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
Marshall Poe


From the Editors
On the Narrowness of "Periods," or 1699 is not 1700 [p. 193]


Daniel H. Kaiser
"He Said, She Said": Rape and Gender Discourse in Early Modern Russia [p. 197]

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
The "Jewish Policy" of the Late Imperial War Ministry: The Impact of the Russian Right [p. 217]

Jan Plamper
Foucault's Gulag [p. 255]

Review Forum: Rewriting the 20th Century

Omer Bartov
Extreme Opinions [p. 281]

Ronald Grigor Suny
Obituary or Autopsy? Historians Look at Russia/USSR in the Short 20th Century [p. 303]

Review Essays

John-Paul Himka
The Ukrainian Idea in the Second Half of the 19th Century [p. 321]


Russell E. Martin
Ludwig Steindorff, ed. and trans., Das Speisungsbuch von Volokolamsk: Eine Quelle zur Sozialgeschischte russischer Klöster im 16. Jahrhundert [p. 337]

Tat'iana Viktorovna Alent'eva
Nikolai Nikolaevich Bolkhovitinov, ed., Istoriia Russkoi Ameriki (1732-1867). Vol. 1: Osnovanie Russkoi Ameriki (1732-1799); Vol. 2: Deiatel'nost' Rossiisko-amerikanskoi kompanii (1792-1825); Vol. 3: Russkaia Amerika: Ot zenita k zakatu (1825-1867) [p. 341]

Lennart Samuelson
Sergei Alekseevich Gorlov, Sovershenno sekretno: Moskva&endash;Berlin 1920&endash;1933. Voenno-politicheskie otnosheniia mezhdu SSSR i Germaniei; Sergei Alekseevich Gorlov, Sovershenno sekretno: Al'ians Moskva&endash;Berlin 1920&endash;1933 gg. (Voenno-politicheskie otnosheniia SSSR&endash;Germaniia) [p. 348]

Stephen V. Bittner
E. S. Afanes'eva, Vitalii Iur'evich Afiani, L. A. Velichanskaia, Zoia Konstantinovna Vodop'ianova, and E. V. Kochubei, eds., Ideologicheskie komissii TsK KPSS, 1958-1964: Dokumenty [p. 356]

Dan Healey
Ol'ga Zhuk, Russkie Amazonki: Istoriia lesbiiskoi subkul'tury v Rossii XX vek [p. 362]

Roman K. Kovalev
Thomas S. Noonan (1938)

Experts and Peasants: An Exchange (Esther Kingston-Mann, Alessandro Stanzianzi, Yanni Kotsonis, Lars T. Lih) [p. 372]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe


From the Editors
11 September 2001: The Return of History [p. 1]


Sara Dickinson
Russia's First "Orient": Characterizing the Crimea in 1787 [p. 3]

Austin Jersild and Neli Melkadze
The Dilemmas of Enlightenment in the Eastern Borderlands: The Theater and Library in Tbilisi [p. 27]

Serhy Yekelchyk
Stalinist Patriotism as Imperial Discourse: Reconciling the Ukrainian and Russian "Heroic Pasts," 1939-45 [p. 51]


Daniel Brower
Whose Cultures? [p. 81]

Review Article

Aleksandr I. Filiushkin
Post-Modernism and the Study of the Russian Middle Ages [p. 89]

Review Essay

Rafaella Faggionato
New and Old Works on Russian Freemasonry [p. 111]


Anna Gessen and Marshall Poe
Pavel Vladimirovich Lukin, Narodnye predstavleniia o gosudarstvennoi vlasti v Rossii XVII veka [p. 129]

Andrew Gentes
Pavel Levonovich Kazarian, Iakutiia v sisteme politicheskoi ssylki Rossii 1826-1917 gg.; Leonid Mikhailovich Goriushkin, ed., Politicheskaia ssylka v Sibiri: Nerchinskaia katorga [p. 140]

Erik Landis
Arno J. Mayer, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions [p. 152]

