Soviet Union

And Vladimir Putin wants to be a "gatherer of Russian lands."

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"The Americans," the anti-"House of Cards"

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My Soviet Valentine

In honor of Valentine's Day 1958, pseudonymous author Sagittarius took a light-hearted look at ongoing diplomatic talks between the United States and Soviet Union on the subject of nuclear weapons tests. Though the Berlin and Cuban Missile Crises loomed in the near future, the powers did agree to a one-year ban on tests in March 1958.

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Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century

Irving Howe on the tragedy of our twentieth-century Tolstoy

Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.

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Although Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in American history, Oswald’s brief defection to the Soviet Union remains a relatively understudied chapter in the assassin’s life. This passage from The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union covers the months leading up to Oswald’s departure from the Marine Corps and his move to the Soviet Union.

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Moscow Is No Place for a Defector

In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy litany of American dissidents

In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy history

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The media scion is still trying get out from under his dad's shadow.

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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War By Halik Kochanski (Harvard University Press, 734 pp., $35) The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery By Witold Pilecki translated by Jarek Garliński (Aquila Polonica, 460 pp., $34.95)   ONCE, THE Allied history of the Second World War—the Anglo-American history of the Second World War, the Victors’ history of the Second World War—was the only one we thought mattered.

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The modern idea of human rights was only created after World War II. In the next half-century, it became a global movement.

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A 1995 review by Eugene Genovese of Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the 20th century.

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