Category Archives: Book Reviews

A Close Look at Imperial Apocalypse

Note:  Seven students enrolled in the Fall Colloquium, “Russia in War and Revolution,” review Joshua Sanborn’s recent book by exploring seven themes covered in it. Sanborn, Joshua, Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire. New … Continue reading

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Shevchenko and Ukrainian Nationhood

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HST/ATH/RUS 254 students enrolled in the spring 2015 all read the recent translation of Taras Shevchenko’s Kobzar by Peter Fedynsky.  The class discussed the role Shevchenko’s poetry has played in the construction of Ukrainian nationhood.  As a creative exercise, students composed their … Continue reading

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Ludmila Ulitskaya’s Crimean Tatars

By Taylor Valley Ludmila Ulitskaya’s Medea and Her Children is set in a small village in Crimea and, although fictional, it sheds light on the lives of those in Crimea. Crimea has a unique history and many of the conflicts … Continue reading

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Boris Akunin’s “The Death of Achilles”

“Erast Petrovich turned away in embarrassment, thinking that women were incomparably better than men—more loyal, more sincere, with greater integrity. Naturally, that is, if they truly loved” (156). What is it about women, particularly Ekaterina Alexandrovna Golovina and Wanda, that … Continue reading

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