A group for those interested in Soviet and contemporary Russian history and culture.
This essay discusses the cinematic representation of Revolution in Sergei Eisenstein’s film Oktiabr’ / October, a film which had a decisive impact on the revolutionary development of film history and theory. I will explore how Revolution can be re-enacted and shown in the medium of cinema, and how this medium is capable of not only staging his…[Read more]
Ivan Sablin deposited Soviet federalism from below: The Soviet Republics of Odessa and the Russian Far East, 1917–1918 in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
In early 1918, the Bolshevik-dominated Third Congress of Soviets declared the formation of a new composite polity—the Soviet Russian Republic. The congress’s resolutions, however, simultaneously proclaimed a federation of national republics and a federation of soviets. The latter seemed to recognize regionalism and localism as organizing pri…[Read more]
Alvin Toffler and Marshall McLuhan: both are futurologists who theorized about the impact of information exchange on societies. In the late 1960s, Toffler came up with the concept of future shock, while McLuhan “invented” the global village. I dared combining these two concepts into a sort of “theory of everything” to explain political process…[Read more]
Book review. Kate Langdon & Vladimir Tismaneanu “Putin’s Totalitarian Democracy: Ideology, Myth, and Violence in the Twenty-First Century”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Ostap Kushnir deposited Lysiak Rudnytsky’s prescience: Ukraine’s political turbulence and trauma of a “non-historical” nation in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
If we look at the past three decades in the history of Eastern Europe, Ukraine may safely be placed at the top of the chart of “unstable” states. First was the student-led Revolution on Granite in the 1990s. The outcome of that revolution was a resignation of entrenched high-ranked Soviet officials under the pressure of public opinion. Then, if…[Read more]
Book review. Taras Kuzio “Putin’s War against Ukraine: Revolution, nationalism and crime,” CreateSpace Independent, in association with the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto, 2017
Ostap Kushnir deposited Between Survivability and Crime. The Nature of Informal Practices in post-Communist Societies in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 8 months ago
Book review. Abel Polese. “Limits of a Post-Soviet State,” Ibidem-Verlag, 2016. ISBN 978-3-8382-0845-9
Ukraine’s current fight against Russian aggression carries deep historic resonances which we ignore at our peril.
The research: (1) embraces peculiarities of the current EU foreign policy towards Ukraine; (2) enumerates and analyzes documents, agreements and treaties which establish the frameworks for this policy; (3) discovers the impact of human rights issues on shaping and conducting this policy. Based on the criminal trials against opposition leaders, the…[Read more]
Ostap Kushnir deposited Interwar Views on Managing Eastern European Space: Exploring Lypa’s Conceptualisation of the Black Sea Union in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 8 months ago
Few people realise that the idea of establishing a Black Sea Union (BSU) – a regional bloc along the Black Sea littoral – was proposed in the immediate aftermath of WWII. This idea was primarily developed and advocated by Yuriy Lypa, a Ukrainian inter-war political thinker (1900-1944). In his books, Lypa described the dominant cultural, pol…[Read more]
Post-communist Ukraine is in the midst of implementing reforms which it missed for centuries. It gradually evolves into a unique geopolitical entity which, finally, acquires a fair chance to be consistent and self-sufficient. However, if the West takes a neutral stance today – as it frequently happened in history – a “decentralized” Ukraine…[Read more]
The article focuses on the Ukrainian geopolitical presence in the Black Sea littoral tracing its development since the beginning of the twentieth century. An attempt is made to predict the future regional policies of Ukraine taking into account ongoing irreversible processes: the recent Ukrainian democratic revolution, early presidential elections…[Read more]
The article outlines the geopolitical rationale behind contemporary Russian expansionism, as well as presents the asymmetric and “hybrid” mechanisms utilized by the Kremlin to solidify its authority in the post-communist space. To do this, the article refers to the findings of American, British, Polish and Ukrainian intellectuals on the nature of…[Read more]
Adelheid Heftberger deposited Kollision der Kader: Dziga Vertovs Filme, die Visualisierung ihrer Strukturen und die Digital Humanities in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
This book highlights the quantitative methods of data mining and information visualization and explores their use in relation to the films and writings of the Russian director, Dziga Vertov. The theoretical basis of the work harkens back to the time when a group of Russian artists and scholars, known as the “formalists,” developed new concepts of…[Read more]
Ostap Kushnir deposited Russian Geopolitical Advancements in the Black Sea Region: the Annexation of Crimea in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 8 months, 3 weeks ago
The annexation of Crimea is not an ordinary event in contemporary international relations. Since WWII, there has been no precedent in Europe when one state under dubious premises has forcefully annexed a part of another state. This article scrutinizes the Crimean case in the context of the ongoing Ukrainian crisis and uncovers the rationale behind…[Read more]
The article aims to uncover the nature and distinctive features of the contemporary messianic narrations in the Russian public discourse, as well as estimate their impact on the actual policy-making. For this reason, the article scrutinizes the political philosophy of Aleksandr Dugin, Nataliia Narochnitskaia, Egor Kholmogorov, and Vadim…[Read more]
This article traces the attempts by the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries to devolve economic powers to the regions and the ultimate failure of this project, which was a contributing factor to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Gregory Afinogenov deposited Cold War Creatures: Soviet Science and the Problem of the Abominable Snowman in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 8 months ago
Examines the role of the yeti in shaping Cold War popular science networks and relations between official and popular scientific practices in the Soviet Union.
Outlines the restoration of the Russian film classic “Man with a Movie Camera” (USSR, 1929) by Dziga Vertov which was carried out by the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam between 2008 and 2010. The restoration allows contemporary audiences the possibility to once again experience Vertov’s film as the filmmaker originally intended – or at least in a v…[Read more]
Philipp Casula deposited Justificaciones populistas de la guerra? La intervención rusa en el este de Ucrania in the group Soviet and Russian history and culture on Humanities Commons 1 year, 9 months ago
In the context of the war between Ukraine and Russia in the Donbass and the earlier crisis over Crimea, this paper examines four speeches by Vladimir Putin to identify and map populist elements in his discursive and formal strategies of justifying and creating a specific form of conflict. The analysis shows how this populism goes beyond the…[Read more]
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