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Brian Dooley assesses the incident which brought the world perilously close to nuclear war.

Recent episodes in Russia paint a disturbing picture in which the Little Father’s actions and legacy are undergoing rehabilitation, says Emily Whitaker.

Volume: 62 Issue: 9 2012

Roger Hudson reveals a big splash: Chairman Mao photographed attempting to swim the River Yangtze in July 1966.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

Alex von Tunzelmann reassesses a two-part article on the troubled relationship between the United States and Cuba, published in History Today 50 years ago in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Russel Tarr compares and contrasts the rise to power of two Communist leaders.

Issue: 69 2011

Robert Service reconsiders Norman Pereira's revisionist account of Stalin's pursuit of power in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, first published in History Today in 1992.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

After he was formally condemned to death in Moscow, the Mexican government offered Trotsky refuge and protection, on December 6th 1936.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Frank Dikötter looks at how historians’ understanding of China has changed in recent years with the gradual opening of party archives that reveal the full horror of the Maoist era.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

In 1959 Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba after a masterly campaign of guerrilla warfare. Drawing on this success, Castro and his followers, including Che Guevara, sought to spread their revolution, as Clive Foss explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 3 2010

Richard Cavendish commemorates the traumatic but ultimately victorious march of Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

John Etty shows the vital importance of aviation in the Stalinist Soviet Union.

Issue: 67 2010

Stella Rock sees a renaissance of religious traditions at what was one of Russia’s most vibrant monasteries before the Soviet purge.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Catherine Merridale examines competing versions of Russia's troubled past in the light of present politics.

Volume: 59 Issue 9 2009

Ian D. Thatcher defends the record of Josef Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, and sees him as a forerunner of Gorbachev.

Issue: 63 2009

The Mongolian past has been drawn by both sides into twentieth-century disputes between Russia and China, writes J.J. Saunders.


International alarm over the terrorist threat is not new. Anthony Read relates how the appearance of Bolshevism created a state of near hysteria throughout the Western world.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

As Fidel Castro finally hands over the reins of power after forty-nine years, Michael Simmons finds his country poised between past and future.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

John Swift examines the events that led the world to the brink of nuclear catastrophe.

Issue: 57 2007

Fifty years after Khrushchev’s famous denunciation of Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, John Etty examines what was at stake.

Issue: 56 2006

Russell Tarr explains how the Bolsheviks established their grip on Russia after the 1917 Revolution, and at what cost.

Issue: 55 2006

The Soviet leader gave his famous speech on 'The Personality Cult and its Consequences' in a closed session on February 25th, 1956.

Volume: 56 Issue: 2 2006

Chris Corin restores two Old Bolsheviks to their rightful places in Soviet History.

Issue: 54 2006

Robert Pearce gives a historian’s-eye view of George Orwell’s classic novel.

Volume: 55 Issue: 8 2005

Ian Thatcher refuses to take Trotsky at his own valuation.

Issue: 52 2005

Vincent Barnett contrasts Marxist idealism with the changing economic reality in the USSR.

Issue: 53 2005

The mutual defence treaty between Communist states was signed on May 14th, 1955.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

John Etty charts the complex, and highly significant, relationship between Lenin and Stalin.

Issue: 49 2004

Vincent Barnett argues that surface differences should not cover up deep-seated similarities.

Issue: 49 2004

Steve Smith shows that those who control the present are sometimes able to control interpretations of the past.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

Geoffrey Roberts assesses Stalin’s changing reputation, 50 years after his death.

Issue: 47 2003

Josip Broz, known as Tito since the 1930s, was elected President of the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia on January 13th, 1953.

Volume: 53 Issue: 1 2003

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