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There are 8 item(s) tagged with the keyword "russian history".

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1. Subbotniks: Soviet "Days of Service"
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Once, a group of factory workers decided to work without pay for the war effort. Somehow their voluntary sacrifice became the entire Soviet Union's mandatory labor - all "for the greater good."

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Tags: ussr, russian history, subbotnik, lenin
2. Perks and Perils of Being the Tsar's Favorite
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

How do you get from pie-seller to tsar’s favorite? Mostly by being a brilliant strategist – but having a tsar willing to turn a blind eye to your corruption helps, too.

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Tags: russia, st. petersburg, peter the great, menshikov, russian architecture, russian history, history
3. Reds, Whites, Greens, and... Blacks?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

The Russian Civil War was a messy affair, as civil wars so often are. Think you can identify all the colors? (Hint: Black is the color of anarchism.)

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Tags: russia, civil war, russian civil war, bolsheviks, russian history, anarchism, revolution
4. Who “Discovered” Sakhalin?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

You think planting a flag on a piece of land makes you own it? Think again! With Sakhalin, it was just one step in the long back-and-forth between Russia and Japan.

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Tags: russia, russian history, japan, foreign relations, sakhalin
5. Why Did Soviet Houses All Look the Same?
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Ever wonder why Soviet houses looked so drab, colorless, and interchangeable? It all started with Nikita Khrushchev's battle against architectural excess, and continues to plague Russia to this day.

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Tags: khrushchev, russia, russian architecture, russian history, moscow, politics
6. Stargorod: A Novel in Many Voices

Stargorod is a mid-sized provincial city that exists only in Russian metaphorical space. It has its roots in Gogol, and Ilf and Petrov, and is a place far from Moscow, but close to Russian hearts. It is a place of mystery and normality, of provincial innocence and Black Earth wisdom. Strange, inexplicable things happen in Stargorod. So do good things. And bad things. A lot like life everywhere, one might say. Only with a heavy dose of vodka, longing and mystery.

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Tags: fiction, russian history, Aleshkovsky, village life, soviet era, perestroika
7. Jews in Service to the Tsar

Benjamin Disraeli advised, “Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.” With Jews in Service to the Tsar, Lev Berdnikov offers us 28 biographies spanning five centuries of Russian Jewish history, and each portrait opens a new window onto the history of Eastern Europe’s Jews, illuminating dark corners and challenging widely-held conceptions about the role of Jews in Russian history.

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Tags: jews, russian history
8. Leon Trotsky
By Linda DeLaine

Table of contents for complete text of Trotsky's "The Lessons of October."

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Tags: russian history, trotsky

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