Our Library

My wife and I have a collection of more than 1,200 nonfiction volumes, all catalogued on LibraryThing.com.

It is impossible to summarize all the books we own. But our main collection strengths include (in no order)…

Ethnic and Separatist Conflicts: A strong area of interest for me is the right of peoples to self-determination, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and other international legal treatises. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh especially interests me, and as you will see below, we own a number of books on this subject. Notable volumes include:

“From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh” — Arsene Saparov (2014)

“The Right to Self-Determination in the South Caucasus: Nagorno Karabakh in Context” — Bahruz Balayev (2013)

“The Making of Nagorno-Karabagh: From Secession to Republic” — Levon Chorbajian (2001)

“The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Causes and Implications” — Michael P. Croissant (1998)

“Contested Territories and International Law: A Comparative Study of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Aland Islands Precedent” — Kamal Makili-Aliyev (2019)

“The Caucasian Knot: The History and Geopolitics of Nagorno-Karabagh” — Patrick Donabedian, Claude Mutafian, and Levon Chorbajian (1994)

“Ethnicity, Nationalism and Conflict in the South Caucasus: Nagorno-Karabakh and the Legacy of Soviet Nationalities Policy” — Ohannes Geukjian (2016)

“The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis” — Heiko Kruger (210)

“Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia: A Legal Appraisal” — Tim Potier (2000)

“Discordant Neighbours: A Reassessment of the Georgian-Abkhazian and Georgian-South Ossetian Conflicts” — B. George Hewitt (2013)

“The Making of Informal States: Statebuilding in Northern Cyprus and Transdniestria” — Daria Isachenko (2012)

“The Struggle for Secession, 1966-1970: A Personal Memoir of the Nigerian Civil War” — N. U. Akpan (1972)

“The East Pakistan Tragedy” — L. F. Rushbrook Williams (1972)

“West Papua: The Obliteration of a People” — Carmel Budiardjo and Liem Soei Liong (1988)

“West Irian and Jakarta Imperialism” — Kees Lagerberg (1979)

“Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword” — Colin Leys and John S. Saul (1994)

“Inside the East Timor Resistance” — Constancio Pinto (1997)

“Self-Determination of Peoples: A Legal Reappraisal” — Antonio Cassese (1999)

“Third World Colonialism and Strategies of Liberation: Eritrea and East Timor Compared” — Awet Tewelde Weldemichael (2013)

Russia/USSR: Since both my wife and I consider ourselves to be Marxists, our collection includes a large number of books about or published in the USSR. Again, since a strong interest of mine is the right of peoples to self-determination and ethnic and separatist conflict, I am especially interested in analyses of Soviet nationalities policy in regions such as the Caucasus and Central Asia. Notable volumes include:

“Report of Court Proceedings in the Case of the Anti-Soviet Trotskyite Centre Heard before the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R.” — People’s Commissariat of Justice of the U.S.S.R. (1937)

“Report of the Court Proceedings in the Case of the Anti-Soviet “Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites” Heard before the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R.” — People’s Commissariat of Justice of the U.S.S.R. (1938)

“A History of Siberia: From Russian Conquest to Revolution” — ed. Alan Wood (1991)

“A History of Russia” — Basil Dmytryshyn — (1977)

“A History of Russia” — George Vernadsky (1966)

“A History of Russia” — Jesse D. Clarkson (1964)

“A History of Russia” — Nicholas V. Riasanovsky (1977)

“A History of Russia and the Soviet Union” — David MacKenzie and Michael W. Curran (1977)

“A History of the USSR from Lenin to Krushchev” — Louis Aragon (1964)

“Yakutia: Before its Incorporation into the Russian State” — A. P. Okladnikov (1970)

“Russia and Iran, 1780-1828” — Muriel Atkin (1980)

“The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939” — Terry Martin (2001)

“Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union” — Francine Hirsch (2005)

“A Marxist Model of Social Change: Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1940” — R. R. Sharma (1979)

