Jump to Navigation

Russia

The Editor's Choice below is free to read, but any article marked with the lock symbol requires access to our online archive

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Vladimir Batyuk describes how the Gorbachev reforms, and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union, changed Moscow’s view of the world.

As wealthy Russians continue to take up residence in London’s smartest districts, Helen Szamuely reflects on the contributions to Anglo-Russian relations of those diplomats who paved the way from the 18th century onwards.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Britain and Russia came close to blows over Crimea in the 18th century.

Volume: 64 Issue: 8 2014

The legacy of the Crimean War still resonates in Ukraine, as Hugh Small explains.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

It is the issue of Russian identity, rather than strategic or economic importance, that lies at the heart of the Crimean crisis, argues Alexander Lee

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

The turmoil in Ukraine has a strong religious dimension. Catherine Wanner asks if a common Christian heritage may yet help maintain relations with its Russian neighbour.

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

Roger Moorhouse tells the story of the Lützow, a partly built German cruiser delivered to the Soviet Union in 1940 and renamed the Petropavlovsk, following the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

Roger Hudson looks at an episode that inspired one of the greatest films ever made.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The collapse of the USSR after 1989 opened up Russia’s Arctic region to a degree of scrutiny previously denied historians. Katherine Harrison and Matthew Hughes examine the Soviet approach to nuclear testing.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

The year 1913 marked a resurgence for the Russian empire as the Romanov dynasty celebrated its 300th anniversary and the economy boomed. Had it not been for the First World War the country’s fortunes might have taken a very different turn, says Charles Emmerson.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Trade was the impetus for early contacts between Russia and England, though each country had its own view of how the relationship should function. Helen Szamuely examines the first two centuries of Russian embassies to London.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The great Russian dynasty was founded on July 22nd, 1613.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

Roger Hudson expands on an image of Russian ships destroyed by the Japanese at Port Arthur, 1904.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Ivan became Grand Prince on March 27th 1462, following the death of his father.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

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

Helen Szamuely explores the unprecedented success of a household manual and cookery book produced by a Russian housewife, Yelena Molokhovets, following the Emancipation of the Serfs in 1861.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Greg Carleton explains how disastrous defeats for the Soviet Union and the US in 1941 were transformed into positive national narratives by the two emerging superpowers.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers Ivan Pavlov who died on February 27th, 1936. Pavlov won the Nobel Prize for physiology in 1904.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

On a research trip to Moscow in the late 1990s, Deborah Kaple was given a package of papers by a former Gulag official who believed its contents would be of great interest to a western audience.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

The Russian prime minister was shot during festivities to mark the centenary of the liberation of Russia's serfs on September 14th, 1911.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

Roger Moorhouse revisits a perceptive article by John Erickson on the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, first published in History Today in 2001, its insights born of a brief period of Russian openness.

Volume: 61 Issue: 3 2011

The death of Stalin in 1953 marked a shift in the Soviet Union. Robert Hornsby discusses the underground groups that mushroomed in the aftermath and how the state responded to them.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

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

Issue: 69 2011

Chris Corin elucidates important documents relating to the power struggle after Lenin's death.

2011 2011

The great Russian author drew inspiration from the countryside and explored the practical and spiritual impact of trees on people, as well as on the environment and climate, Roland Quinault writes.

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Mark Bryant admires a Russian artist whose lampoons of Napoleon inspired some notable British caricaturists.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

Almost everything written about and by Kim Philby is wrong, claims Boris Volodarsky. The Soviet spy and his KGB masters sought to exaggerate his successes against the West, beginning with the fictions that surround Philby’s first mission during the Spanish Civil War.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

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

Issue: 67 2010

The philosophical writings of the author of War and Peace inspired followers from Moscow to Croydon and led to the creation of a Christian anarchist reform movement. Charlotte Alston examines the activities and influence of Tolstoy’s disciples.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 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

About Us | Contact Us | Advertising | Subscriptions | Newsletter | RSS Feeds | Ebooks | Podcast | Submitting an Article
Copyright 2012 History Today Ltd. All rights reserved.