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On This Day
January 24, 2016

On This Day

By Paul E. Richardson

Quite often, I am intrigued by the juxtaposition of events that show up in our "On This Day" listings. It is almost as if there were a thin thread across time, linking things together that one might never expect.

Pyrrhic Defeat
January 01, 2016

Pyrrhic Defeat

By Tamara Eidelman

The Congress of Paris in 1856 settled the outcome of the Crimean War, where Russia's loss set the stage for the next fifty years of history.

Russia's First Photojournalist
January 01, 2016

Russia's First Photojournalist

By Nadezhda Grebennikova

One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, Russia’s first photojournalist was born... ?as a serf. How he overcame his difficult youth is a great story. How he turned photography into a tool for social change is an even better one.

5 Reasons Silver is Precious
December 17, 2015

5 Reasons Silver is Precious

By Alice E.M. Underwood

As a metal, Silver means second place; as a period of poetic production in Russia, the Silver Age is unparalleled. The years 1890-1925 (give or take) stand out for the explosion of poetic voices, forms, and innovations. With help from the recently published Russian Silver Age Poetry, we explore what sets that period apart.

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