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Stakhanovite Shopping

Even the retail sector became part of the second Five Year Plan imposed on the Soviet Union by Stalin.  

All By Myself

Solitude was treated with suspicion in the Middle Ages. For most people it has only been a possibility in recent times.

The Politics of Pancakes

In England, Shrove Tuesday has not just symbolised feasting, fasting and family, but riot and rebellion, too.