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Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields

William Brumfield presents an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941—1942) of the Great Fatherland War. Of particular interest is the growing role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the sanctification of these sacrifices. What had formerly been a secular process—carefully supervised by state institutions with limited attention to the extent of the catastrophe—is now moving toward concepts of exaltation of the myriad of souls given in defense of motherland and faith.

Ukrainian Historians Post 10,000 Documents on the Internet

The "D-Archive” of the Ukrainian liberation movement was launched at a press conference convened on March 19, 2013 in Lviv, Ukraine by the Lviv National University of Ivan Franko and the Center for Research on the Liberation Movement (CDVR). D-Archive allows for free access over the Internet to more than ten thousand catalogued, digitized copies of documents: avr.org.ua

Wilson Forum - Human Trafficking and a Regional Look at the Post-Soviet World

On this episode of Wilson Forum William Pomeranz, Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, discusses political and economic trends in post-Soviet countries.  Lauren McCarthy, research scholar with the Kennan Institute, discusses continuing problems with human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation.  The event was attended by students from The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program.

Database on Inter-Korean Relations

Using fresh and policy-relevant historical data, the Database on Inter-Korean Relations informs and supports current and future efforts to reunify peacefully the Korean Peninsula and achieve reconciliation in post-unification Korea. The Database has been made possible through the generous support of the Korean Ministry of Unification.

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam is the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for History.

Russian Industrialists during World War I: The Interaction of Economics and Politics (1978)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #51, 1978. PDF 50 pages.

Russia as a Great Power, 1709-1856: Reflections on the Problem of Relative Backwardness, with Special Reference to the Russian Army and Russian Society (1978)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #33, 1978. PDF 66 pages.

North Korea warned foreigners during Pueblo crisis, too

North Korea’s recent warnings to diplomats and foreigners living in Pyongyang that their safety cannot be guaranteed because of the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula are not unprecedented. Documents obtained and translated by the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) reveal that North Korea has issued similar warnings during past crises in Korea.

The Politics of Achieving Meaningful Arms Control (1977)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #18, 1977. PDF 13 pages.

North Korea's Brinkmanship in Historical Perspective

The North Korea International Document Project (NKIDP) is pleased to announce the release of a newly assembled collection of documents on the history of North Korean adventurism since 1968. The collection, North Korean Military Adventurism, is now available on the Wilson Center Digital Archive.

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