Rieber Publishes Two Volumes on Eurasian Borderlands

University Professor in the Department of history at CEU Alfred J. Rieber's two recent publications, Stalin and the Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia and The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlandsexplore the Eurasian borderlands as contested 'shatter zones' which have generated some of the world's most significant conflicts. 

In Stalin and the Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia, Rieber provides a new framework for understanding the evolution of Soviet policy from the Revolution through to the beginning of the Cold War. Paying particular attention to the Soviet Union, the book charts how these powers adopted similar methods to the old ruling elites to expand and consolidate their conquests, ranging from colonisation and deportation to forced assimilation, but applied them with a force that far surpassed the practices of their imperial predecessors.

In The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands, Rieber surveys the period from the rise of the great multicultural, conquest empires in the late medieval/early modern period to their collapse in the early twentieth century.