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Airbud 9: Dog in Space

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 […]

Lenin’s Pragmatic Approach with the West

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 […]

Pinkhus Karlinskii and 66 years of service

  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 […]