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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Victoria Frede
Stephen Lovell
Paul W. Werth

From the Editors
An Interview with Laura Engelstein     679

Gary Marker
Narrating Mary’s Miracles and the Politics of Location in Late
17th-Century East Slavic Orthodoxy     695

Jeronim Perović
Chechnya in the Early 1920s
The Establishment of Soviet Power and the Case of Ali Mitaev      729

Forum: Soviet War Financing
Oleg Budnitskii
The Great Patriotic War and Soviet Society
Defeatism, 1941–42      767

Kristy Ironside
Rubles for Victory
The Social Dynamics of State Fundraising on the Soviet Home Front     799

Mark Edele
Toward a Sociocultural History of the Soviet Second World War     829

Classics in Retrospect
Russell E. Martin
“The Encounter between Personal Commitment and Scholarly Curiosity”
A Reappreciation of Sergei Fedorovich Platonov’s Ocherki po
istorii smuty

Review Essay
Alain Blum
The Fabric and Expression of Immaterial Relationships in History     853

Brian L. Davies
Muscovy’s Conquest of Kazan     873

Liliya Berezhnaya
Ukrainians, Cossacks, Mazepists     884

Jonas Kreienbaum
A World of Camps     896

Alexandra Oberländer
Courtrooms Most Russian?     902

Contributors to This Issue     910

Victoria Frede
Stephen Lovell
Paul W. Werth

*2015 recipient of the Heldt Prize, Best Article in Slavic and East European Women's Studies,  Anika Walke's "Jewish Youth in the Minsk Ghetto: How Age and Gender Mattered"

Special Issue: In the Shadow of the Holocaust Soviet Jewry on the Eastern Front From the Editors Soviet Jewry and Soviet History in the Time of War and Holocaust     471 Articles Anna Shternshis Between Life and Death: Why Some Soviet Jews Decided to Leave and Others to Stay in 1941     477 Vladimir Solonari Hating Soviets—Killing Jews: How Antisemitic Were Local Perpetrators in Southern Ukraine, 1941–42?     505 Anika Walke Jewish Youth in the Minsk Ghetto: How Age and Gender Mattered     535 Arkadi Zeltser Differing Views among Red Army Personnel about the Nazi Mass Murder of Jews     563 Reaction Jan T. Gross A Colonial History of the Bloodlands     591 History and Historians Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock “The Confession of an Atheist Who Became a Scholar of Religion”: Nikolai Semenovich Gordienko’s Last Interview     597 Review Essays Mark Gamsa Cities and Identity, War, and Memory in the Baltic Region     621 Polly Jones Socialist Worlds of Dissent and Discontent after Stalinism     637 Reviews Paul Buskovitch The Testament of Ivan the Terrible     653 Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter Power and the 18th-Century Gentry     657 Yanni Kotsonis Citizenship in Russia and the Soviet Union     665 Hiroaki Kuromiya Stalin’s Rule of Terror     670 Contributors to This Issue     676

Victoria Frede
Stephen Lovell
Paul W. Werth

From the Editors
Making Russian History Up      231

Forum: 1812—The War in Words
Nikolai Promyslov
The Image of Russia in French Public Opinion, 1811–12      235

Victor Taki
The Horrors of War
Representations of Violence in European, Oriental, and
“Patriotic” Wars      263

Alexander M. Martin
The Last “War in Lace” or the First “Total War”?     293

Zhivka Valiavicharska
How the Concept of Totalitarianism Appeared in Late Socialist Bulgaria
The Birth and Life of Zheliu Zhelev’s Book Fascism     303

Vladislav Zubok
How the Late Soviet Intelligentsia Swapped Ideology     335

Forum: Fiction and the Historical Imagination
Carolyn J. Pouncy
History, Real and Invented      343

Alfred J. Rieber
A Tale of Three Genres
History, Fiction, and the Historical Detektiv      353

Julius Wachtel
The Road to Stalin’s Witnesses
Seeking Truth through Fiction     365

History and Historians
Joshua Rubenstein
A Jewish Radical, a Jewish Liberal, and Russian History      377

Review Article
Glennys Young
To Russia with “Spain”
Spanish Exiles in the USSR and the Longue Durée of Soviet History     395

Review Essay
Frances Nethercott
Reevaluating Russian Historical Culture      421

Elizabeth Kendall
Opera, Ballet, and Political Power      441

Isabelle Kaplan
Speaking Soviet in Kyrgyzstan      451

Stephen Brain
How the Soviets Explored the Cosmic Void and Found … Nothing      458

Peter B. Brown
To the Editors
With a response by Anna Joukovskaia     466

Contributors to This Issue    468

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Victoria Frede
Stephen Lovell
Paul W. Werth

From the Editors
Open Letter on Open Access     1

Forum: Stalinism and the Economy
Andrew Sloin and Oscar Sanchez-Sibony
Economy and Power in the Soviet Union, 1917–39     7

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony
Depression Stalinism
The Great Break Reconsidered     23

Andrew Sloin
The Politics of Crisis
Economy, Ethnicity, and Trotskyism in Belorussia     51

Benjamin Loring
“Colonizers with Party Cards”
Soviet Internal Colonialism in Central Asia, 1917–39     77

Marcie K. Cowley
The Right of Inheritance and the Stalin Revolution     103

Andrei Markevich
Economics and the Establishment of Stalinism     125

Classics in Retrospect
Maureen Perrie
Uspenskii and Zhivov on Tsar, God, and Pretenders
Semiotics and the Sacralization of the Monarch     133

Review Essay
William G. Wagner
Religion in Modern Russia
Revival and Survival     151

Philip J. Swoboda
Belief and Unbelief in Russia     169

Louise McReynolds
Putting the Dacha in Its Place     180

Martin Schulze Wessel
Confessional Politics and Religious Loyalties in the Russian–Polish Borderlands      184

Charles Steinwedel
Jews and the State in the Russian Empire     197

Eileen Kane
World War I on the Eastern Front     207

William Tompson
Leadership Transition and Policy Change in the USSR after Stalin     217

Contributors to This Issue      229

Victoria Frede
Stephen Lovell
Paul W. Werth

From the Editors:

Interview with John P. LeDonne         701


Anna Joukovskaia
Unsalaried and Unfed
Town Clerks’ Means of Survival in Southwest Russia under Peter I         715

Beatrice Penati
The Cotton Boom and the Land Tax in Russian Turkestan (1880s–1915)         741

History and Historians:

Teresa Cherfas
Reporting Stalin’s Famine
Jones and Muggeridge: A Case Study in Forgetting and Rediscovery         775

Review Essays:

Patrick O’Meara
Recent Russian Historiography on the Decembrists
From “Liberation Movement” to “Public Opinion”         805

Christopher D. Ely
The Unfinished Puzzle of Identity in Imperial Russia          823

Catriona Kelly
Windows on the Soviet Union
The Visual Arts in the Stalin Era          837


Charles J. Halperin
The Battle of Kulikovo Field (1380) in History and Historical Memory         853

Peter B. Brown
Russia’s Administrative Agony 400 Years Ago          865

Theodore R. Weeks
Religious Tolerance in the Russian Empire’s Northwest Provinces          876

Ewa Bérard
Politics and Emotions in St. Petersburg          885

Sari Autio-Sarasmo
National Identity, Modernization, and the Environment          898

In Memoriam:

Daniel C. Waugh
The End of an Era
Remembering Sigurd Ottovich Shmidt (1922–2013)          910

Contributors to This Issue          921