the Mystery: Three Approaches to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion [p. 395]

Vladimir Solonari
Creating a "People": A Case Study in Post-Soviet History-Writing [p. 411]


Marshall S. Shatz
Iurii Arkad'evich Borisenok, Mikhail Bakunin i "pol'skaia intriga": 1840-e gody [Mikhail Bakunin and the “Polish Intrigue”: The 1840s] [p. 439]

Robert Crews
Christian Noack, Muslimischer Nationalismus im Russischen Reich: Nationsbildung und Nationalbewegung bei Tataren und Baschkiren, 1861–1917 [Muslim Nationalism in the Russian Empire: Nation-Building and National Movements among the Tatars and Bashkirs, 1861-1917] [p. 444]

Julie V. Brown
Irina Sirotkina, Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural History of Psychiatry in Russia, 1880-1930; Monika Spivak, Posmertnaia diagnostika genial'nosti: Eduard Bagritskii, Andrei Belyi, Vladimir Maiakovskii v kollektsii Instituta mozga. Materialy iz arkhiva G. I. Poliakova [The Posthumous Diagnosis of Genius: Eduard Bagritskii, Andrei Belyi, Vladimir Maiakovskii in the Collection of the Institute of the Brain. Materials from the Archive of G. I. Poliakov] [p. 451]

Jon Sumida
Jürgen Rohwer and Mikhail S. Monakov, Stalin’s Ocean-Going Fleet: Soviet Naval Strategy and Shipbuilding Programmes, 1935-1953 [p. 460 ]
Kiril Tomoff
Nelli Grigor'evna Shakhnazarova, Paradoksy sovetskoi muzykal'noi kul'tury: 30-e gody [Paradoxes of Soviet Musical Culture: The 1930s]; Sergei Bertensson and Jay Leyda, Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music [p. 466]

Contributors to this Issue [p. 483]

Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Alexander M. Martin


From the Editors
"1930s Studies"
[p. 1]


Lars T. Lih
How a Founding Document Was Found, or One Hundred Years of Lenin's What is to Be Done? [p. 5]

Forum: Population Movements and Population Politics from World War I to World War II

Nick Baron and Peter Gatrell

Lynne Viola

Alfred J. Rieber
Civil Wars in the Soviet Union [p. 129]


Peter Holquist
New Terrains and New Chronologies: The Interwar Period through the Lens of Population Politics [p. 163]

Review Essays

Patrice M. Dabrowski
Russian-Polish Relations Revisited, or The ABC's of "Treason" under Tsarist Rule [p. 177]

Boris Mironov
Has Post-Modernism Come to Russia? Comments on the Anthology "American Russian Studies" [p. 201]


Franklin A. Walker
Eduard Izrailevich Kolchinskii, ed., Vo glave pervenstvuiushchego uchenogo sosloviia Rossii: Ocherki zhizni i deiatel'nosti prezidentov Imperatorskoi Sankt-Peterburgskoi Akademii nauk 1715-1917 gg.; Iurii Davidovich Margolis and Grigorii Alekseevich Tishkin, "Edinym vdokhnoveniem": Ocherki istorii universitetskogo obrazovaniia v Peterburge v kontse XVIII-pervoi polovine XIX v.; Andrei Iur'evich Andreev, Moskovskii universitet v obshchestvennoi i kul'turnoi zhizni Rossii nachala XIX veka [p. 227]

Alexei Miller
Israel Kleiner, From Nationalism to Universalism: Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinski and the Ukrainian Question [p. 232]

Doug Weiner
Anatolii Evgen'evich Ivanov, Studenchestvo Rossii kontsa XIX-nachala XX veka: Sotsial'no-istoricheskaia sud'ba; Susan K. Morrissey, Heralds of Revolution: Russian Students and the Mythologies of Radicalism [p. 239]

Jeffrey Brooks
Ol'ga Velikanova, Obraz Lenina v massovom vospriatii sovetskikh liudei po arkhivnym materialam [p. 254]

David Mandel
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kozlov, Massovye besporiadki v SSSR pri Khrushcheve i Brezhneve (1953-nachalo 1980-kh gg.); Samuel H. Baron, Bloody Saturday in the Soviet Union: Novocherkassk, 1962 [p. 260]

Contributors to this Issue [p. 275]

Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe


From the Editors
The Kritika Index: The Shrinking Past [p. 575]

Irina Paperno
Personal Accounts of the Soviet Experience [p. 577 ]

Galina S. Rylkova
Literature and Revolution: The Case of Aleksandr Blok [p. 611 ]

Alison Hilton - Reaction
Humanizing Utopia: Paradoxes of Soviet Folk Art [p. 459]

