Blog Conversations

Russian History Blog periodically hosts “blog conversations,” in which one of our bloggers invites a group of guest blogger specialists to an interactive conversation about a particular topic or publication. The blog conversations provide several advantages over the typical academic journal book review. First, they allow for real-time interaction among the participants and include the blog readership in the conversation through comments and questions on the various postings from the guest bloggers.  Second, the blog conversations allow a more timely discussion of new books than the academic journal publication process, while also being more open to revisiting older historical monographs and other forms of historical publication. Third, the blog conversations are open access, furthering one of the main goals of Russian History Blog–bringing academic history out from behind the pay wall. The format is not fundamentally new, of course. Other conversations like Crooked Timber’s “seminars” and H-Diplo’s roundtables showed the way, but we at Russian History Blog hope here for something less formal and more fluid than those precedents.

For previous blog conversations, choose from the links below:

Barnes, Steven A., Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society, Princeton University Press, 2011.

Harris, Steven E., Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life under Stalin, Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Lohr, Eric, Russian Citizenship: From Russia to Soviet Union, Harvard University Press, 2012.

Mochulsky, Fyodor Vasilevich, Gulag Boss: A Memoir, Deborah Kaple, ed. and trans., Oxford University Press, 2010.

Plamper, Jan, The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power, Yale University Press, 2012.

Raleigh, Donald, Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia’s Cold War Generation, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Russian Space History: A blog conversation on the intersections of Russian and Soviet space history and Russian and Soviet culture.

3 Responses to Blog Conversations

  1. Andrzej Mickiewicz says:

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask my question, but I’m looking for certain piece of information that might be hidden in NKVD archives. It is regarding operation “Whiskey” – dropping two Russian spies in a Austria (more details: http://www.tempsford.20m.com/v9976.html). One of the people mentined there, Ryszard Zygmuntowicz (pilot) was my grandfather’s brother. All the information we have access to is from British archives and I’m trying to find out what was the true aim of this operation meaning that I’m loking for information as to who two agents were going to meet and what they were going to be involved in.

    Best Regards
    Andrzej Mickiewicz

  2. Andrzej Mickiewicz says:

    I’m also trying to find out about Stalin’s attempts to establish net of spies and possibly communist partisan groups in western Europe, notably Austria.

    Best Regards
    Andrzej Mickiewicz

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