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Red Medicine: The West Looks at the Soviet Experiment in the 1930s

By Paul Theerman, Associate Director, Library and Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health

Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the Great October Revolution, whereby the Bolsheviks in Petrograd overthrew the Russian government and took power. 1,289 more words

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The Name of the Star is Chernobyl

I went into the Zone from the very beginning. I remember stopping in a village and being struck by the silence. No birds, nothing. You walk down a street…silence. 1,060 more words


Reform Impossible?

On Twitter, I’ve seen several replies to Keith Gessen’s response to William Taubman’s new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev. I’m writing this having not yet read the book, although I think now I’ll have to add it to the to-do list. 627 more words

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A Question: Narrating the Soviet Union

In conversations this week with fellow historians, I have returned often to the question of why public knowledge of the Soviet Union is so limited, and interpretations so traditional and conservative. 228 more words

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Unearthing Soviet Secrets in Ukraine’s Archives

This post originally appeared on The Wilson Center’s blog, Sources and Methods

The archives of Ukraine are open and they are filled with former Soviet secrets. 968 more words


The Russian Revolution Was Not the Material for Your Modern Day Morality Play

Given that this is the centenary of Russia’s October Revolution, I am not at all surprised that the internet, including mainstream outlets like the Washington Post… 940 more words


Resurrected: "The 74th Anniversary"

This and other posts titled “Resurrected” are reposts from an earlier blog I kept that now, thanks to no longer being affiliated with UNC–Chapel Hill, I cannot continue to use. 151 more words