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Russia Substitutes Politicized History for Politics

Last Saturday some of my friends had to line up for four to five hours to take part in this year’s remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Soviet terror. Initiated by the activist group Memorial, the event is an annual gathering at which people recite the names of those killed in the purges and extralegal executions that took place in the Soviet Union between the 1920s and the early 1950s.

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Russia As a Mirror Image of Europe

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Russians have always been deeply interested in what is happening on the European continent. Europe matters to Russia so much that the past 500 years of our history have been driven by relations between the two. Will this centuries-old bond hold throughout the current time of troubles? 

Lev Simkin: “The Holocaust Began in Ukraine”

Among the tragedies of the Holocaust, Babi Yar occupies the singular position of being the largest massacre at its time: 33,771 people were murdered there over two days in September 1941. Even after all the murders of the Holocaust that followed, the killings at Babi Yar remain among the three or four largest massacres.

New Radio Free Europe Document Release

New documents obtained by A. Ross Johnson illuminated the controversial early years of Radio Free Europe.

Officials of the British Broadcasting Corporation went on four fact-finding visits to Radio Free Europe's headquarters in Munich during the 1950s. The two newly released documents below contain their candid assessments and recommendations for the new broadcaster.

Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969–1991

Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969–1991 uses trust—with its emotional and predictive aspects—to explore international relations in the second half of the Cold War, beginning with the late 1960s.

Lessons of the Cold War in the Pacific: U.S. Maritime Strategy, Crisis Prevention, and Japan's Role

Learning lessons from the Cold War experience will be critical to find a better way to maintain peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region while shaping a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship among the United States, Japan, and China.

China’s False Allegations of the Use of Biological Weapons by the United States during the Korean War

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CWIHP Working Paper #78
March 2016

China’s False Allegations of the Use of Biological Weapons by the United States during the Korean War

Milton Leitenberg

 

Stalin’s “Revolution from Above”: Property Seizure in the Perm Region

Stalin’s “liquidation of kulaks as a class” began in the early 1930s with the seizure of peasants’ property. Dr. Suslov argues, using the Perm region as a case study, that the arbitrary nature of this campaign’s enforcement was by design, rather than an accident of application. Using the directives of the regional party bodies, he elucidates the relationship between the seemingly random application of “dekulakization” on the local level, and Stalin’s overarching goal to change the structure of Soviet society. 

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