Frederick C. Corney
Sergei Viktorovich Iarov, Gorozhanin kak politik: Revoliutsiia, voennyi kommunizm i NEP glazami Petrogradtsev ; idem, Proletarii kak politik: Politicheskaia psikhologiia rabochikh Petrograda v 1917-1923 gg. idem, Krest'ianin kak politik: Krest'ianstvo Severo-Zapada Rossii v 1918-1919 gg. Politicheskoe myshlenie i massovyi protest [p. 164]

Michael David-Fox
Irina Nikolaevna Il'ina, Obshchestvennye organizatsii Rossii v 1920-e gody [p. 173]

Adrienne Lynn Edgar
Olivier Roy, The New Central Asia: The Creation of Nations ; Paul Georg Geiss, Nationenwerdung in Mittelasien [p. 182]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe


From the Editors
Really-Existing Revisionism? [p. 707]


Nicholas B. Breyfogle
Caught in the Crossfire? Russian Sectarians in the Caucasian Theater of War, 1853-56 and 1877-78 [p. 713]

Oleg Budnitskii
Jews, Pogroms, and the White Movement: A Historiographical Critique [p. 751]


Mikhail Dolbilov
The Political Mythology of Autocracy: Scenarios of Power and the Role of the Autocrat [p. 773]

Richard S. Wortman
Reply to Mikhail Dolbilov [p. 797]

Review Article

Lars T. Lih
Experts and Peasants [p. 803]

Review Essays

Jeffrey Veidlinger
From Shtetl to Society: Jews in 19th-Century Russia [p. 823]

Anne E. Gorsuch
Women's Autobiographical Narratives: Soviet Presentations of Self [p. 835]


James R. Weiss
Volodymyr D. Lytvynov, Renesansnyi humanizm v Ukraini: Idei humanizmu epokhy Vidrodzhennia v ukrain'skii filosofii XV-pochatku XVII stolittia [p. 849]

Olga E. Glagoleva
Aleksandr Iur'evich Samarin, Chitatel' v Rossii vo vtoroi polovine XVIII veka (po spiskam podpischikov) [p. 853]

Kenneth M. Pinnow
Grigorii Chkhartishvili, Pisatel' i samoubiistvo; Irina Paperno, Samoubiistvo kak kul'turnyi institut Irina Paperno, Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia [p. 862]

Elizabeth Jones Hemenway
Nikolai Nikolaevich Smirnov, Boris Ivanovich Kolonitskii, and Vladimir Iur'evich Cherniaev, eds., Istorik i revoliutsiia: Sbornik statei k 70-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia Olega Nikolaevicha Znamenskogo [p. 870]

Alfred J. Rieber
Michel Dreyfus, Bruno Groppo, Claudio Sergio Ingerflom, Roland Lew, Claude Pennetier, Bernard Pudal, and Serge Wolikow, eds., Le siècle des communismes [p. 878]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe

Special Issue
Negotiating Cultural Upheavals: Cultural Politics and Memory in 20th-Century Russia

From the Editors
Russophobia and the American Politics of Russian History [p. 465]


Sheila Fitzpatrick
Making a Self for the Times: Impersonation and Imposture in 20th-Century Russia [p. 469]

Leonid Livak
Making Sense of Exile: Russian Literary Life in Paris as a Cultural Construct, 1920-40 [p. 489]

Ruth Rischin
In the Shades of Spain: Gor'kii's Last Legacy to Hebrew Literature [p. 513]

Katerina Clark
Germanophone Intellectuals in Stalin's Russia: Diaspora and Cultural Identity in the 1930s [p. 529]

Stephen V. Bittner

Remembering the Avant-Garde: Moscow Architects and the "Rehabilitation" of Constructivism, 1961-64 [p. 553]

Denis Kozlov
The Historical Turn in Late Soviet Culture: Retrospectivism, Factography, Doubt, 1953-91 [p. 577]


Michael David-Fox
Cultural Memory in the Century of Upheaval: Big Pictures and Snapshots [p. 601]

Review Essays

Josh Sanborn
What's New in Russian Military History and Why You Should Care [p. 615]

Richard G. Robbins, Jr.
Vladimir Dzhunkovskii: Witness for the Defense [p. 635]


