The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Because if Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Persians, and the British couldn’t do it, we obviously can

On 27 December 1979, members of a Soviet airborne brigade were airlifted into Kabul, Afghanistan to overthrow the Afghan government and install a sympathetic regime, thus making the same mistake as several great empires had made before them. Within hours of the initial troop deployment, Soviet forces had overwhelmed the Afghan presidential guard and capturedContinue reading “The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Because if Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Persians, and the British couldn’t do it, we obviously can”

The Enemy of My Enemy: Partisans on the Soviet Frontier (1941-1945)

The Second World War saw partisan movements in nearly every conflict zone and occupied territory in the world, and the Eastern Front was no exception. Concentrated in occupied Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine, underground resistance movements were organized to disrupt and defeat the German eastern advance. In some cases, these same partisan groupsContinue reading “The Enemy of My Enemy: Partisans on the Soviet Frontier (1941-1945)”

Fighting Capitalism with Capitalism: NEP and Russian Youth

The image above is a poster titled “6,000,000 Children Not Served By Schools” (1923). The poster warns that homeless children will resort to crime and begging if they are not helped. The New Economic Policy (NEP) was introduced in the Tenth Party Congress in March 1921 as a means to reinvigorate the Russian economy followingContinue reading “Fighting Capitalism with Capitalism: NEP and Russian Youth”

The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)

The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) The image you see above is titled “Village of Saatli. Mugan Steppe” taken in 1905 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. During his travels throughout the Russian Empire, Gorskii traveled to the Caucasus region in 1904-1905 to photograph the many settlements established by various Russian subjects. The village of Saatli,Continue reading “The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)”

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