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The cost effect of cold war on soviet republic is that the empire of many nations collapsed to a single state and lost its territories. The dissolution of the republic led to political independence of fifteen states all of which have commonwealth ties with Moscow until recently when disagreement overshadowed it. 187 more words

IR Digests

Bruce Chatwin: through the Iron Curtain

How iron was the Iron Curtain? Every ‘through the curtain’ experience tells us something about the division of Europe during the Cold War. It adds evidence to any view of how ‘European’ — in dimensions of time and space alike — the East remained during the Communist period. 412 more words

Russia Past And Present

Afternoon in DDR

Yesterday I made a time travel to East Germany to see how people lived in the Eastern Bloc from 1949 to 1990. The DDR experience is made possible by the… 210 more words


Drawing the Curtain

With all this talk of Brexit and what a disaster it would be, I thought it timely to repost a review I wrote for Canadian Literature… 110 more words


The iron curtain first lady

Laughed at, unable to answer back, constrained in private life but derided for political involvement: the modern political spouse can’t do right for doing wrong. 503 more words

Russia Past And Present

an exclusive backstage look at gosha rubchinskiy's autumn/winter 16 show

Featuring Rubchinskiy’s trademark cast of inimitable youth, his collection represents the end of a cycle that started with his first collection. 92 more words

V is for Video "I Was a Spy?"

The A to Z Challenge 2016 is nearly complete. Historical Treasure remains after this theme is relegated to the past. I hope Irene’s memoirs inspire you. 119 more words

Memoirs & History