Friday, October 30, 2020

Holodomor: The Great Famine in Soviet Ukraine, 1932-1933

Collectivization was implemented with greater vigilance and ruthlessness in Ukraine than elsewhere in the Soviet Union. It was also used as a tool to...

Soviet Jewish Jokes: Anecdotes & Humour in the Soviet Union

Soviet Jewish anecdotes talked about emigration, nationality, economics and discrimination. Emigration humour was hugely popular and served to highlight both the poor standard of...

The Maxim Gorky: Aviation’s Titanic

Maurie White’s father, an engineer who produced truck radiators, was one of forty people invited onto the Maxim Gorky, a mammoth passenger plane that...

Russian Political History

Russian History is politically complex. From its earliest emergence to the present Russian Federation, the country's long story is fascinating. Modern day Russia has emerged...

Russian Beauty

In 1899, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was preparing for the arrival of her third child. This time, Russia anxiously awaited an heir. Relatives ardently prayed...

Domestic Violence – Peasant Russia: Wife-Beating Was a Common Form of Physical Abuse in...

The culture of the peasantry in Russia made the practice of wife-beating expected. Domestic violence was a normal way of subjugating household members. Domestic violence...

Russia’s Position in WWI

Russia’s position in WWI was difficult. Military support for Serbia meant all-out war, failure, and social revolution. Inaction meant criticism from Pan-Slavist parties. Russia’s entry...

The Western Front Bias in Historical Studies

Russia seldom receives equal treatment in the retelling of history, from the Napoleonic Wars to the Great Patriotic War and the subsequent defeat of...

Anastasia – A Century’s Mystery

In the autumn of 1900, the Tsar fell terribly ill with typhoid fever. Torn by worries for her husband, Alix was suddenly put face...

Tatiana Nikolaievna

Eighteen months after the birth of Olga, the Imperial Household was en route to welcoming another addition to the family. By May, all of...