Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.
The Russian 'exclave' ignored its Soviet past, remembered its German roots, but now looks east again.
The more notorious concentration camps of the 20th century must serve as a stark reminder of the depravity of tearing children away from their parents and putting them in camps.
A flavor of diplomacy that focuses on science cuts through political differences and finds new ways for nations to work together.
Vladimir Putin's Russia is as much an imperial power as its Soviet and Tsarist predecessors were.
Why this art form is rather more than just biff, bang pow.
A stint teaching university students in Lithuania leaves a longtime economics professor optimistic about the future of Eastern Europe as it continues its transition to a free-market economy.
A scholar of literary radicalism asks whether Marx's writings are at all relevant to the world's struggles with inequality today and why he's no longer being relegated to the dustbin of history.
The protest song "Stimela" remains as much a song about present and future aspirations, as it is of the past.
Despite its reputation, Russia has contributed much more to international law than it's sometimes given credit for.
The physical and political space of cities can be shaped from above or below, but few have had more revolutionary changes, first under the tsars, then the communists, than St Petersburg.
The International Olympic Committee has banished dopers from the Winter Games. Shame it hasn't treated North Korea, a noted human rights violator, with the same resolve.
The study of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and new head of its governing party, is generating a great deal of heat, and not much light.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin's widow.
When push came to shove, Turkey's young Communist Party didn't get the unwavering support from Moscow it might have expected.
Two big battles which turned the tide of World War II can tell us a great deal about some important present-day challenges.
Several key figures travelled to Soviet Russia in its early days to witness the socialist state in action.
An old Scottish master has revealed its secret after 430 years. What next from art detectives?
If Rosa Luxemburg and her comrades had been successful with their German revolution in 1919, history would most probably have taken a very different course, avoiding the rise of fascism in Europe.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it's often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.