Firefighters extinguish fires in an apartment building after being hit by shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 15, 2022.
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Seizing Kharkiv or Kyiv is going to take time and heavy use of artillery— called ‘the God of War’ by Joseph Stalin — if it happens at all.
Russian traditional wooden matryoshka dolls showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on sale in a street souvenir shop in Moscow.
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History always served as a weapon in the former Soviet Union, a way to control the narrative and deny the truth of the past. Vladimir Putin is now attempting to control this narrative through war.
Ukrainian soldiers on the the streets of Kyiv in 1917.
A historian looks back at a time when Ukrainians battled for control of the capital, but succumbed to a superior Soviet army.
Donetsk residents celebrate recognition of independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics by Russia on Feb. 21, 2022.
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History has many uses, and not all of them are noble. That’s very much the case as the public gets a crash course from politicians about Ukrainian history.
Never forgotten: a memorial to the Great Famine of the 1930s in Kyiv, Ukraine.
New research reveals huge differences in the way Russians and Ukrainians view their history.
A statue commemorating the Ukrainian famine, in which millions died.
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Ukraine was once known as the breadbasket of Europe, yet it suffered a devastating famine as a result of collectivist plans. That and other Soviet-era grievances have bred resentment toward Russia.
Marx, Madison or God? Who said it first…or at all?
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At the height of Reaganism, close to half of Americans believed a phrase popularized by Karl Marx actually derived from the US Constitution. It doesn’t, but scholars have traced it to the Bible.
Winston Churchill giving his final address, during the 1945 election campaign, at Walthamstow Stadium, East London.
Wikipedia, the collections of the Imperial War Museums
Even a highly popular and respected leader can lose an election, writes a historian – especially if they don’t have a plan for the future. Churchill was one of them.
Vladimir Putin opens the wall of sorrow in Moscow in 2018.
Moscow has invested heavily in remembering the Soviet system of terror, while trying to crush those like historian Yuri Dmitriev who contradict the pro-Stalin narrative.
Targeting the families of protestors is highly effective as a means of control.
A damaged Confederate statue lies on a pallet in a warehouse in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, after protesters yanked it off its pedestal in front of a government building.
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Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the US something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.
Inheritors of an order we did not build, we are now witnesses to a decline we did not see.
We are, as Snyder is urgently reminding us, perilously close to the edge of the fascist cliff
Raya Dunayevskaya believed “Marxism is a theory of liberation or it is nothing.”
The book, Marxism and Freedom was written in 1958. Yet, it remains relevant today.
Behind the mask.
National Galleries of Scotland
An old Scottish master has revealed its secret after 430 years. What next from art detectives?
The 1976 memorial at the Babi Yar massacre site only recognised Soviet victims, despite the killing of more than 30,000 Jewish people. In 1991 a Jewish memorial was installed nearby.
On September 29 1941, Nazis murdered more than 30,000 Jews in a ravine outside Kiev. Dmitri Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, Babi Yar, is a damning critique of the Soviet Union’s lack of recognition of the massacre, and a condemnation of Stalinism.
Over a period of 30 years, millions of criminals and political prisoners were sent to Soviet labor camps.
The recently translated letters of Latvian poet and journalist Arsenii Formakov depict everyday life – and suffering – in the Gulag.
In Soviet Russia, the science tests you.
When politics meddles with science, it can lead to tragedy, as was the case with Stalin’s favourite agricultural biologist Trofim Lysenko and his rival Nikolai Vavilov.
In the West, the public perception of Stalin and the Terror lingers from the period immediately after his death in 1953. It shouldn’t.
How Stalin and his successors maintained an iron grip on power.
Did Mao pass the poo test?
Poo-analysis tests conducted by the Soviet leader may not have been as crazy as they sound.