Tagged: History

A Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris

A Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris

Amazing music video that uses the metaphor of Tetris to tell the history of Russia and the Soviet Union

What if the Romanovs had been restored?

What if the Romanovs had been restored?

Martin Gilbert, writing in the Times, imagines an entirely different end to the First World War: Imagine: in October 1918, Lloyd George’s Cabinet is planning for a prolonged struggle in 1919. Haig’s solution promises...

The Russians invented blogging

The Russians invented blogging

Oh, come on! Don’t tell me you thought blogging was a modern phenomenon. How foolish can you be? A Russian thought up the concept of blogging way back in 1837. Prince Vladimir Odoevsky, a...

Solider Nixon

Solider Nixon

What happens when you try to buy Russian literature in small town Queensland? So I asked the old half-deaf biddy in the second hand bookshop if she had any books by Solzhenitsyn. “Soldier Nixon,...

A 1960s exchange student in Moscow

A 1960s exchange student in Moscow

David McDuff has just posted a beautifully written eleven part series series about his experiences as a student of Moscow State University in the 1960s. It’s frightening, at times, how closely his observations of...