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U.S. Navy Sends Two Warships to Black Sea, Risking Russia's Anger

2 days agoNews : Newsweek: US

Europe's southeastern sea was once dominated by the Soviet Union but now has three NATO allies and two aspiring members on it.

23 Fascinating Photographs Capture Daily Life in Russia Just After the Collapse of the Soviet Union

These fascinating color photos were made by a French photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who visited Russia right after the collapse of the USSR. For most Russians these shots will cause nostalgic feelings. The photos show the Russian...Show More Summary

Donald Trump: Making America Great or Keeping America Poor?

Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regime’s loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trump’s America writes Ian McAuley. The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin. Its [...]Show More Summary

Monday Linkage

Start off your President’s Day with some links… Stalin as Reviewer #2, or how the Soviet Union struggled in certain scientific areas, while doing well in others. China’s intellectual property law progress.  Very interesting series on how James Madison understood the warmaking powers of the Federal government… Russian Air Force procurement plans. I’m paying close […]

The Copycat Cars of the USSR: 10 Famous Soviet Cars 'Driven' by Western Ideas

Industry loomed large in the race for influence between the West and the Soviet Union, symbolizing power and the ability to create, innovate, and carry the world into the future. But while the Soviets held their own and in some cases...Show More Summary

A lost composer of the Soviet Union

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Some 15 years ago I was asked by one of the London orchestras to curate a series titled Other Russia, looking at the composers who fell or were pushed off the wayside under the Soviet Union. We were going to focus on the likes of Karamanov, Kancheli, Knaifel, […]

Nagorno Karabakh: The silent war next door

Nagorno-Karabakh has been in dispute since the 1991 Soviet Union collapse with tens of thousands killed in fighting.

Russia and China Could Soon Become More Powerful Than the U.S. And Valentine’s Day Is to Blame

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

On February 14, 1950, the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union signed the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance.

Where Were You When Oddvar Bra Broke His Pole?

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

In 1982 the Norwegian cross-country skier Oddvar Bra collided with a skier from the Soviet Union. Somehow, a national myth was born.

RedState’s Water Cooler – February 11, 2018 – Open Thread – “Buster, In More Ways Than One”

Today the RedState Department of History goes to its sports wing to mark the anniversary of one of the greatest upsets in history. No, it’s not the American hockey team’s shock win over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, but an upset of nearly equal proportions. Show More Summary

History Doesn’t Take Sides

The “wrong side of history” is a phrase, wrote Robert Conquest, the great historian of the Soviet Union (and much, much more besides), with a “Marxist twang” about it. Put less politely, it is nonsense. History doesn’t take sides.  In...Show More Summary

MICHAEL WALSH: Who Loves a Parade? “We don’t want to be the Soviet Union. But neither do we want …

MICHAEL WALSH: Who Loves a Parade? “We don’t want to be the Soviet Union. But neither do we want to be France.”

Remember when? Team USA defeats the Soviet Union for the 'Miracle on Ice'

A team full of amateur players defeated the Soviet Union in one of the greatest upsets in sports history.        

Russia's Su-25: Moscow's 'A-10' Is a Virtual 'Flying Tank'

Sebastien Roblin Security, You don't want to mess with this plane.  With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Su-25s were passed onto the air services of all the Soviet successor states. Those that didn’t use Su-25s in local wars—onShow More Summary

Donald Trump’s Very Soviet Fixation on Applause

Masha Gessen writes about how President Trump’s fixation with applause reminds her of one element of the former Soviet Union.

16 Coolest, Weirdest and Fastest Racing and Concept Cars Built in the USSR

The automotive industry in the Soviet Union spanned the history of the state from 1929 to 1991. It started with the establishment of large car manufacturing plants and reorganisation of the AMO Factory in Moscow in the late 1920s–early 1930s, during the first five-year plan, and continued until the Soviet Union’s dissolution in 1991. Show More Summary

Effects of climate change can complicate the politics of military bases, study finds

Greenland's vast ice sheet has long been home to Project Iceworm, an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. Army initiative designed to deploy ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads against the Soviet Union. When the project was shuttered in 1967, military planners expected that any materials left on site would be safely frozen in ice and snow in perpetuity.

If Russia Went to War Against NATO It Might Lose For One Simple Reason

To wage such a war, the Soviet Union relied on a total mobilization of its society and economy. To treat such enormous numbers of wounded, the job fell to the USSR’s centralized health care system. A similar trend occurred in the United...Show More Summary

Mysterious New Bee Species Found at Russian Arctic Nuke Site

There are bees living far above the Arctic Circle! Who knew? If that’s not strange enough, they’re living and thriving on a nearly-deserted archipelago that the former Soviet Union used for decades to test nuclear weapons. Is there a connection? Scientists have recently determined these bees are a separate species from all other bees. Can... Read more »

Vladimir Putin marks Russia’s bloodiest battle, Stalingrad

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

As the Nazi blitzkreig pushed deep into the Soviet Union during the summer of 1942, Joseph Stalin ordered that in Stalingrad—the city that bore his name—the Red Army would end its retreat and mount a resistance that could sway the fate of both armies.... The post Vladimir Putin marks...

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