Recent Award Winners

Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire That Lost the Cultural Cold War by Kristin Roth-Ey is Winner of the 2012 AATSEEL Award for Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies. The committee’s comments follow: “With Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, Kristin Roth-Ey has written an ambitious, original, and fascinating account of Soviet film, television, and radio in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, when the Soviet Union cultivated a mass culture intended to rival western dominance internationally. To her considerable credit, Roth-Ey’s does not tell the typical story of a Soviet Cold War failure, however. Indeed, the very success of the Soviet mass culture enterprise upended cultural politics, individual freedoms, and public tastes in unexpected ways. Adducing evidence from archives, interviews, and printed sources, Roth-Ey convincingly argues that during those three transformative decades, as sundry forms of public experience became private, Soviet culture gradually came to mirror those of its western counterpart. Meticulously researched, well-written, and extremely engaging, Moscow Prime Time is an extraordinary ‘must read’ for students and scholars of 20th-century history and culture.”

Morten Axel Pedersen’s Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia and Scott Radnitz’s Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia were Shortlisted for the 2012 Central Eurasian Studies Association Book Prize

Recent Award Winners