Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) 7.1 Published!


Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) 7.1 – Published!


The editorial board of the Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is delighted to announce the publication of JRAS 7.1.  In this issue, you will find three articles, five book reviews, and field notes.  Svetlana Paulson starts off the issue with a delicious article about how food played a key role in diplomacy between the nineteenth-century American ambassadors and the Russian court in St. Petersburg.  Drawn extensively from diaries and letters, Paulson exposes the personal world behind the formal relations between the two nations.  Jeanie Welch and Kelly Evans examine in the second article the official reactions by U.S. diplomats Loy W. Henderson, George F. Kennan, and Charles “Chip” Bohlen to the Moscow show trials of the 1930s.  Based on diplomatic messages and memoirs, they illuminate the skepticism about the trials that will become dominant later.  The last article by Fedor Sinitsyn and Irina Vavochkina examine of lobbying in the pages of Pravda during the Soviet period.  They compare the concept between Soviet and American cultures across the twentieth century.


The editorial board extends its thanks to the University of Kansas Libraries for its continuing support of the journal.  A special note of thanks to Marianne Reed and Eric Bader.


The editorial board also extends a note of thanks to Benjamin Farrow VI for his innovative cover designs.


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Ben Whisenhunt

Lee Farrow

Co-Managing Editors

Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS)