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From the Editor     1

Eric Gordy Introduction     3


Miloš Đinđić and Dragana Bajić
Challenges of Public Administration Reform in Serbia: Between Requirements and Reality       9

Linka Toneva-Metodieva
Prospects for a Democratic Transformation of Postcommunist Society: The Case of Bulgaria     35

Edvin Zhllima, Drini Imami, Klodjan Rama, and Arjan Shahini
Corruption in Education during Socialism and the Postsocialist Transition: The Case of Albania     51

Nenad Markovikj and Ivan Damjanovski
The EU’s Democracy Promotion Meets Informal Politics: The Case of Leaders’ Meetings in the Republic of Macedonia      71

Adem Beha and Gëzim Selaci
Statebuilding without Exit Strategy in Kosovo: Stability, Clientelism, and Corruption     97

Review Essay
Branislav Radeljić Is There Any Hope for the Balkans?     125

Book Reviews
Rimma Tangalycheva
N. I. Lapin, ed.
Atlas modernizatsii Rossii i ee regionov: Sotsioekonomicheskie i sotsiokul ́turnye tendentsii i problemy     135

Alexander Diener
Edith W. Clowes and Shelly Jarre Bromber, eds.
Area Studies in the Global Age: Community, Place, Identity     141

Notes on the Contributors     145

Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim
Georgia: A Borderland beyond Geopolitics

Olga Bogdanova and Andrey Makarychev
Introduction       1

Andrey Makarychev and Alexandra Yatsyk
Imperial Biopolitics and Its Disavowals:
Russia, Georgia, and Spaces In-Between      3

Sophie Zviadadze
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Muslim and Georgian:
Religious Transformation and Questions of Identity among
Adjara’s Muslim Georgians      23

Mikheil Shavtvaladze
The State and Ethnic Minorities: The Case of Georgia      43

Kristina Khutsishvili
Myself and the Other:
Competitive Narratives of Georgians and Abkhazians      69


Kapitolina Fedorova
Interethnic Communication on the Russian-Chinese Border:
Its Past and Present    83

Elena Shadrina
The Common Gas Market of the Eurasian Economic Union:
Progress and Prospects for Institutionalization     105

Book Reviews

Matthew Pauly
Per Anders Rudling.
The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism, 1906–1931     139

John Fahey
Borislav Chernev.
Twilight of Empire: The Brest-Litovsk Conference and the Remaking of East-Central Europe, 1917–1918.     143

Harry C. Merritt
Alexis Peri.
The War Within: Diaries from the Siege of Leningrad.      145

Larissa G. Titarenko
Zhan Terent ́evich Toshchenko, ed.
Novye idei v sotsiologii.     149

Notes on the Contributors    153


Lewis Siegelbaum
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Colum Leckey

Envisioning Imperial Space: P. I. Rychkov’s Narratives of Orenburg, 1730s–70s


Vladimir Tikhonov (Pak Noja)

”Korean Nationalism” Seen through the Comintern Prism, 1920s–30s


Kirill V. Istomin, Alexandr A. Popov, and Hye-Jin Kim

Snowmobile Revolution, Market Restoration, and Ecological Sustainability of Reindeer Herding: Changing Patterns of Micro- vs. Macromobility among Komi Reindeer Herders of Bol´shezemel´skaia Tundra


Andy Bruno

A Tale of Two Reindeer: Pastoralism and Preservation in the Soviet Arctic


Branislav Radeljic

Russia’s Involvement in the Kosovo Case: Defending Serbian Interests or Securing Its Own Influence in Europe?


Book Reviews

Michał J. Wilczewski

Robert Blobaum. A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War.


László Kürti

Guntis Šmidchens. The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing RevolutionEast Germany.


Yulia Krylova

Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud, eds. The New Russian Nationalism: Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–2015.


Kirstyn Leigh Hevey

Agnia Grigas. Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire.


Susan Smith-Peter

William Craft Brumfield. Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North.

