This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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18 February 2015

Ukraine v. Russia

Since I usually check out the yahoo homepage a couple of times a day, it has been interesting to note recently how many news items there have been about the conflict in the eastern region of Ukraine. Daily, there are links to stories from all sorts of different news sites, some more reliable, than others, and what I find especially paradoxical about this is that while there is all this coverage, there is very little interest in the conflict from the American public, and there has been no real effort on the part of the US government, NATO or the European Union to get physically involved with support for the Ukraine government.

11 February 2015

Cohen v ASEEES

Read the New York Times account of the controversy between S. Cohen and the Slavic society over funding an award. S. Cohen's rogue views in support of Russian aggression vis-a-vis Crimea and Ukraine have made him almost persona non grata in the academic community.
ps.  I continue to think of the ASEEES by its old initials AAASS

04 February 2015

Newest Edition of The Russian Review

Yes, I know, everyone has been anxiously awaiting volume 74, no. 1 (January 2015) of The Russian Review.  This scholarly journal has been around a long time now, and this issue has a set of four articles on the theme of "Foreign-Language Use in Russia during the Long Eighteenth Century." I found nothing of interest there, except for the fact that most of the articles have more space devoted to footnotes than to narrative text.  The other three articles in the issue are not much better.  I'll check out the book reviews in a later post.