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Historical dictionary of Russia. Ref DK 36 .R39 1998
The Cambridge encyclopedia of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Ref DK 14 .C35 1994
The Blackwell encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution. Ref DK 265 .B54 1988
Companion to Russian history. Ref DK 36 .P39 1983
The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ref. DK17 .S64 1986