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Special Issue: National Minorities in the Soviet Bloc after 1945: New Historical Research in Micro- and Regional Studies

David Feest and Heidi Hein-Kircher



David Feest

Dividing Friend from Foe: Local Soviet Policy and the National Question in the Estonian Socialist Soviet Republic, 1944–53


Yaman Kouli

The German Minority in Poland between 1945 and 1960:A Key Element of Poland’s Postwar Economy


Achim Wörn

Jews in Szczecin, 1945–50: At the Crossroad between Emigration and Assimilation


Odeta Rudling

The Cult of the Balts: Mythological Impulses and Neo-Pagan Practices in the Touristic Clubs of the Lithuanian SSR of the 1960s and 1970s


Karol Rawski

A Soviet Ethnographic Think Tank: The Involvement of the Institute of Ethnography in Soviet Policy



Baris Isci Pembeci

Religion and the Construction of Ethnic Identity in Kyrgyzstan


Book Reviews

Balázs Apor

Michael David-Fox. Crossing Borders: Modernity, Ideology, and Culture in Russia and the Soviet Union


Nicholas Levy

Heather DeHaan. Stalinist City Planning: Professionals, Performance, and Power


László Kürti

Alan McDougall. The People’s Game: Football, State, and Society in East Germany


Natalie Misteravich-Carroll

Kinga Pozniak. Nowa Huta: Generations of Change in a Model Socialist Town


Catherine Portuges

Liliya Berezhnaya and Christian Schmitt, eds. Iconic Turns: Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989



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Special Issue: Centrifugal Forces? Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives

Edith W. Clowes
Introduction     117

Alla Anisimova and Olga Echevskaia

Reading Post-Soviet (Trans)formations of Siberian
Identity through Biographical Narrative     127

Edith W. Clowes
Branding Tiumen’: Official Image and Local Initiatives      149

Kathryn E. Graber

The All-Buriat “Ray of Light”: Independence and Identity in Native-Language Media     175

Gisela Erbslöh

Seeking Chechen Identity between Repression and
Self-Determination under the Ramzan Kadyrov Regime     201

Austin Charron
Whose is Crimea? Contested Sovereignty and Regional Identity     225

Book Reviews

Michael Paulauskas
Kiril Tomoff. Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial

Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945–1958     257

Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Stephen A. Smith. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism     261

Notes on the Contributors      265

Style Sheet and Submission Guidelines     269

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Politics in Central Asia

Andrew Wachtel
A Tale of Two Heroes: Kyrgyzstan in Search of National Role Models     1

Zharmukhamed Zardykhan
Ethnic Kazakh Repatriation and Kazakh Nation-Building:
The Awaited Savior or the Prodigal Son?     17

Charles J. Sullivan
Halk, Watan, Berdymukhammedov! Political Transition and
 Regime Continuity in Turkmenistan     35


Kirill V. Istomin and Yuri P. Shabaev
Izhma Komi and Komi-Permiak: Linguistic Barriers to
 Geographic and Ethnic Identity     53

Robert W. Orttung and Andreas Wenger
Explaining Cooperation and Conflict in Marine Boundary Disputes Involving Energy Deposits     75

Book Reviews

Mark T. Kettler
Jesse Kauffman. Elusive Alliance: The German Occupation of 
Poland in World War I     97

Brigid O’Keeffe

Stephen Lovell. Russia in the Microphone Age: A History of Soviet Radio, 1919–1970     101

Notes on the Contributors      105

Style Sheet and Submissions Guidelines      109


Lewis Siegelbaum
Hyun Taek Kim
Joonseo Song

Special Issue: The Great War and Eastern Europe

Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Hyun Taek Kim
Introduction     149

John K. Cox
Weltschmerz in the Banat: The Great War, Globalization, and Miloš Crnjanski’s Novel Dnevnik o Čarnojeviću     151

Ignác Romsics
The Great War and the 1918–19 Revolutions as Experienced and Remembered by the Hungarian Peasantry     173

John E. Fahey
From Imperial to National, Przemyśl, Galicia’s Transformation through World War I     195

Joseph Imre
Burgenland and the Austria-Hungary Border Dispute in International Perspective, 1918–22     219 Beryl Nicholson On the Front Line in Someone Else’s War: Mallakastër, Albania, 1916–18     247

Choo Chin Low
Détente, Recognition, and Citizenship: The Case of East Germany     265

Robert Schaefer and Alasdair Whitney
The Uzbek Wild Card in the New Great Game in Central Asia     291

Research Notes
Peter Kabachnik, Alexi Gugushvili, and David Jishkariani
A Personality Cult’s Rise and Fall: Three Cities after Khrushchev’s “Secret Speech” and the Stalin Monument that Never Was     309

Evgeny Avdokushin, Alexander Ponedelkov, and Sergey Vorontsov
The Role of Russian Federal and Regional Political Elites in the Modernization of Public Administration     327

