During the 1960s, the Soviet Union began to significantly increase its influence in different parts of the globe traditionally known as the “Third World.” Cold War competition between the Soviet Union and the United States in this Third World arena was fierce, as both powers aimed to develop these states under their own spheres of […]
Throughout the post-Stalin era, Nikita Khrushchev was tasked with facilitating the period of cultural and economic transformation, characterized as “de-Stalinization,” that would lead to the ascension of the Soviet Union to imperial superpower status. Khrushchev’s reform initiatives included policies of decentralization and democratization that were designed to both “dislodge an entrenched bureaucracy” and shift power […]
The “Grand” alliance, a name given by none other than Winston Churchill, between the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the United States was one of the most significant reasons the Ally forces were able to claim victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. While some have argued that the Soviet Union could have […]
The civil war with the White Army left a profound imprint on Bolshevik political culture in the early 1920s. Following the war, the Red Army remained the largest and most important institution of the new state. Soviet Russia ultimately became a quasi military-administrative state, in which the military essentially permeated throughout the government, economy, and […]
Russian foreign policy in the late 19th century can be best characterized in one word–cautious. Finance Minister Sergei Witte understood that Russia occupied a precarious, but important place in the world at this time. Russia was considered a world superpower , but remained at a serious crossroads as to whether or not to pursue the […]
Pinkhus Karlinskii, pictured above, was the supervisor of the Cheringov floodgate on the Mariinsk Canal system in the northern part of Russia. The photograph was taken by Sergei Prokudin-Gorski, a Russian photographer of the early twentieth century. Prokudin-Gorski photographed Karlinskii during his tour of the famous canal system, and noted that he was eighty-four […]
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