Jarmo Kotilaine
Vladimir Alekseevich Varentsov, Gennadii Mikhailovich Kovalenko and Valentin Lavrent'evich Ianin, eds., Tamozhennye knigi Velikogo Novgoroda 1610-11 i 1613-14 godov Andrei Viktorovich Iurasov, ed., Tamozhennye knigi goroda Velikie Luki 1669-1676 gg. Dmitrii Iakovlevich Rezun, Z. V. Bashkatova, and I. R. Sokolovskii, eds., Tamozhennye knigi sibirskikh gorodov XVII veka , vol. 1: Surgut i Tara ; vol. 2: Turinsk, Kuznets, Tomsk [p.655]

Cecilia Ghetti
Sergio Bertolissi, Un paese sull'orlo delle riforme: La Russia zarista dal 1861 al 1904 ; Viktoriia Maksimovna Khevrolina, Vlast' i obshchestvo: Bor'ba v Rossii po voprosam vneshnei politiki, 1878-1894 gg. [p. 664]

Daniel Orlovsky
Vladimir Prokhorovich Buldakov, Krasnaia smuta: Priroda i posledstviia revoliutsionnogo nasiliia [p. 675]

David R. Stone
Oleg Fedotovich Suvenirov, Tragediia RKKA, 1937-1938 [P. 680]

Brian Kassof
Arlen Viktorovich Blium, Sovetskaia tsenzura v epokhu total'nogo terrora, 1929-1953 [p. 689]


Michael David-Fox
Peter Holquist
Marshall Poe

Special Issue
The State of the Field: Russian History Ten Years After the Fall

From the Editors
A Remarkable Decade [p. 229]

Ten Years After

Nancy Shields Kollmann
Convergence, Expansion, and Experimentation:
Current Trends in Muscovite History-Writing [p. 233]

Gary Marker
The Ambiguities of the 18th Century [p. 241]

Thomas C. Owen
Recent Developments in Economic History, 1700-1940 [p. 253]

Alfred J. Rieber
From Reform to Empire: Russia's "New" Political History [p. 261]

Gregory L. Freeze
Recent Scholarship on Russian Orthodoxy: A Critique [p. 269]

Alain Blum
Social History as the History of Measuring Populations:
A Post-1987 Renewal [p. 279]

V.P. Buldakov
Scholarly Passions around the Myth of "Great October":
Results of the Past Decade [p. 295]

Gábor T. Rittersporn
New Horizons: Conceptualizing the Soviet 1930s [p. 307]

Oleg Khlevniuk
Stalinism and the Stalin Period after the "Archival Revolution" [p. 319]

Loren R. Graham
The Birth, Withering, and Rebirth of Russian History of Science [p. 329]

Bruce W. Menning
A Decade Half-Full: Post-Cold War Studies in Russian and
Soviet Military History [p. 341]

Review Articles

Laura Engelstein
Culture, Culture Everywhere: Interpretations of Modern
Russia, across the 1991 Divide [p. 363]

David Rowley
Interpretations of the End of the Soviet Union: Three Paradigms [p. 395]


Nikolaos A. Chrissidis
Ekkehard Kraft, Moskaus griechisches Jahrhundert: Russisch-griechische
Beziehungen und metabyzantinischer Einfluss 1619-1694 [p. 427]

Marc Raeff
Raffaella Faggionato, "Un'utopia rosacrociana. Massoneria,
rosacrocianesimo e illuminismo nella Russia settecentesca: Il circulo
di N. I. Novikov"; Raffaella Faggionato, "Michail Speranskij e
Aleksandr Golicyn: Il riformismo rosacrociano nella Russia di
Alessandro I" [p. 434]

Eugene Clay
Aleksandr Etkind, Khlyst. Sekty, literatura i revoliutsiia [p. 445]

Katerina Clark
Viacheslav T. Sereda and A. S. Stykalin, eds. Besedy na Lubianke:
Sledstvennoe delo Dërdia Lukacha. Materialy k biografii [P. 451]

Ethan Pollock
Vladimir Dmitrievich Esakov, Akademiia nauk v resheniiakh
Politbiuro TsK RKP(b)-VKP(b), 1922-1952 [p. 456]