Book Reviews Colleen M. Moore Joshua A. Sanborn. The Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire     347 Aaron Hale-Dorrell Denis Kozlov and Eleonory Gilburd, eds. The Thaw: Soviet Society and Culture during the 1950s and 1960s     351

Sergei A. Kravchenko
Zh. T. Toshchenko. Fantomy Rossiiskogo obshchestva     355

Notes on the Contributors     361

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Hyun Taek Kim
Joonseo Song

Lewis H. Siegelbaum, Hyun Taek Kim, and Joonseo Song The Journal REGION: Crossing Borders and Connecting Eurasia to the Glocalizing World     1

Susan Smith-Peter
Making Empty Provinces: Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment Regionalism in Russian Provincial Journals     7

Maria Bucur
War and Regeneration: The Great War and Eugenics in Eastern Europe     31

Brandon Miller
The New Soviet Narkoman: Drugs and Youth in Post-Stalinist Russia     45

Damira Umetbaeva
Official Rhetoric and Individual Perceptions of the Soviet Past: Implications for Nation Building in Kyrgyzstan     71

Elena Shadrina
Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Rationale, Progress, and Prospects for Oil and Gas Cooperation     95

Book Reviews
Kelly A. Kolar Josephson, Paul R. The Conquest of the Russian Arctic.     129

Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Shpotov, B.M. Amerikanskii biznes i Sovetskii Soiuz v 1920-1930-e gody: Labirinty ekonomicheskogo sotrudnichestva     131

Benjamin Sawyer Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters     135

Notes on the Contributors     137

Style Sheet and Submissions Guidelines     141


Lewis Siegelbaum
Wan-Suk Hong
Joonseo Song

Russia and Asia
Chinyun Lee
From Kiachta to Vladivostok: Russian Merchants and the Tea Trade     195

Tatiana Filimonova
Chinese Russia: Imperial Consciousness in Vladimir Sorokin’s Work     219

Damian Rosset and David Svarin
The Constraints of the Past and the Failure of Central Asian Regionalism, 1991–2004     245

Sergey Lyubichankovskiy
The Financial Position of Officials in the Provincial Ural Administrations at the End of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Centuries     267

Mark Edele
The New Soviet Man as a “Gypsy”: Nomadism, War, and Marginality in Stalin’s Time     285

Simeon Mitropolitski
EU Integration: An Enforcement of or an Impediment to National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia     309

Call for Papers
Centrifugal Forces: Reading Russia’s Regional Identities and Initiatives     327

Book Reviews
David L. Ransel
Robert E. Jones. Bread of the Water: The St. Petersburg Grain Trade and the Russian Economy, 1703–1811.     329

Stanley G. Payne
Rory Yeomans. Visions of Annihilation: The Ustasha Regime and the Cultural Politics of Fascism 1941–1945.     333

Ararat Osipian
Evgeny Vinokurov and Alexander Libman. Eurasian Integration: Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism.     337

Notes on the Contributors     341

Style Sheet and Submissions Guidelines     345

Lewis Siegelbaum
Wan-Suk Hong
Joonseo Song

Special Issue

The Return of Regional Elections in Russia
Lewis H. Siegelbaum and Wan-Suk Hong
Introduction 1

Joan DeBardeleben and Mikhail Zherebtsov
The Reinstated Gubernatorial Elections in Russia:
A Return to Open Politics? 3

Elizabeth Teague
Russia’s Return to the Direct Election of Governers:
Re-Shaping the Power Vertical? 37

J. Paul Goode
Legitimacy and Identity in Russia’s Gubernatorial Elections 59

Daniel J. Epstein
Ballot Access, Vlast’ Dominance, and Pomoshchnik Political
Culture in Russia’s Subnational Executive Elections 83

Darrell Slider
Resistance to Decentralization under Medvedev and Putin 125

Cameron Ross
Regional Elections and Electoral Malpractice in Russia:
The Manipulation of Electoral Rules, Voters, and Votes 147

Ivan Kurilla
Reply from a Russian Scholar 173

Book Review
Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Judith Pallot and Laura Piacentini. Gender, Geography, and
Punishment: Experience of Women in Carceral Russia 179

Notes on the Contributors 183

Stylesheet 187

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Alexander  Libman  and  Vladimir  Kozlov 
Sub-­‐‐National  Variation  of  Corruption  in  Russia: 
What  Do  We  Know  About  It?         153

