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Helen Rappaport: Caught up in the History of the Russian Revolution

Helen Rappaport

by Helen Rappaport It began many years ago – around twenty, if I recall correctly, when I visited a dusty and cluttered second-hand book shop in Burford in the Cotswolds. ‘Have you got any old books about Russia?’, I asked,

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Posted in Modern History

After Yeltsin: A Historic Change in Russian Attitudes toward Americans

By Lisa Dickey The first time I traveled across Russia, in the fall of 1995, most people I met seemed to love Americans. The Soviet Union had collapsed four years earlier, leading to an abrupt thaw in the Cold War.

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Posted in Contemporary History

Jews Under Russian Rule

Jews Under Russian Rule

by Vanora Bennett Jews Under Russian Rule One of the things that struck me most about Russia in the 1990s, when I was working in Moscow, was how quickly people’s fear of the unknown turned into violent suspicions of other

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Posted in Modern History

Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall, and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

Shocking Paris-street scene in the Jewish Quarter of Paris

by Stanley Meisler The mass migrations of European peoples to this country in the late 19th and 20th centuries have become such clichéd events in American history that we often forget that the United States was not the only refuge

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

The Lost Lives of the Romanov Sisters

Tsar and Anastasia smoking

By Helen Rappaport What more is there possibly to know, you may ask, about the Romanov sisters—beyond the familiar image of four pretty girls in white dresses and big picture hats? It’s a perennial question, and one to which the

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Posted in Modern History
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