Category Archives: Essays

Gabba Gabba Hoosier, Rocket to Richmond: Soviet Citizens in Indiana

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Two Richmond Pal-Item headlines from 1989. By Evan Ash This is the third in the “Pulling Back The Iron Curtain” series of blog posts from Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies that document and offer reflection on … Continue reading

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It’s Elementary, Tovarishch: Richmond Youngsters in Russia

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Article from 1989 in the Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN) By Evan R. Ash This is the second in the “Pulling Back The Iron Curtain” series of blog posts from Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies that document and offer reflection … Continue reading

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Pulling Back the Iron Curtain: Re-examining Richmond and Serpukhov

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Panorama of 19th Century Serpukhov.  Source:  Wikimedia Commons. By Evan Ash This is the first in a series of blog posts from Miami University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies that document and offer reflection on Richmond, Indiana’s Sister … Continue reading

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Estonia’s Beauty at 100

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By Emily Erdmann Every souvenir shop proudly displays the 100 logo in their window, and even the local chocolate brand, Kalev, has put a new batch in circulation just for the occasion. So, I met a guy in a bar … Continue reading

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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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