“Soviets in Central Asia” — W. P. Coates and Zelda Kahan (1951)

“How Socialism came to Central Asia” — A. Roslyakov (N/A)

“The October Revolution and the East: The Transition of the Soviet Central Asian Republics to Socialism” — Yu. M. Ivanov (1987)

“How the National Question was Solved in Soviet Central Asia” — R. Tuzmuhamedov (1973)

“The Establishment of National Republics in Soviet Central Asia” — Arne Haugen (2003)

“Muslim National Communism in the Soviet Union: A Revolutionary Strategy for the Colonial World” — Alexandre A. Benningsen and S. Enders Wimbush (1980)

Central Asia and Afghanistan: The five Central Asian republics — Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, in that order — and Afghanistan have been a source of interest to me since I was a child. Besides the books listed above, which are more concerned with the broader subject of Soviet policy in Central Asia than the specific republics themselves, our collection includes several books that are more republic specific. Notable volumes include:

“Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan” — Adrienne Lynn Edgar (2006)

“Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire and Revolution in the Early USSR” — Adeeb Khalid (2019)

“Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence” — Shirin Akiner (2013)

“The Origins of the Civil War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space” — Tim Epkenhans (2018)

“The Birth of Tajikistan: National Identity and the Origins of the Republic” — Paul Bergne (2018)

“Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan” — Artemy M. Kalinovsky (2018)

“Social and Economic Change in the Pamirs (Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan)” — Frank Bliss (2010)

“Tajikistan: A Political and Social History” — Kirill Nourzhanov and Christian Bleuer (2013)

“Kyrgyzstan beyond “Democracy Island” and “Failing State”: Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society” — ed. Marlene Laruelle (2015)

“Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran” — Dilip Hiro (2011)

“Afghanistan: A History from 1260 to the Present” — Jonathan L. Lee (2019)

“A History of Afghanistan” — Yu. V. Gankovsky (1982)

“Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89” — Rodric Braithwaite (2011)

Anti-Colonial/Anti-Imperialist Revolutions and Wars of Liberation: As Marxists, we are anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist, and anti-capitalist, so naturally these subjects would be of interest to us. Our collection includes books on revolutionary struggles in Algeria, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Kenya, East Timor, Palestine, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Balochistan, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Russia, Yugoslavia, Ireland, etc.

“The Baloch and Balochistan: A Historical Account from the Beginning to the Fall of the Baloch State” — Naseer Dashti (2012)

“Armed Struggle: A History of the IRA” — Richard English (2003)

“Kenya’s War of Independence: Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990” — Shiraz Durrani (2018)

“Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People’s War” — Patrick Chabal (2003)

“Mozambique: The Revolution Under Fire” — Joseph Hanlon (1990)

“Burkina Faso: A History of Power, Protest and Revolution” — Ernest Harsch (2017)

“Crisis in the Philippines: The Making of a Revolution” — Epifanio San Juan (1986)

“Nicaragua: The Sandinist Revolution” — Henri Weber (1983)

“Ethiopia’s Revolution” — Raúl Valdeś Vivó (1978)

“Cuba: Anatomy of a Revolution” — Leo Huberman and Paul M. Sweezy (1960)

“Against All Odds: A Chronicle of the Eritrean Revolution” — Dan Connell (1997)

“Dispatches from the People’s War in Nepal” — Onesto Li (2005)

“Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe: Beyond White-Settler Capitalism” — Sam Moyo (2013)

International Communist Movement: Again, as Marxists, it should come as no surprise that our collection includes several books on various communist movements and struggles. Notable volumes include:

“History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course” — Joseph Stalin (First Edition English Translation, 1939)

“Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930–1950” — Mary Stanton (2019)

“Greece, 1941–49: From Resistance to Civil War: The Strategy of the Greek Communist Party” — Haris Vlavianos (1992)

“At the Crossroads: The Sino-Indian Border Dispute and the Communist Party of India, 1959-1963” — Ouseph Varkey (1974)

