Online Resources

"Socialism Realized": Life in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989

"Socialism Realized": Life in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989


This learning environment enables you to find and analyse multimedia content about the communist regimes in Europe. Using the Czechoslovak example, we describe the specifics of life in the Eastern bloc. The material here attempts to bring the experiences, thoughts, feelings and problems of people who lived during this era to life. Our aim is to reproduce the complexities and dilemmas of life under communism.

Beauty in Hell: Culture in the Gulag

Andrea Gullotta has written to me that the virtual exhibition “Beauty in Hell: Culture in the Gulag” is now online here.


Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition

The site contains 181 samples of natural village speech, recorded by the authors of the site over the last quarter-century in 68 different Bulgarian villages. Each text is a well-formed chunk of discourse which not only illustrates salient features of the dialect but also conveys valuable information about traditional cultures. 

CEELBAS Language Repository

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) Language Repository is an open-access digital resource for students of the languages of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. It currently covers 13 languages and houses almost 40 different sets of specially-designed language training materials, including materials for several languages where online resources are scarce. Currently the following languages are covered: Bulgarian; Croatian/Serbian; Czech; Estonian; Finnish; Georgian; Hungarian; Polish; Romanian; Russian; Slovak; Ukrainian.



Dostoevskii: Materialy i issledovaniia (Dostoyevsky: Materials and Research), vol. 1-20

The collection of the series “Dostoyevsky: Materials and Research” was conceived as a companion to the academic Complete Collected Works of F.M. Dostoyevsky and will be published in parallel to their publication. The series will include studies dealing with contemporary issues in Dostoyevsky scholarship, letters addressed to the writer, materials and documents addressing various aspects of his biography, commentaries to his works, bibliographic materials and surveys, and articles on the influence of Dostoyevsky on Russian and foreign literature from the late 19th to the 20th century.

Elementary Russian at

At you can find free online courses offered by numerous universities, including a course in Elementary Russian from the University of Saskatchewan. 


Elementary Russian at

Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia; by Rachel Applebaum

The familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe focuses on political repression and military force. But in Empire of Friends Rachel Appelbaum shows how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted a policy of transnational friendship with its Eastern bloc satelites to create a cohesive socialist world. This friendship project resulted in a new type of imperial control based on cross-border contacts between ordinary citizens.


FASTI_online provides a searchable database of archaeological excavations in Southeast Europe since the year 2000. It has excavation reports on sites in Bulgaria, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Albania. Fasti Online is a project of the International Association of Classical Archaeology (AIAC) and the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy of the University of Texas at Austin (CSAI).

Filosofia: An Encyclopedia of Russian Thought

Filosofia: An Encyclopedia of Russian Thought is an online resource for Russian and Soviet philosophy from the period roughly 1950-the present.


This encyclopedia hosts scholarly entries on prominent thinkers and concepts in Russian and Soviet philosophy, with an emphasis on the period from 1950 to the present. Entries are organized by keywords.