A conversation with Professor Michael Khodarkovsky about his new book, Russia’s 20th Century: a fresh look at the arc of Soviet history.
In Caroline Boggis-Rolfe’s authoritative The Baltic Story, we meet pirates, princes, and prelates. While much divides the Slavs, Balts, Saxons, Poles, and Scandinavian peoples, much also unites them: rugged individualism and a desire to expand the boundaries of their known world.
8th of March was conceived as a day to celebrate equal rights for women. If Clara Zetkin and Rosa Luxumbourg could see what Russians get up to today, they’d be turning in their graves.
In the Putin era, the Guards are brought out of retirement, dusted off, and put to work again for the greater glory of Russia’s new empire: along with double-headed eagles, the Orthodox Church, money, and good old Russian excess.
You have to hand it to the Russians, sometimes. Full marks for not giving up, where others might. In attempting to break through the Swedish lines, the Russians decided to drag their galleys across the peninsula on land, which can’t have been a walk in the park.
Twice, I traveled to Siberia to ride on portions of the famous Trans-Siberian railway: I’m still getting over having to explain to a woman from New York that the train did not offer pedicures, although what a very good idea that is!