Gregory Walker writes: This year’s annual updating of the UTREES database of theses in Russian and East European studies saw a record number of new entries. The bibliographic details of 242 doctoral theses have been added, bringing the total number on the database to 5,638. Another record was set by the number of British and Irish institutions represented in the update: 68 in all, with 25 of these contributing one thesis each, ranging up to one university which yielded 31 entries.
As usual, the diversity of topics treated is striking. There is a study of the Soviet influence on Cuban culture; a feminist exploration of Sofia; and a look at wine-making in Tokaj. And one has to wonder what intrepid fieldwork went into assessing the soundness of Kazakhstan banks, or investigating professional online poker players in Estonia.
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