Jeremy  Morris 
Actually  Existing  Internet  Use  in  the  Russian  Margins: 
Net  Utopianism  in  the  Shadow  of  the  “Silent  Majorities”         181
Yulia  Gradskova 
Speaking  for  Those  “Backward”:  Gender  and  Ethnic 
Minorities  in  Soviet  Silent  Films         201
Alla  Nedashkivska 
Childhood  in  Ukrainian  Media:  Discursive  Study  of  Ukrainian 
and  Russian  Language  Magazines         221
Sergei  I.  Zhuk 
Inventing  America  on  the  Borders  of  Socialist  Imagination: 
Movies  and  Music  from  the  USA  and  the  Origins  of  American 
Studies  in  the  USSR         249
Trevor  Erlacher 
Denationalizing  Treachery:  The  Ukrainian  Insurgent   
Army  and  the  Organization  of  Ukrainian  Nationalists 
in  Late  Soviet  Discourse,  1945–85         289
Book Review

Ararat  L.  Osipian 
Martin  Myant  and  Jan  Drahokoupil.  Transition  Economies:  Political  Economy 
in  Russia,  Eastern  Europe,  and  Central  Asia
Notes  on  the  Contributors         321
Style  Sheet  and  Submissions  Guidelines         325

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Donald J. Raleigh
Doing Local History, or From Social History Oral History: Some Autobiographical Reflections on Studying Russia's Saratov Region     1

Vladimir P. Nekhoroshkov
Transport Supply of Trade and Economic Connections between Eastern Region of Russia and APEC countries     23

Edith W. Clowes
Being Sibiriak in Contemporary Siberia: Imagined Geography and Vocabularies of Identity in Regional Writing Culture     47

Gary Guadagnolo
"Who Am I?": Revolutionary Narratives of the Production of the Minority Self in the Early Soviet Era     69

Tuulikki Kurki
From Soviet Locality to Multivoiced Borderland: Literature and Identity in the Finnish-Russian National Borderlands     95

Valentina Marinescu and Ecaterina Balica
Korean Cultural Products in Eastern Europe: A Case Study of the K-Pop Impact in Romania     113

Book Review

Darrell Slider
J. Paul Goode. The Decline of Regionalism in Putin's Russia"     137

Notes on the Contributors     141

Style Sheet and Submission Guidelines     145

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Mikhail Ilyin, Elena Meleshkina, and Denis Stukal
Two Decades of Post-Soviet and Post-Socialist Stateness      177

Lewis H. Siegelbaum
Whither Soviet History?: Some Reflections on Recent Anglophone Historiography     213

Elena Trubina
International Events in the Non-Capital Post-Soviet City: Between Place-Making and Recentralization     231

Kitty Lam
For Whose Common Good? The Russian Philanthropic Society and Challenges of Russian Language Education in Late Imperial Russia     255

Andrew Wachtel
Severed Heads and Living Corpses: Lev Tolstoy's Hadji Murat     285

Liudmila Amiri and George Fowler
The Impact of English in Russian Advertising     297

Book Review

Mark Edele
Donald J. Raleigh. Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation     315

Notes to the Contributors


Lewis Siegelbaum
Wan-Suk Hong
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Lewis H. Siegelbaum
An Auspiciously "Glocal" Beginning: Preface to the Inaugural Issue of Region     1


Richard Sakwa
Sovereignty and Democracy: Constructions and Contradictions in Russian and Beyond     3

Andrey Makarychev
Alternative Logics of Russian Regionalism: Critical Theory Perspectives     29

Esther Tetruashvily
How Did We Become Illegal? Impacts of Post-Soviet Shifting Migration Politics on Labor Migration Law in Russia     53

Zhanna Chernova
New Pronatalism? Family Policy in Post-Soviet Russia     75

László Kürti
Twenty Years After: Rock Music and National Rock in Hungary     93

Peter Zashev and Sergey Sutyrin
Intangible Barriers to Russian Imports: A Case of Finnish SMEs Entering RF Markets     131

Book Reviews

Marie-Alice L'Heureux
Kimberly Elman Zarecor, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia     155

Vladimir V. Kozlovskiy
R. K. Tangalycheva and N. A. Golovin, eds., Kul'turnyi assimiliator: Trening adaptatsii k zhizni v Sankt-Peterburge     159

Reuel R. Hanks
Johan Rasanayagam, Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience     162

Notes on the Contributors