The countries of the former Eastern bloc are full of abandoned monuments to the “glory” of the Soviet Union. Risking arrest and radiation, photographer Rebecca Litchfield took a road trip through the ruined hospitals, barracks, prisons and spy stations to produce a haunting ghost story in bricks and mortar.   http://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/jul/10/soviet-ghosts-an-empire-in-decay-in-pictures

Herbert Hoover’s Indictment of Allied Strategy The great work of Herbert Hoover’s lifetime, Freedom Betrayed, is both a memoir and a diplomatic history of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Meticulously researched, written, and revised over a period of 20 years, Hoover’s most labor-intensive literary achievement has finally been published after nearly fifty […]

“Weak states can be both policy takers and, occasionally policy makers,” argues Laszlo Borhi in a presentation examining weak states in East Central Europe in the 20th century. Focusing on several case studies, Borhi looks at three periods: the aftermath of World War I and World War II and the post-1989 era. Borhi maintains that […]

Please do tune in to CBC Ideas’ recent interview with Anne Applebaum regarding her newest publication: “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956.” Ms. Applebaum speaks to the crushing communist takeover in Eastern Europe and the profound and shattering effect the war and totalitarianism had on the lives of millions. It is important that we do […]