“The British Communist Party: A Historical Profile” — Henry Pelling (1958)

“The Communist Movement in Nepal: Origin and Development” — Bhim Rawal (2007)

“Fifty Fighting Years: The Communist Party of South Africa, 1921-1971” — A. Lerumo (1987)

“The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Iraq: Evolution and Transformation” — Tareq Y. Ismael (2008)

“The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics” — Tareq Y. Ismael (2017)

“History of the Communist Party of the United States” — William Z Foster (1952)

“The Japanese Communist Party” — George M. Beckmann and Okubo Genii (1969)

“The Communist Party of the Soviet Union” — Leonard Schapiro (1971)

“History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union” — N/A (1960)

“Canada’s Party of Socialism: History of the Communist Party of Canada, 1921-1976” — N/A (1982)

“Black Bolshevik: Autobiography of an Afro-American Communist” — Harry Haywood (1978)

Labour Movement: Again, as Marxists, it should come as no surprise that our collection includes several books on the labour movement. Notable volumes include:

“Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases” — Kevin J. A. Thomas (2017)

“American Trade Unionism: Principles and Organization Strategy and Tactics” — William Z. Foster (1970)

“Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936” — Stephen Endicott (2012)

“Bienfait: The Saskatchewan Miners’ Struggle of ’31” — Stephen Endicott (2002)

“The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America’s Largest Labor Uprising” — Robert Shogan (2006)

“The Development of an African Working Class: Studies in Class Formation and Action” — Richard Sandbrook (1975)

“The Fur and Leather Workers Union,: A Story of Dramatic Struggles and Achievements” — Philip S. Foner (1950)

“Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981” — Philip S. Foner (2018)

“Miners and Steelworkers: Labour in Cape Breton” — Paul MacEwan (1976)

“Condition of the Working Class in Toronto, 1900-21” — Michael J. Piva (1979)

“Dying for a Living: The Politics of Industrial Death” — Lloyd Tataryn (1979)

“The Chinese Labor Movement, 1919-1927” — Jean Chesneaux (1980)

“The Trade Union Movement of Canada, 1827-1959” — Charles Lipton (1973)

“Park Prisoners: The Untold Story of Western Canada’s National Parks, 1915-1946” — Bill Waiser (1999)

“Dangerous Patriots: Canada’s Unknown Prisoners of War” — William Repka (1983)

“Canada and the Russian Revolution; the Impact of the World’s First Socialist Revolution on Labor and Politics in Canada” — Tim Buck (1967)

Other Random Books: These are books that are unique and special to me that do not easily fit into the above categories. Notable volumes include:

“Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness” – Bruce M. Z. Cohen (2016)

“A History of Pakistan (1947-58)” — Yu. V. Gankovsky, et. al. (N/A)

“Trotskyism: Counter-Revolution in Disguise” — M. J. Olgin (2013)

“J.B. McLachlan: A Biography” — David Frank (1999)

“All My Life: An Autobiography” — A. E. Smith (1949)

“An Unauthorized History of the RCMP” — Lorne Brown (1978)

“Sir George Goldie and the Making of Nigeria” — J. E. Flint (1960)

“Lady Death: The Memoirs of Stalin’s Sniper” — Lyudmila Pavlichenko (2018)

“Gomulka: His Poland, His Communism” — Nicholas Bethell (1969)

“Red Peak: A Personal Account of the British-Soviet Pamir Expedition, 1962” — Malcolm Slesser (1964)

“An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women” — Karen Stote (2015)

“The First Socialist Schism: Bakunin vs. Marx in the International Working Men’s Association” — Wolfgang Eckhardt (2016)

“Cultural Cleansing in Iraq: Why Museums Were Looted, Libraries Burned and Academics Murdered” — ed. Raymond W. Baker (2009)

“Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic” — Ervand Abrahamian (1993)

“The Geography of Hunger” — Josue de Castro (1952)