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Paperback, 23/06/2017, £9.99
Accompanied by a range of arresting images, this book is a compilation of some of Lenin's most famous sayings, taken from speeches, tracts, letters and recorded conversations. These proclamations offer an insight into the atmosphere of Revolutionary Russia and the mind of one of the twentieth century's most defining political figures.

Sheila Fitzpatrick's Everyday Stalinism

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Sheila Fitzpatrick's Everyday Stalinism rejects the simplistic treatment of the Soviet Union as a totalitarian government that tightly controlled its citizens.

Looking for Lenin

Hardback, 25/05/2017, £19.95

Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot

Hardback, 29/08/2013, £20.00
1917, post-Russian Revolution, an unlikely and eccentric band of British spies are smuggled into newly Soviet Russia to thwart Lenin's plan to destroy British rule in India, as a precursor to toppling the democracies of the West. The spies, under Mansfield Cumming, were the unsung founders of the present-day MI6.

Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

Hardback, 19/09/2017, £12.99
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Zizek shows why Lenin's thought is still important today

Eitingons: A Twentieth-Century Family

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £10.99
He was rich, secretive and - through his friendship with a famous Russian singer - implicated in the abduction of a white Russian general in Paris in 1937.Motty Eitingon was a New York fur dealer whose connections with the Soviet Union made him the largest trader in the world.

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Paperback, 01/03/2009, £8.99
A vivid and compelling account of the final thirteen days of the Romanovs, counting down to the last, tense hours of their lives. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room.

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile

Paperback, 01/03/2010, £10.99
Conspirator is the compelling story of Lenin's exile: the years in which he and his political collaborators plotted a revolution that would change 20th century history.

Twelve Days: Revolution 1956

Paperback, 01/06/2007, £9.99
The defining moment of the Cold War: 'The beginning of the end of the Soviet empire.' (Richard Nixon)

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Paperback, 05/08/2010, £12.99
'A compelling and illuminating account of a great drama in the history of our times which showed once again that ordinary men and women really can change the world' Jonathan Dimbleby, MAIL ON SUNDAY

Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses

Paperback, 28/01/2015, £12.99
Award-winning and critically acclaimed historian Helen Rappaport turns to the tragic story of the daughters of the last Tsar of all the Russias, slaughtered with their parents at Ekaterinburg.

Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin

Paperback, 01/10/2017, £14.99
Once you accept that the impossible is really possible, what happens in Russia makes perfect sense

Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £9.99
A unique piece of testimony from the Soviet Gulag - a prison guard's private diary, written between 1935-36.

Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys among the defiant people of the Caucasus

Paperback, 03/03/2011, £14.99
The Caucasus mountains are a land of jagged peaks and rugged people, who for over 200 years have rebelled against Russia's attempts to add them to its empire. Travelling from remote village to refugee camp, rocky mountain gorge to forgotten massacre site, the author discovers exiles, fighters, defiant survivors - and an unbreakable spirit.

Last Man in Russia: And The Struggle To Save A Dying Nation

Paperback, 14/02/2005, £9.99
The author travels across Russia, from crowded Moscow train to empty windswept villages, following in the footsteps of one extraordinary man, the dissident Orthodox priest Father Dmitry. In this book, he tells the story of a nation: famine, war, the frozen wastes of the Gulag, the collapse of communism and now, a people seeking oblivion.


Paperback, 07/02/2019, £10.00
'The most passionate, engaging and historically profound account of the Soviet empire that I have read.' - Michael Ignatieff

Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

Paperback, 21/09/2017, £9.99
A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries.

Lost Pianos of Siberia: In search of Russia's remarkable survivors

Hardback, 06/02/2020, £18.99
'An extraordinary, cadenced journey into music, exile and landscape.' EDMUND DE WAAL'An elegant and nuanced journey through literature, through history, through music, murder and incarceration and revolution, through snow and ice and remoteness, to discover the human face of Siberia.

Short History of Russia

Hardback, 30/04/2020, £12.99

What is Russia up to in the Middle East

Paperback, 27/10/2017, £9.99
The eyes of the world are on the Middle East. Today, more than ever, this deeply-troubled region is the focus of power games between major global players vying for international influence. Absent from this scene for the past quarter century, Russia is now back with gusto.

Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands

Paperback, 15/01/2016, £13.99

Soviet Union in World Politics: Coexistence, Revolution and Cold War, 1945-1991

Paperback, 03/12/1998, £32.99
This book interprets newly available evidence from the Soviet archives and provides a framework for student discussion of relevant issues together with a guide to further reading and research.

