Twenty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down, and with it fell the Soviet Union and its empire of tyranny throughout Eastern Europe. In August 1977, the British journalist and broadcaster Bernard Levin had predicted what eventually happened. He was right about why it would happen, how it would happen, and […]
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Although this past August 23, 2014 marks the date in which the Nazi-Soviet Pact (also know as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) was signed in 1939, History Today is featuring a podcast delivered by Roger Moorhouse to discuss the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939-41. You can read Roger’s article on the subject, Under Two Flags , in the […]
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A vast U.S. archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers. The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman […]
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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
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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 years in storage at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University.
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“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 […]
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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 […]
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