Russia and Belarus

GeoHistory: Russian Identity

This month marked the centenary of the October Revolution. Much was written in the Western press about how Russia’s new identity and politics could be seen in how it chose to observe one of the 20th century’s most influential events. This month’s TV News in Russia from GeoHistory.Today looks at how Russian media covered not only the centenary, but also other major factors now forming Russia’s new identity: history, patriotism, Russia’s perceived place in the world, and how it defines the “other” (i.e., America).

Pipeline to Russia: The Alaska-Siberia Air Route in World War II

This comprehensive edition is a reminder to Alaskans and all of mankind of a remarkable chapter in the world's history, when peace-seeking nations united against evil.

 

Old Russia in Modern America: Living Traditions of the Russian Old Believers

Persecution by the Russian tsarist government forced Old Believers into remote and undeveloped areas, where they quietly continued to practice the old rituals, periodically moving when threats of persecution caught up with them again. Several of these groups migrated to the United States in the 1960s, settling in rural areas of Oregon and Alaska. Their obedience to pre-17th century ways places them in conspicuous contrast and often conflict to other residents of their new locations.

Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution

Soviet Daughter provides a window into the life of a rebellious, independent woman coming of age in the USSR, and the impact of her story and her spirit on her American great-granddaughter.

 

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy.

Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder

The Lesson Builder is a digital tool and a supporting community of educators that makes creating and sharing lesson plans around Pulitzer Center reporting easy.

Heart of a Dog

 

In Russian with English subtitles

post: Notes on Modern and Contemporary Art Around the Globe

post is an online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context from The Museum of Modern Art. With a primary focus on modern and contemporary art outside North America and Western Europe, this website features contributions by individuals and institutions from around the world and makes behind-the-scenes research at MoMA available to a broader public.

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy.

Study abroad with American Councils

American Councils offers comprehensive study abroad and internship programs throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Balkans. Programs range from language immersion and area studies to business and international affairs, with opportunities for a semester, a summer, or a year.

 

For more information about Eurasian programs, see: http://www.aceurasiaabroad.org/?action=program

 

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