Monthly Archives: January 2016

On Hungary, Gorbachev, Fence Demolitions, Wet Kisses, and Collapsing Empires

Historians often say that at least twenty years must pass before people can begin to grasp the true significance of an event. The passage of time dampens the passions, permits a more objective view, reveals new documents, and provides some … Continue reading

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Ivanovo: A Modest Proposal

The fire in 1839 was hugely destructive, and after it the peasants and industrialists of Ivanovo were faced with a major task of rebuilding. One group, the industrialists, also saw this fire and the task of rebuilding as a possible … Continue reading

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Ivanovo: Fire

One of the first things I did when I started archival research back in the mid 1990s was look at the annual reports sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs by provincial governors in┬áthe 1830s and 1840s. I was reading … Continue reading

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