Category Archives: Essays

A Miamian in Piter, Thanks to the Gilman Fellowship

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By Nicholas Rackers Like most Americans, I’m descended from immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life. Most Americans are able to live their lives without thinking much of their heritage, but from a young age … Continue reading

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Blasting Open the Continuum of History: Why Study the Russian Revolution?

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ROSTA Window by Vladimir Mayakovsky By Erica Edwards Revolutions, as a concept, seize the human attention. A revolution is often laden with the regalia of palace intrigue, the impudence of popular protest, and are immortalized as paragons of heroism. La … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Three 2016 Documentaries about Boris Nemtsov

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By Justin Wilmes, East Carolina University “Nemtsov’s murder was the final chord in the period of building a democratic society in Russia, which was born in 1991 during the putsch, and to which all of our hopes were tied. It … Continue reading

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Winter Term in Tallinn

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By Heidi Hetterscheidt The author’s Russian class at the Winter School International night This past J-term, I had a wonderful opportunity to improve my Russian language skills by attending the Tallinn Winter School program.  While I was apprehensive at first … Continue reading

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REVOLUTIONARY SOURCES, PART I: PROPAGANDA. “The Peasant Woman and the Transformation of Soviet Propaganda: 1917-1930.”

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By Ben Cushing Note:  this is the ninth of several articles posted to The New Contemporary that feature writing from this Fall’s Havighurst Colloquium, “Russia in War and Revolution.”  Each student in the class had to select an object from the Andre … Continue reading

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REVOLUTIONARY SOURCES, PART V: PORTRAITS. “Annenkov’s Meyerhold.”

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By Leigh Winstead Note:  this is the eighth of several articles posted to The New Contemporary that feature writing from this Fall’s Havighurst Colloquium, “Russia in War and Revolution.”  Each student in the class had to select an object from the Andre … Continue reading

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