Call for Book Proposals and New Book Series

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I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce the launch of The Library of Modern Russia, an academic monograph book series. Building on I.B.Tauris’ established record publishing Russian studies titles for both academic and general readers the series will showcase the work of emerging and established writers who are setting new agendas in the field.

Advisory board

  • Michael David-Fox, Professor at Georgetown University
  • Lucien Frary, Associate Professor at Rider University
  • James Harris, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds
  • Robert Hornsby, Lecturer at the University of Leeds
  • Ekaterina Pravilova, Professor of History at Princeton University
  • Geoffrey Swain, Emeritus Professor of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow
  • Vera Tolz-Zilitinkevic, Sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester
  • Vladislav Zubok, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics

At a time when potentially dangerous misconceptions and misunderstandings about Russia abound, titles in the series will shed fresh light and nuance on Russian history. Volumes will take the idea of ‘Russia’ in its broadest, cultural sense and cover the entirety of the multi-ethnic lands that made up imperial Russia and the Soviet Union.  Ranging in chronological scope from the Romanovs to today, the books will:

  • Re-consider Russia’s history from a variety of inter-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Explore Russia in its various international contexts, rather than as exceptional or in isolation.
  • Examine the complex, divisive and ever-shifting notions of ‘Russia’.
  • Contribute to a deeper understanding of Russia’s rich social and cultural history.
  • Critically re-assess the Soviet period and its legacy today.
  • Interrogate the traditional periodisations of the post-Stalin Soviet Union.
  • Unearth continuities, or otherwise, among the tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet periods.
  • Re-appraise Russia’s complex relationship with eastern Europe, both historically and today.
  • Analyse the politics of history and memory in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Promote new archival revelations and innovative research methodologies.
  • Foster a community of scholars and readers devoted to a sharper understanding of the Russian experience, past and present.

Books in the series will join our list in being marketed globally, including at conferences – such as the BASEES and ASEEES conventions. Each will be subjected to a rigorous peer-review process and will be published in hardback – with bespoke packaging and full-colour cover – and, simultaneously, as an e-book. We also anticipate a second release in paperback for the general reader and student markets.

For more information, or to submit a proposal for inclusion in the series, please contact:

Tom Stottor, Editor, History,

New and forthcoming

Fascism in Manchuria: The Soviet-China Encounter in the 1930s, Susanne Hohler

The Idea of Russia: The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev, Vladislav Zubok

The Tsar’s Armenians: A Minority in Late Imperial Russia, Onur Onol

Myth Making in the Soviet Union and Modern Russia: Remembering World War II in Brezhnev’s Hero City, Vicky Davis

Building Stalinism: The Moscow Canal and the Creation of Soviet Space, Cynthia Ruder

Russia in the Time of Cholera: Disease and the Environment under Romanovs and Soviets, John Davis

Soviet Americana: A Cultural History of Russian and Ukrainian Americanists, Sergei Zhuk

Stalin’s Economic Advisors: The Varga Institute and the Making of Soviet Foreign Policy, Ken Roh

Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia under Lenin and Stalin, Alun Thomas

The Russian State and the People: Power, Corruption and the Individual in Putin’s Russia, Geir Hønneland et al. (eds)         

The Communist Party in the Russian Civil War: A Political History, Gayle Lonergan

Dissident Histories in the Soviet Union: From De-Stalinization to Perestroika, Barbara Martin

Criminal Subculture in the Gulag: Prisoner Society in the Stalinist Labour Camps, Mark Vincent