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Bibliography of the Soviet Union, its predecessors and successors
Schaffner, Bradley L., 1959-
Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
xi, 569 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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The fifteen successor states of the Soviet Union are now facing the formidable task of restructuring their political and economic systems. One of the many positive effects of these radical political and social changes has been increased access to information--in libraries, archives, or from government sources. This Bibliography provides subject access to works on the region's social, political, and cultural development. While special emphasis is placed on books that examine the successor states' transition from communism to capitalism, other works, which concentrate on the Imperial Russian and Soviet periods, are also included. Most of the titles in the bibliography have been published since 1984. However, an effort was made to list important reference works, predominately bibliographies, regardless of their publication date. The bibliography consists of 3,172 entries; studies included are predominantly published in Western languages, primarily English. A comprehensive author index is included. This bibliography will assist both specialist and non-specialist by providing subject access to the wealth of publications currently available on the region.

Author Notes

Bradley L. Schaffner is the Russian Area Studies Librarian at the University of Kansas.

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Choice Review

Approximately 3,200 monographs in Western European languages, primarily English, published since 1984 are included in this massive bibliography of recent scholarship covering the Russian Empire, the former USSR, and its successor states (including the Baltic countries). Subject coverage includes the arts and humanities as well as history and social sciences. Each entry gives full bibliographic information, including series and pagination data, but individual essays are not indexed and there are no annotations. Although it takes as its central theme the former Soviet Union, this volume reads more like a printed library catalog than a bibliography, since the value of some materials included is questionable (e.g., a Riga yellow pages; a history of the Estonian Postal Service). The records are arranged under a somewhat cumbersome system of modified LC subject headings (from the 10th ed. of LCSH, 1986), with no cross-references and with each book listed only once. Although there is an author index, there is no table of contents or schematic outline, leaving the reader unsure which subheadings are going to be used. This bibliography, nonetheless, is a good supplement to the older ones compiled by Stephan M. Horak (e.g., Russia, the USSR, and Eastern Europe, CH, Feb'88). J. A. Drobnicki; formerly, St. John's University