Voices of Revolution 1917

Paperback, 14/11/2003, £28.00
Including letters from individuals to newspapers, institutions or leaders, this collection gives voice to the experiences, thoughts and feelings of ordinary Russian people - workers, peasants, soldiers - as expressed in their own words during the vast upheavals of 1917.

Stalin's Russia 2ed

Paperback, 28/05/1999, £43.99
The ebb and flow of debate about Stalin's Russia is brilliantly captured in Chris Ward's account, which not only conceptualises the field in a clear and helpful way, offering a synthesis of the vast secondary literature in the area, but also provides the author's own evaluation of the key issues at stake.

Russian Revolution

Paperback, 28/02/2008, £14.99
This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the Russian Revolution takes into account the new evidence that has come to light since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, incorporating material that was previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians

Romanovs: 1613-1918

Paperback, 01/02/2017, £12.99
The internationally bestselling epic history of Russia's imperial dynasty

Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

Paperback, 02/06/2016, £9.99
The timely and gripping story of Russia since the collapse of Communism, by The Economist's Moscow bureau chief.

Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917

Paperback, 09/02/2017, £9.99
Between the first revolution in February 1917, and Lenin's Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd was in turmoil. Foreign visitors who filled hotels, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps. Among them were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, governesses and volunteer nurses.

Boys in Zinc

Paperback, 02/03/2017, £9.99

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953

Paperback, 04/05/2017, £12.99
War-torn, virtually bankrupt, Russia tried to light its way to the future with the fitful glow of science. Stalin believed that science should serve the state. The human cost of this peculiar marriage between the state and its scientists was horrendous. This book makes clear what Soviet science has done for us.

Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Rebellion

Hardback, 04/04/2017, £16.99
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Tariq Ali paints an illuminating portrait of Lenin

History of the Russian Revolution

Paperback, 02/02/2017, £20.00

Billion Dollar Spy

Paperback, 01/06/2017, £12.99
'One of the best spy stories to come out of the Cold War and all the more riveting for being true.' Washington Post

Notes from the Blockade

Paperback, 01/09/2016, £9.99
The 900-day siege of Leningrad (1941-44) was one of the turning points of the Second World War. It slowed down the German advance into Russia and became a national symbol of survival and resistance. Using her own using notes and sketches she wrote during the siege, the author distils the collective experience of life under siege.

Soviet Century

Paperback, 14/10/2016, £14.99
On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a classic history of the Soviet era, from 1917 to its fall

Rasputin: The Biography

Hardback, 03/11/2016, £25.00
From the acclaimed author of Former People, a definitive biography of Rasputin, published to coincide with the centenary of his murder.

Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928

Hardback, 26/01/2017, £25.00
A panoramic account of the Russian empire from the last years of the nineteenth century, through revolution and civil war, to the brutal collectivization and crash industrialization under Stalin in the late 1920s

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future

Paperback, 21/04/2016, £9.99
On 26 April 1986, at 1.23am, a series of explosions shook the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. While officials tried to hush up the accident, the author spent years collecting testimonies from survivors. A chronicle of the past and a warning for our nuclear future, this book shows what it is like to remember in a world that wants you to forget.

Russia After the Cold War

Paperback, 20/10/1999, £44.99
This text examines Russia at the end of the 20th century, as it seeks to come to terms with its new status within the world community. It looks at the pressures and tensions arising from economic and social change, and the problems of securing a democratic future.


Hardback, 06/02/2014, £12.99
Grigory Rasputin, Siberian peasant-turned-mystic and court sage, was as fascinating as he was unfathomable. In this riveting and eye-opening short biography, Frances Welch turns her inimitable wry gaze on one of the great mysteries of Russian history.

Romanovs: The Final Chapter

Hardback, 13/03/2014, £14.99
A dramatic and compelling quest to solve one of the great mysteries of the twentieth century: the ultimate fate of Russia's last tsar and his family.

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: 100 Days as a Prisoner of Putin - Story of the Arctic 30

Paperback, 04/02/2016, £12.99
The plan was to attach a Greenpeace pod to Gazprom's platform and launch a peaceful protest against oil being pumped from the icy waters of the Arctic. However, heavily armed commandos flooded the deck of the Arctic Sunrise and the Arctic Thirty began their ordeal at the hands of Putin's regime. This book tells their story.
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