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Judith Inggs

This article explores the development of girl characters in works for children and young adults during Perestroika. First, it examines established heroines from the Soviet era, such as Elli in Volkov's Volshebnik izumrudnogo goroda [The wizard of the emerald city], and then goes on to examine the depiction of female protagonists and characters in works written during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The conclusion is that although there was a clear demand for new heroines and a new role model for girls, writers did not succeed in providing strong, independent female characters with a sense of agency. Instead, the Soviet preference for male protagonists continued, with females often being portrayed stereotypically as weak and ineffectual.

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Alexander D. King, Living with Koryak Traditions: Playing with Culture in Siberia Kathleen Osgood

Robin Hessman, director, My Perestroika (film) Craig Campbell

Douglas Rogers, The Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals Johan Rasanayagam

Perry McDonough Collins, Siberian Journey: Down the Amur to the Pacific, 1856-1857 Anna Bara

E.M. Ineshin and A.V. Teten'kin, Chelovek i prirodnaia sreda severa Baikal'skoi Sibiri v pozdnem pleistotsene: Mestonakhozhdenie Bol'shoi Iakor' I Andrzej Weber

Stephen D. Watrous, ed., John Ledyard's Journey through Russia and Siberia, 1787-1788: The Journal and Selected Letters Ryan Tucker Jones

Clive Tolley, Shamanism in Norse Myth and Magic, 2 Vols. Elisabeth I. Ward

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Bella Zisere

Popular public opinion concerning the Jewish community of Latvia is that it is an 'exemplary and well-organised community', which experienced a great revival and has functioned efficiently since Perestroika and particularly since the fall of the USSR. Nevertheless, this assertion can be countered by multiple phenomena, such as the dramatic decrease of the number of Latvian Jewish community members, the abrupt increase of inter-marriages, and the clear transformation of references to self-identification of Latvian Jewry. This article seeks to shed light on different spheres of the Jewish life in post-communist Latvia, in order to analyse the impact of the demise of the Soviet system on the Jewish community in this area.

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After “A Youth on Fire“

The Woman Veteran in Iulia Drunina's Postwar Poetry

Adrienne M. Harris

The article uses Soviet poet Iuliia Drunina's deeply personal and o en autobiographical poetry as a lens through which to view the woman veteran's experience, especially during the time of the state-promoted cult of World War II and the erosion of the cult during perestroika. Gender and World War II remain consistent themes in Drunina's poetry, but in her oeuvre, one finds an evolution in how the poet-veteran relates to the war. From 1942 on, Drunina consciously assumed the role of the voice for women soldiers, but as the war receded into the past and the number of veterans dwindled, Drunina began to write more frequently on behalf of veterans of both sexes. This article details numerous war and gender-related themes: gendered otherness during the war, demobilization, stereotypes of women soldiers, the sacred nature of the war, the duty to remember, front-line friendship, and the persistence of the war in veterans' lives.

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Csaba Mészáros

adaptation processes after decollectivization and the economic demise after perestroika (focusing on a single village community in Western Yakutia), Takakura's book provides the best picture available on Sakha cattle and horse husbandry. It is apparent from

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Joseph Bristley and Elizabeth Turk

historically situating the ‘boom’ as neither ‘imported’ nor as direct carry-over from Perestroika-era liberalization of the ‘psy-ences’. The first post-introduction chapter is devoted to the genealogy of applied psychology, tracing Soviet psychiatry's early

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Wind of Change

Separating Heads and Bodies in Eastern Europe

Tanel Rander

commander of the nuclear bomber aircraft division at the Tartu air base during the perestroika years. He became a popular figure in Estonia after refusing the Kremlin's orders to block the television and parliament buildings and to suppress the local bid for

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To Whom Does History Belong?

The Theatre of Memory in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia and Georgia

Francisco Martínez

in the site where Stalin was born (in 1878, as Iosif Dzhugashvili) and the displays of the exhibition have not changed since 1979. The museum was closed during the perestroika, yet reopened in the late 1990s by local authorities, once they understood

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Temporality of Movements in the North

Pragmatic Use of Infrastructure and Reflexive Mobility of Evenkis and Dolgans

Vladimir N. Davydov

or perestroikas ( Grant 1995 ) means not just that Siberian reindeer herders and hunters have to change under the pressure of external forces, adapting first to the Soviet system and later to a market economy, but that they can actively change the

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Uliana Vinokurova

Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low

, the transformations of traditional life styles, and the worsening of the moral and physical health of the peoples of Siberia” ( Kharyuchi 2009 ). During perestroika, well-known indigenous writers and indigenous scholars—Ieremei Aipin, Vladimir Sangi