Tag Archives: Russia

Winners At A Losing Game

One of the more momentous wars in the 19th century was fought mostly in the Crimean Peninsula in the southern portion of Ukraine. Since time immemorial this constricted space has proven to be the location of ferocious conflict, and it … Continue reading

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Book Review: This Blessed Land

This Blessed Land: Crimea And The Crimean Tartars, by Paul Robert Magosci It is clear that the author thought he was writing a book that would bring praise to the Crimean Tartars for their resilience in the face of generations … Continue reading

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Book Review: Young Heroes Of The Soviet Union

Young Heroes Of The Soviet Union: A Memoir And A Reckoning, by Alex Halberstadt This is not a very good memoir, nor is the author nearly insightful enough to provide reckoning about anything. There is a great gulf between what … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Russian Civil War

The Russian Civil War, by Evan Mawdsley In many ways, reading this book is sort of like the opposite experience of reading about the experience of the American or Spanish or Finnish Civil Wars, for example. In those latter two … Continue reading

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Book Review: The White Generals

The White Generals:  An Account Of The White Movement And The Russian Civil War, by Richard Luckett Any time we deal with the past there is the question of the inevitability of the past.  In retrospect, we know that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Moldova Quo Vadis

Moldova Quo Vadis:  Neutrality And European Integration?  Problems Of Policy, by Igor Talcan This thesis is an interesting one and it looks at the problem of Moldova’s troubled attempts to integrate with Europe over the past thirty years in the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov, by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by Yevgeni Nesterenko, Alexander Ognivtsiev, Elena Obratsova, Vladimir Atlantov, and Yuri Mazurok and the Choir & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Mark Ermier I find it somewhat surprising that this is the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Borderland

Borderland:  A Journey Through The History Of Ukraine, by Anna Reid This book was a fascinating one, but one that is likely to upset a great many people who have a vested interest in the history of Ukraine as a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Stalin’s Genocides

Stalin’s Genocides, by Norman M. Naimark It is an odd thing to read a small set of personal essays about a subject like Stalin’s genocides.  Indeed, the subject of Stalin’s genocides is a contentious one because of the way that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ukraine

Opposing Viewpoints:  Ukraine, edited by Michael Ruth In reading this book I became quickly aware of how biased I was as a reader.  To be sure, the fact that I have a marked pro-Ukrainian bias as opposed to a pro-Russian … Continue reading

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