United Forever in Great Russia’s Embrace
I recently compiled a partial list of books about ethnonational minority histories within the Russian Federation.
For reasons I will be elaborating on soon, I’m shifting some of the focus of Secessio Populi in terms of how it defines wealthy countries. While this may or may not remain the case next year, Russia made the list based on the index I put together using data from January 2022. Subsequently, Separatist movements within the Russian Federation (as well as some other countries) will be within SP’s scope starting in July.
With the War in Ukraine — and subsequent sanctions — bringing
several stateless nations to voice some dissent, I thought it might be time to post-up this list of books about stateless nations within Russia’s borders.
So, here it is.
General History After the Soviet Union by Timothy Colton and Robert Levgold After the USSR: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in the Commonwealth of Independent States by Anatoly Khazanov An Ethnic History of Russia by Tatiana Mastyugina and Lev Perelkin Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination by Hurst Hannum Ethnic Conflict in the Post-Soviet World: Case Studies and Analysis by Leokadia Drobizheva Federalism and Nationalism: The Struggle for Republican Rights in the USSR by Gregory Gleason From Privileged to Dispossessed: The Volga Germans by James W. Long Kalmykia in Russia’s Past and Present: National Policies and Administrative System by Konstantin N. Maksimov National Identity and Ethnicity in Russia and the New States of Eurasia by Roman Szporluk The Great Challenge: Nationalities and the Bolshevik State 1917–1930 by Helene C. D’Encausse Russia Revised: An Alphabetical Key to the Soviet Collapse and the New Republics by Andrew Wilson and Nina Bachkatov Russian Colonial Expansion to 1917 by Michael Rywkin Russian Empire, 1801–1917 by Hugh Seton-Watson Self-Government and Freedom in Russia by Sergei Pushkarev Soviet Karelia: Politics, Planning, and Terror in Stalin’s Russia, 1920–1939 by Nick Baron The Cossacks by Shane O’Rourke The Cossacks: their History and Country by William P. Cresson The Finno-Ugric Republics and the Russian State by Rein Taagepera The Peoples of the Soviet Union by Viktor Kozlov The Peoples of the USSR. An Ethnographic Handbook by Ronald Waxman The Punished Peoples by Alexander Nekrich The Volga Germans: In Russia and the Americas 1763 to the PResent by Frederick C. Koch The Volga Tatars: A Profile in National resilience by Azade-Ayse Rorlich Tsar and Cossack: Eighteen Fifty-Five to Nineteen Fourteen by Robert H. McNeal Caucuses A Dirty War by Anna Politkovskaya Allah’s Mountains by Sebastian Smith Blowing up Russia by Alexander Litvinenko & Yuri Felshtinksy Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power by Anatol Lieven Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucusus by Carlotta Gall and Thomas de Waal Dagestan: Russian Hegemony and Islamic Resistance in the North Caucasus by Robert Bruce Ware and Enver Kisriev The Caucasus: An Introduction by Thomas de Waal The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus by Charles King Dagestan: Tradition and Survival by Robert Chenciner Engaging Eurasia’s Separatist States: Unresolved Conflicts and de Facto States by Doc Lynch Highlanders: A Journey to the Caucasus in Quest of Memory by Yo’av Karny Making of the Georgian Nation by Ronald Grigor Suny Pride of Small Nations: The Caucasus and Post-Soviet Disorder by Suzanne Goldenberg Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict by John B. Dunlop The Chechen Struggle: Independence Won and Lost by Ilyas Akhmado The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict, and Nationhood in the Caucasus by Christoph Zürcher The Transcaucasus in Transition: Nation-Building and Conflict by Shireen T. Hunter Trouble in the Caucasus by Avtandil Menteshashvili Volatile Borderland: Russia and the North Caucasus by Glen E. Howard Siberia Divided Twins: Alaska and Siberia by Yevgeny Yevtushenko East of the Sun: The Epic Conquest and Tragic History of Siberia by Benson Broderick What is Asia to Us? Russia’s Asian Heartland Yesterday and Today by Milan Hauner Politics and Economics in the Russian Far East: Changing Ties with Asia-Pacific by Tsuneo Akaha Siberian Arctic by Jonas Lied The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians by W. Bruce Lincoln The Great Siberian Migration by D. W. Threadgold The Politics of Nationalism in the Republic of Sakha (Northeastern Siberia) by Tatiana Argounova-Low The Predicament of Chukotka’s Indigenous Movement: Post-Soviet Activism in the Russian Far North by Patty A. Gray The Russian Far East by John J. Stephen The Soviet Far East and Central Asia by William Mandel The Soviet Union and the Pacific by Gerald Segal Yakutia: Before its Incorporation into the Russian State by Aleksei Okladinov and Henry Michael History in Russian Periphery/Former Soviet Republics New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence by Nadia Diuk and Adrian Karatnycky Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks by Michele E. Commercio Russians as the New Minority: Ethnicity and Nationalism in Soviet Successor States by Jeff Chin and Robert John Kaiser Soviet Asian Ethnic Frontiers by Willian O. McCagg & Brian D. Silver Soviet Federalism, Nationalism and Economic Decentralization by Alistair McAuley The Hidden Nations: The People Challenge the Soviet Union by Nadia Diuk and Adrian Kararnycky Baltics, Finland, and Kaliningrad Estonia: Return to Independence by Rein Taagepara Finland’s Relation with the Soviet Union 1944–84 by Roy Allison Green Gold and Granite by Wendy Hall The Baltic States: The National Self-Determination of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by Graham Smith The Lapps by Roberto Bosi The Origins of Prussia by Francis L. Carsten
This list is not exhaustive. It’s largely academic. Much of it is out of print.
There are probably better and more recent books on some of these topics, but it’s a decent place to start if you’re interested in digging into them. I’ll probably make an updated one in time.
I hope you enjoy it.