We have two brand new publications this week. The first one is Rural Unrest during the First Russian Revolution. Kursk Province , 1905–1906 by Burton R. Miller, a research analyst living in New York. This book is an important work, unique in many ways, of micro-social history with large implications for the history of Russia and comparative studies of peasant rebellions.
The second book, is a collection of articles focusing on key concepts shaping Romania's
socio-political development in the modern period, such as: politics,
democracy, Europe, liberal/liberalism, nation, people, national
character, national specificity education, transition, censorship,
totalitarianism, patriotism, etc.
Very interesting read from Rachel Toor, really resonates with what we have been talking about recently, especially the part about how difficult it is for most authors to provide a cover-copy-length description let alone a one- or two-sentence pitch: The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal
Is secularization a useful concept in understanding the long-term dynamics of religiosity in Eastern Europe? Is the picture of oppression and resistance an accurate way to characterize religious life under communism, or did Christians and communists find ways to co-exist on the local level prior to 1989? And what role did Christians actually play in dissident movements under communism? Perhaps most important is the question: what does the study of Eastern Europe contribute to the broader study of modern Christian history, and what can we learn from the interpretative problems that arise, uniquely, from this region?
"A well-crafted and pathbreaking volume."--Slavic Review
"This book deserves a wide readership; it will benefit advanced undergraduates as well as specialists in the field. Anyone interested in approaching the complex, intertwined history of Christianity, modernity, and Eastern Europe should read this volume."--H-Net/Habsburg
"The high standard of historical scholarship, the variety of cases, and its interdisciplinary emphasis make the volume quite rewarding for the academic and lay reader alike." - Austrian History Yearbook