Review Article
Catriona Kelly
Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Chronicles of the Quotidian in Russia and the Soviet Union [p. 631 ]

Review Essays
Charles J. Halperin
Cultural Categories, Councils and Consultation in Muscovy [p. 653 ]

Maia Lavrinovitch
In the Shadow of Catherine the Great: Mythologies and Biographies of Peter III and Paul I [p. 685 ]

Erik van Ree
Stalin as Writer and Thinker [p. 699 ]

J. T. Kotilaine
Jan Willem Veluwenkamp, Archangel: Nederlandse ondernemers in Rusland 1550-1785 [Arkhangel'sk: Dutch Entrepeneurs in Russia, 1550-1785] [p. 715 ]

Valerie A. Kivelson
Aleksandr Sergeevich Lavrov, Koldovstvo i religiia v Rossii, 1700-1740 gg. [p. 723 ]

Adeeb Khalid
Devin DeWeese, Islamization and Native Religion in the Golden Horde: Baba Tükles and Conversion to Islam in Historical and Epic Tradition; Allen J. Frank, Islamic Historiography and "Bulghar" Identity among the Tatars and Bashkirs of Russia; Stéphane A. Dudoignon, Dämir Is'haqov, and Räfiq Möhämmätshin, eds., L'Islam de Russie: Conscience communautaire et autonomie politique chez les Tatars de la Volga et de l'Oural depuis le XVIIIe siècle. Actes du colloque international d Qazan, 29 avril-1 juin 1996 [p. 728 ]

Anna Geifman

Oleg Vital'evich Budnitskii, Terrorizm v rossiiskom osvoboditel'nom dvizhenii: Ideologiia, etika, psikhologiia (vtoraia polovina XIX-nachalo XX v.) [p. 739 ]

Steven T. Duke
Wayne Dowler, Classroom and Empire: The Politics of Schooling Russia's Eastern Nationalities, 1860-1917; Toivo Flink, Maaorjuuden ja vallankumouksen puristuksessa: Inkerin ja Pietarin suomalaisten sivistys-, kulttuuri- ja itsetuntopyrkimyskiä vuosina 1861-1917 [Squeezed by Serfdom and Revolution: The Ingrian and St. Petersburg Finns' Endeavors for Education, Culture, and Self-Consciousness, 1861-1917]; Nina Emil'evna Vashkau, Shkola v nemetskikh koloniiakh Povolzh'ia 1764-1917 gg. [p. 746 ]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe


From the Editors
New Journals in the New Russia (p. 389)

Forum: Russian Folk Art under Lenin and Stalin

Susannah Lockwood Smith
From Peasants to Professionals: The Socialist-Realist Transformation of a Russian Folk Choir [p. 393]

Andrew Jenks
From Periphery to Center: Palekh and Indigenization in the Russian Heartland [p. 427]
Alison Hilton -Reaction
Humanizing Utopia: Paradoxes of Soviet Folk Art [p. 459]

Ex Tempore: Muscovite Despotism

Marshall Poe
The Truth about Muscovy [p. 473]

Valerie A. Kivelson
On Words, Sources, and Historical Method: Which Truth about Muscovy? [p. 487]

Charles J. Halperin
Muscovy as a Hypertrophic State: A Critique [p. 501]

Review Essays

Roger D. Markwick
Stalinism at War [p. 509]

Hiroaki Kuromiya
World War II, Jews, and Post-War Soviet Society [p. 521]


Jonathan Grant
Klaus Gestwa, Proto-Industrialisierung in Russland: Wirtschaft, Herrschaft und Kultur in Ivanovo und Pavlovo, 1741-1932 [p. 533]

David Moon
Leonid Vasil'evich Milov, Velikorusskii pakhar' i osobennosti rossiiskogo istoricheskogo protsessa [p. 537]

Frank Golczewski
Vladimir Iakimovich Grosul, ed., Russkii konservatizm XIX stoletiia: Ideologiia i praktika; Andreas Renner, Russischer Nationalismus und Öffentlichkeit im Zarenreich 1855-1875; Yitzhak M. Brudny, Reinventing Russia: Russian Nationalism and the Soviet State, 1953-1991; Astrid S. Tuminez, Russian Nationalism Since 1856: Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy [p. 546]

T. H. Rigby
Efim Gilevich Gimpel'son, Sovetskie upravlentsy 1917-1920 gg. [p. 554]

Catherine Klein-Gousseff
Anatolii Vishnevskii, Serp i rubl': Konservativnaia modernizatsiia v SSSR; Anatole Vichnevski, La faucille et le rouble: La modernisation conservatrice en URSS [p. 558]