Yuri Slezkine’s new book claims that Bolshevism, and ultimately the Soviet Union, collapsed for three basic reasons: ideology, art, and nationalism.Read More
When they first came to power, the Bolsheviks embraced the potential of Russian science and technology. But when the tide of politics shifted in 1929, a rich and vibrant scientific community would soon face oppression on a vast scale.Read More
What did the new 1936 constitution really mean for life in the Soviet Union when the country was, at that very moment, descending into the savage political persecution of Stalin’s Great Purge?Read More
On May 1, 1990, thousands of Soviet citizens declared, on live television and in the hearing of the entire world, that the General Secretary had no clothes.Read More
Hoover Institution scholar Paul Gregory gives the bulk of Stalin’s survivors their due by preserving the stories of five Soviet women—Fekla, Maria, Adile, Agnessa, and Evgenia—whose memories span dekulakization, the Great Terror, and post-Stalin rehabilitation. Each of these women came from different social classes and regions, but none of them escaped persecution under the Stalin regime.Read More
The canonical view of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, promulgated by Soviet history books and not a few Western fellow travelers, argues that it represented an inevitable, epochal movement of the masses, led by the Bolshevik Party with the full backing of the people.
The truth was otherwise.Read More