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


From the Editors

On the Centenary of Revolution     229



Alexander V. Maiorov

Prince Mikhail of Chernigov

From Maneuverer to Martyr     237

Mustafa Tuna

“Pillars of the Nation”

The Making of a Russian Muslim Intelligentsia and the Origins of Jadidism     257


Sören Urbansky and Helena Barop

Under the Red Star’s Faint Light

How Sakhalin Became Soviet     283

Molly Pucci

Translating the State

Czechoslovakia’s Search for the Soviet Model of the Secret Police, 1945–52      317


Ex Tempore: Did the Working Class Matter in 1917?

An Introduction from the Editors     345

Boris N. Mironov

Cannon Fodder for the Revolution

The Russian Proletariat in 1917     351


Sarah Badcock

Interrogating Working-Class Lives

Evidence in Social History     371

Diane P. Koenker

Talkin’ about Class Formation     377

William G. Rosenberg

On Cannon Fodder and Straw Men     389



Boris N. Mironov

The Workers Question and Revolutionary Gamesmanship in 1917     401


Review Essay

Norihiro Naganawa

Transimperial Muslims, the Modernizing State, and Local Politics in the Late Imperial Volga-Ural Region     417



Boris Belge

Between Party and People(s)—Where Music Sounds     437

Lewis H. Siegelbaum

Both Sides Now     444


Contributors to This Issue     450

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland


From the Editors

Within and Beyond the Ivory Tower

Worlds without Nationalist Blinders     1


Forum: A Different World Order? The USSR and the Global South

Masha Kirasirova
The “East” as a Category of Bolshevik Ideology and Comintern Administration

The Arab Section of the Communist University of the Toilers of the East     7

Samuel J. Hirst
Soviet Orientalism across Borders

Documentary Film for the Turkish Republic     35

Katerina Clark
Indian Leftist Writers of the 1930s Maneuver among India, London, and Moscow

The Case of Mulk Raj Anand and His Patron Ralph Fox      63



Bruce Grant
Communist Internationals      89



Charles J. Halperin
Contemporary Russian Perceptions of Ivan IV’s
Oprichnina      95

Claire Knight
Enemy Films on Soviet Screens

Trophy Films during the Early Cold War, 1947–52 125


Review Essays

Ian W. Campbell Writing Imperial Lives

Biography, Autobiography, and Microhistory     151

Ilya Kukulin
Russian Literature on the Shoah

New Approaches and Contexts     165

Dietrich Beyrau
A Bird’s Eye View of Soviet and World Communism      177



Mary Schaeffer Conroy
Imperial Russia’s Civil Society, 1750–1917     193

Kirill Rossiianov
Ivan Pavlov and the Moral Physiology of Self     203

Frank Henschel
Youth Cultures in Eastern Europe     210

Vladimir Solonari
Stalinist Purges during and after World War II as Retribution 216


In Memoriam

Paul W. Werth
Thomas Barrett (1960–2016)     222


Contributors to This Issue     226

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland


From the Editors

Across and Beyond

Rethinking Transnational History    715



Wim Coudenys
Translation and the Emergence of History as an Academic Discipline in 18th-Century Russia    721


Ellie R. Schainker
On Faith and Fanaticism 

Converts from Judaism and the Limits of Toleration in Late Imperial Russia     753


Grégory Dufaud and Lara Rzesnitzek
Soviet Psychiatry through the Prism of Circulation

The Case of Outpatient Psychiatry in the Interwar Period    781

Franziska Exeler
What Did You Do during the War?

Personal Responses to the Aftermath of Nazi Occupation     805


Donald J. Raleigh

“Soviet” Man of Peace

Leonid Il ́ich Brezhnev and His Diaries 837


Review Article

Paul W. Werth
Conformity and Defiance in a Religious Key     869

Review Essay

Christoph Witzenrath

Closing Gaps or Digging Holes?

Linking Imperial Frontiers in the 18th and 19th Centuries     897


Darius Staliunas
Poland in the Russian Empire     909

Jörn Happel
Spies and Diplomats in US Soviet Policy      918

Karl Schlögel
Crossing Intellectual Borders     926

Contributors to This Issue      930

Andrew Jenks
Susan Morrissey
Williard Sunderland


From the Editors

Revisiting Old Wars      489

Forum: Soviet Central Asia in and after World War II

Moritz Florin

Becoming Soviet through War

The Kyrgyz and the Great Fatherland War      495

Charles Shaw

Soldiers’ Letters to Inobatxon and O’g’ulxon

Gender and Nationality in the Birth of a Soviet Romantic Culture       517

Timothy Nunan

A Union Reframed

Sovinformbiuro, Postwar Soviet Photography, and Visual Orders in Soviet Central Asia       553

Artemy M. Kalinovsky

Central Planning, Local Knowledge?

Labor, Population, and the “Tajik School of Economics”       585


Adrienne Lynn Edgar

Central Asian History as Soviet History       621

Review Essays

Julia Leikin

Across the Seven Seas

Is Russian Maritime History More Than Regional History?       631

Jared McBride

Who’s Afraid of Ukrainian Nationalism?       647

Anna Ivanova

Socialist Consumption and Brezhnev’s Stagnation

A Reappraisal of Late Communist Everyday Life       665


David L. Ransel

Imperial Property Law and Its Consequences       679

Eric Lohr

The Russian Army in World War I       688

Scott Gehlbach

Taxes and Citizenship, 1850s–1920s       698

Vladimir Solonari

Soviet Foreign Relations “Hard” and “Soft,” 1917–45       702

Contributors to This Issue       712


Victoria Frede
Andrew Jenks
William Sunderland

From the Editors

The Vibrant 18th Century      237

Forum: Decrees and the Limits of Autocracy in 18th-Century Russia

Evgenii V. Akelev
The Barber of All Russia

Lawmaking, Resistance, and Mutual Adaptation during

Peter the Great’s Cultural Reforms      241

Sergey Chernikov
Noble Landownership in 18th-Century Russia

Revisiting the Economic and Sociopolitical Consequences of

Partible Inheritance      277

Elena Marasinova
Punishment by Penance in 18th-Century Russia

Church Practices in the Service of the Secular State      305

Lorenz Erren
Feofan Prokopovich’s Pravda voli monarshei as Fundamental Law

of the Russian Empire      333


Richard S. Wortman
Intentions and Realities in 18th-Century Monarchy

New Insights and Discoveries      361

History and Historians

Interview with William Craft Brumfield Faded Glory in Full Color

Russia’s Architectural History      379

David L. Ransel
From the Del ́vig House to the Gas-Scraper

The Fight to Preserve St. Petersburg      405

Review Essays

Michael D. Gordin
Reflexivity and the Russian Professoriate      433

Volodymyr Ryzhkovskyi

Beyond the Binaries

The Postwar Soviet Intelligentsia in History and Memory      447


George G. Weickhardt
Criminal Law in Muscovy      461

Jonathan W. Daly
Perlustration in Imperial Russia      466

François-Xavier Nérard
Stalinism as Traditional Political Culture      475


Justin Yoo
To the Editors      483

Isaac Scarborough
To the Editors      484

Contributors to This Issue      486