There are many different lenses for examining history. If your topic is well-known and extensively written about, consider how you might add to the conversation. Can you examine the topic from an unusual lens?
Political history (the history of a nation, between nations, the history of government and power)
Economic history (trade, finance, taxes)
Social history (minority and marginal groups, gender, race, relations between social groups)
Intellectual history (of ideas, education, of disciplines)
Religious history (beliefs, practice, structures)
Cultural history (popular culture, material culture, consumption, art)
Environmental history (relations between humans + environment, history of natural environment, of industry)
Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg, and culminating with the challenges posed to Russian identity by the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself-its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. He skillfully interweaves the great works—by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall—with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, from food and drink to bathing habits to beliefs about the spirit world.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR DK510.764 .H47 2015
The first systematic analysis of Putin's three wars in their broader historical context. Drawing on extensive original Russian sources, Marcel H. Van Herpen analyzes in detail how Putin's wars were prepared and conducted, and why they led to allegations of war crimes and genocide. Makes a compelling case that Putin's regime emulates an established Russian paradigm in which empire building and despotic rule are mutually reinforcing.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR DK170 .M37 2011
The extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. For thirty-four years the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution that swept across Europe.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR D764.3.L4 P47 2017
During the siege of Leningrad, the city was blockaded for 872 days, at a cost of almost a million civilian lives. Residents recorded in intimate detail the toll taken on minds and bodies by starvation, bombardment, and disease. The War Within recovers these lost narratives, shedding light on one of World War II's darkest episodes.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR D807.R9 S76 2015
Filled with compelling eyewitness accounts of women who stepped outside their assigned roles in Russian society, this book gives us our first clear view of what wartime service was like for these nurses in the Great War. We learn firsthand—from memoirs and diaries, contemporary periodicals and reminiscences—about these women's motivations, the nature and specifics of their work, the cultural stereotypes and conventions that shaped their experiences, and their interactions with the men they cared for and served with.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR DK761 .L56 2007
Stretching from the Urals to the Arctic Ocean to China, Siberia is so vast that the continental United States and Western Europe could be fitted into its borders, with land to spare. Yet, in only six decades, Russian trappers, cossacks, and adventurers crossed this huge territory, beginning in the 1580s a process of conquest that continues to this day. As rich in resources as it was large in size, Siberia brought the Russians a sixth of the world's gold and silver, a fifth of its platinum, a third of its iron, and a quarter of its timber. The conquest of Siberia allowed Russia to build the modern world's largest empire, and Siberia's vast natural wealth continues to play a vital part in determining Russia's place in international affairs.
Call Number: NEW BOOKS - 1st FLOOR DK37.8.R6 S44 2016
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. A gripping chronicle that reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets.