Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3128: Post-Soviet Politics and Societies

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Beissinger, Marc, Nationalist Mobilization and the Collapse of the Soviet State, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Beissinger, Mark and Stephen Kotkin (eds), Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Carothers, Thomas, ‘The End of the Transition Paradigm’, Journal of Democracy, Vol. 13, No. 1 (January 2002).

Cohen, Stephen F. ‘Was the Soviet System Reformable?,” Slavic Review, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004).

Cooley, Alexander, Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Edgar, Adrienne Lynn, Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan, (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006).

Hirsch, Francine, ‘Toward an Empire of Nations: Border-Making and the Formation of Soviet National Identities’, Russian Review Vol. 59, No. 2 (2000).

Sakwa, Richard, Putin: Russia’s Choice, 2nd Edition, (Abingdon: Routledge, 2008).    

Sakwa, Richard, The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Sakwa, Richard, Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, (London: I.B. Taurus, 2014). 

Tsygankov, Andrei, Russia’s Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity, Third Edition, (Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013) 

Yurchak, Alexei, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).