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Russia and the former Soviet Union : a bibliographic guide to English language publications, 1986-1991 /
Helen F. Sullivan and Robert H. Burger.
imprint
Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
description
xii, 380 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
156308046X :
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imprint
Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
isbn
156308046X :
general note
"This volume will continue, and to some extent, expand on the bibliographies of Stephan Horak"--Introd.
Includes indexes.
catalogue key
471393
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-03:
Although both these works are annotated bibliographies, only Russia and the Former Soviet Union (RFSU), the successor to Horak's Russia, the USSR, and Eastern Europe (CH, Feb'88), lists reviews. Both have more or less the same number of entries: Russia/USSR (R/U) covers 1,274 books published in or before 1993 and RFSU has 1,421 entries published between 1986 and 1991. Both titles exclude Eastern Europe. However, the two works differ greatly: R/U covers a longer period and is therefore the more comprehensive work, but it has some curiously dated entries. Svetlana Allilueva's Twenty Letters to a Friend (1967), for instance, produced a powerful impression at the time of its publication, but Stalin's personal life is nowadays much less interesting than in 1967. Also, R/U lists The Penguin Russian Course (1961), which has been widely used since its publication and is still an excellent textbook, but not Russian for Everybody (1972- ), which, unlike the Penguin edition, provides tapes and teaches Russian sentence intonation and is therefore preferable. On the whole, R/U, with its wider and less in-depth coverage, is recommended for public and lower-division undergraduate collections. RFSU is more suitable for upper-division academic collections, despite some coverage gaps: for example, RFSU should have listed A.P. Vlasto's A Linguistic History of Russia ... (Oxford, 1986, the successor to W.K. Matthews's Russian Historical Grammar, 1975), which is now the only historical grammar of Russian in English. Clearly, the two bibliographies complement each other in some areas. Both seem weak in their music coverage and omit, for instance, the Biographical Dictionary of Russian/Soviet Composers, ed. by Allan Ho and Dmitry Feofanov (CH, Apr'90). Both books are excellent pieces of work, each with many strong points: RFSU has fine sections on Ukrainian and Jewish Studies and on the whole on non-Russian nationalities; R/U has a helpful eight-page introduction and an outstanding section on environmental problems. B. Beynen; Des Moines Area Community College
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'œAn impressive overview of recent scholarship on Russia, ranging from general to specific works.--Muslim World Book Reviews'' Unknown
'œA timely reference work...Recommended for major reference collections and collection development officers.--Public Library Quarterly'' Public Library Quarterly
'œSuitable for upper-division academic collections...Excellent piece of work with many strong points.--Choice'' Choice
'œThis 1,400-item bibliography with author and subject indexes will help scholars conduct their postmortems on the Soviet Union and its components, but it will be especially helpful to students who cannot read vernacular materials.-Wilson Library Bulletin'' Unknown
'œLengthy annotations give excellent indication of content and special features...Recommended for any reference collections supporting research on Russia or the former Soviet Union.--Reference Book Review'' Unknown
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The tumultuous events taking place in Eastern Europe have resulted in an avalanche of publications in English about that part of the world. This volume, a continuation of the late Stephan M. Horak's series of bibliographies covering books published in English about the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe up to 1985, picks up where Mr. Horak left off. It provides a selective bibliography of books concerning Russia and the Soviet Union that were published in English from 1986 to 1991. Descriptive annotations of more than 1,400 titles contain bibliographic information, brief abstracts, and citations of major reviews when available. Focusing on the social sciences and humanities, this volume excludes pure science and technology, occasional papers, serial publications, publications under 50 pages in length, and those not readily available to the general academic and public library user. At a time when interest is high and material is proliferating, this guide is a must.

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