Tag Archives: Russia

“Blood and Ruins,” a revelatory history

Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945, by British historian Richard Overy. That’s the book that has transformed my mind. So much so, every day I find myself absorbing news about our world and events within it with such … Continue reading

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What happens if you dis the State?

Depends on which State you’re dissing, and which part of It. From Harper’s Weekly Review: A Russian rock musician was charged with discrediting the army after declaring onstage that “the motherland, friends, is not the president’s ass that should be … Continue reading

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About despots, Ukraine, Putin and America

I’m a few months behind in my New Yorkers. Today, though, David Remnick, the New Yorker’s editor, linked on Twitter a fascinating conversation he had with a Stalin scholar, Stephen Kotkin. The title of the piece, “The Weakness of the … Continue reading

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