Russian Regional Flags

by Anne M. Platoff
North American Vexillological Association (NAVA)
PMB 225
1977 North Olden Avenue Extension
Trenton, New Jersey 08618-2193, USA.

2009 North American Vexillological Association.
192 pages

ISBN  978-0-9747728-2-0 (paperback)

Price $20.00

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Product Description --

For the first time since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the flags of all federal subjects of Russia - Republics, Oblasts, Krais, and more - are documented in one volume in English. Based on a paper which won the Captain William Driver Award for scholarly achievement in Vexillology, this book belongs on every flag-lover's bookshelf. Its 89 articles cover current and merged federal subjects. Each article provides the description of the territory's flag, including its proportions, year of adoption, designer(s), history, and meaning. A locator map places the territory in Russia, with grayscale illustrations of the flag and arms in each article. (81 of 83 current subjects have flags - 8 more merged subjects are covered.) 32 pages of full-color plates illustrate the flags and arms described in the articles in beautiful detail. All of the federal subjects are identified in English, Russian, and transliterated Russian. An extensive analysis of the flags explores their design, colors, symbolism, and meaning. This book is a special issue of Raven, the annual scholarly journal of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA); it is Volume 16 - 2009. Raven is a peer-reviewed journal published by NAVA:, and edited by Edward B. Kaye.

About the Author --

Anne M. Platoff is the Slavic Studies Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara Library. Having joined the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) in 1984, she has twice won the Captain William Driver Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting of NAVA.  This book won in 2008 under the title Lions and Babrs and Bears: Analyzing the Flags of Russia's Federal Subjects. Platoff also won the award in 1992 for Where No Flag Has Gone Before: Political and Technical Aspects of Placing a Flag on the Moon, which was later published by NASA and in Volume 1 of Raven.  Her other vexillological presentations and publications have covered topics such as Soviet children's flags, the use of flags in the U.S. manned space program, the Pike-Pawnee flag incident, and proposed designs for the state flag of Kansas.  Platoff holds master's degrees in library science from the University of North Texas and historical studies from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She also has a graduate certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University; her bachelor's degree is in political science and history from Kansas State University.



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