An Expanded Bibliography and Reference Guide for the Former USSR's Ethnic Germans: Issues of Ethnic Autonomy, Group Repression, Cultural Assimilation, and Mass Emigration in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Book review by Edna Boardman, Bismarck, North Dakota
Schmaltz, Ph.D, Eric J. An Expanded Bibliography and Reference Guide for the Former USSR's Ethnic Germans: Issues of Ethnic Autonomy, Group Repression, Cultural Assimilation, and Mass Emigration in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. North Dakota State University Libraries, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Fargo, North Dakota, 2003.
The literature pertaining to the Germans from Russia was once thought to be extremely limited. Now, because of the opening of a number of archives and the work of scholars such as Schmaltz, we know that pertinent writing is far more extensive than anyone imagined a few years ago. This book consists of a detailed chronology of the Germans from Russia, a number of essays about sources, and the status of research about this ethnic group today, and a long bibliography of works (books, articles, significant e-mails, unpublished manuscripts,...) in English, German, and Russian. Though the introduction suggests that this book may be for the popular reader as well as the scholar, this reviewer believes that the casual reader will feel overwhelmed by it and will have difficulty sorting out what is basic from what ranges more widely. Schmaltz has written the book he wished he had access to when he began his researches, and in so doing has performed a superb service to future scholars.
Read this if you wish to dig deeply into the literature about how the German Russian story has unfolded in Europe or Russia.