Use the index (or search) these books to identify entries related to your topic or areas of interest. You might not find entries that narrowly focus on your topic; if so, try to find entries that relate broadly.
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This link will show you books available from the Swarthmore Libraries that can offer an overview of various aspects of Russian history and culture. These can be good places to start if you're browsing for a topic or looking for background information.
An excellent tool for researching a particular element of Russian history in greater depth. If you'd like a broad overview of an event, biographical information, or suggestions for further reading, try searching Oxford Reference for a relevant entry.
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