Soviet Union

The Most Humane Drama on Cable Is About a Bunch of Murderous Spies
February 26, 2014

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

My Soviet Valentine
February 14, 2014

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.

Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century
February 10, 2014

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.

Inside Lee Harvey Oswald's Lost Soviet Days
October 14, 2013

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.

Moscow Is No Place for a Defector
July 03, 2013

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

Have Family Dinners Prepared Teddy Turner to Be a Politician?
January 17, 2013

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

Poland in the Darkness of World War II
December 20, 2012

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.

How Human Rights Became our Ideology
November 16, 2012

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

From the Archives: Eugene Genovese on Eric Hobsbawm
October 01, 2012

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

Russia’s Wild Fantasies of an All-Powerful State Department
September 17, 2012

When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance? Mamontov’s investigation yielded two culprits: oligarch-in-exile Boris Berezovsky, and “some Americans” who hired Pussy Riot and choreographed their act in order to corrupt the souls of Russian youth. Mamontov didn’t need to spell out who those Americans were; everyone watching got the message anyway.

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