February 06, 2020

#TBT Yalta Conference



#TBT Yalta Conference

Tuesday was 75th anniversary of the start of the Yalta Conference, the first step in rebuilding the post-War world.

Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt (and lots of aides) convened on the (then still Russian) peninsular to talk about the course of the war and to plan for the peace.

Literary Hub this week published a superb memoir of the event. And we have published a few articles on the Yalta Conference, including this piece on a memoir we uncovered and the veracity of which we cannot confirm, but which is a rather compelling read.

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Painting up a Storm

From his studio in Theodosia, the painter Ivan Aivazovsky completed 6000 works--mainly of ships and the sea. On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of this prolific master's birth, we tell the artist's life story.
The Crimean Conference
  • January 01, 2005

The Crimean Conference

We explore the events and debates surrounding the important Yalta Conference of 1945, with the help of an anonymous journal.
The Pull of Stalin's Riviera
  • May 18, 2019

The Pull of Stalin's Riviera

On the foundation of Intourist and some of the beautiful posters they used to entice tourist to Soviet Russia.
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