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Dec 6, 2022 Sheila Fitzpatrick
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Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men and political window dressing. On Stalin’s Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin was a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle and their...
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Dec 5, 2022 Tom Roberts; Paul Carlin
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This film chronicles Stalin's attempt to build 800 miles of railway in the Arctic Circle in the late 1940s and early 1950s to defend the Soviet Union's northern borders. Despite emerging victorious from WWII, the USSR was economically devastated, and such a massive undertaking called for an equally massive work force. Stalin found an inexhaustible supply of workers in the gulag prison system, in which a teenage prank or an argument with a political official could result in a 10-year sentence in...
Topics: video, The Death Train, Stalin, Soviet Union, Soviet Russia, Joseph Stalin, Siberia, Gulag, Varlam...
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Dec 5, 2022 Joshua Rubenstein
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Joshua Rubenstein’s riveting account takes us back to the second half of 1952 when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin’s murderous regime. He was poised to challenge the newly elected U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower with armed force, and was also broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Stalin’s sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. It is no overstatement to say that his passing marked a major turning point in the twentieth...
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Dec 3, 2022 Joshua Rubenstein
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The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee In the spring and summer of 1952, fifteen Soviet Jews, including five prominent Yiddish writers and poets, were secretly tried and convicted; multiple executions soon followed in the basement of Moscow’s Lubyanka prison. The defendants were falsely charged with treason and espionage because of their involvement in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and because of their heartfelt response as Jews to Nazi atrocities on occupied Soviet...
Topics: audio, Joshua Rubenstein, Stalin's Secret Pogrom, 1952, Stalin, Soviet Union, Israel, Jewish...
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Dec 3, 2022 J. Arch Getty
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The Wende Museum and the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies present a lecture by J. Arch Getty, Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of California. Anti-Semitism in the USSR had several often contradictory faces. Well before the Revolutions of 1917, Russia was one of the most anti-Semitic countries in Europe. It was the land of pogroms. In both official policy and popular culture, anti-Semitism was deeply embedded in Tsarist society. But after 1917, the...
Topics: video, J. Arch Getty, Soviet, Antisemitism, Stalin, Stalinism, Soviet Russia, Russian Empire,...
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Dec 2, 2022 Jeffrey Veidlinger
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/jeffrey-veidlinger-in-the-midst-of-civilized-europe-audio The 1918-1921 Pogroms in Ukraine and the Onset of the Holocaust: Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in Ukraine by peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In hundreds of separate incidents, ordinary people robbed their Jewish neighbors with impunity, burned down their houses, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sexually...
Topics: video, Jeffrey Veidlinger, In the Midst of Civilized Europe, First World War, Pogroms, Russian...
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Dec 1, 2022 Jeffrey Veidlinger
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Video: http://archive.org/details/jeffrey-veidlinger-in-the-midst-of-civilized-europe The 1918-1921 Pogroms in Ukraine and the Onset of the Holocaust: Between 1918 and 1921, over a hundred thousand Jews were murdered in Ukraine by peasants, townsmen, and soldiers who blamed the Jews for the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. In hundreds of separate incidents, ordinary people robbed their Jewish neighbors with impunity, burned down their houses, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sexually...
Topics: audio, Jeffrey Veidlinger, In the Midst of Civilized Europe, First World War, Pogroms, Russian...
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Nov 30, 2022 Elissa Bemporad
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/elissa-bemporad-legacy-of-blood-audio Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets Legacy of Blood traces the legacies of the two most extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism pogroms and blood libels in the Soviet Union, from 1917 to the early 1960s. Closely intertwined in history and memory, pogroms and blood libels were and are considered central to the Jewish experience in late Tsarist Russia, the only country on earth with large scale...
Topics: video, Elissa Bemporad, Legacy of Blood, Russian Empire, Russian Civil War, Lenin, Vladimir Lenin,...
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Nov 30, 2022 Elissa Bemporad
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Video: http://archive.org/details/elissa-bemporad-legacy-of-blood Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets Legacy of Blood traces the legacies of the two most extreme manifestations of tsarist antisemitism pogroms and blood libels in the Soviet Union, from 1917 to the early 1960s. Closely intertwined in history and memory, pogroms and blood libels were and are considered central to the Jewish experience in late Tsarist Russia, the only country on earth with large scale...
Topics: audio, Elissa Bemporad, Legacy of Blood, Russian Empire, Russian Civil War, Lenin, Vladimir Lenin,...
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Nov 30, 2022 Brendan McGeever
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When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they announced the overthrow of a world scarred by exploitation and domination. In the very moment of revolution, these sentiments were put to the test as antisemitic pogroms swept the former Pale of Settlement. The pogroms posed fundamental questions of the Bolshevik project, revealing the depth of antisemitism within sections of the working class, peasantry and Red Army. Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution offers the first book-length analysis of...
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Nov 29, 2022 Mark D. Steinberg
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/mark-d-steinberg-russian-utopia-audio Mark D. Steinberg explores the work of individuals he recognizes as utopians during the most dramatic period in Russian and Soviet history. It has long been a cliché to argue that Russian revolutionary movements have been inspired by varieties of 'utopian dreaming'—claims which, although not wrong, are too often used uncritically. For the first time, Russian Utopia digs deeper and asks what utopians meant at the level of...
Topics: video, Mark D. Steinberg, Russian Utopia, Idealism, Materialism, Russian Revolution, Communism,...
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Nov 29, 2022 Mark D. Steinberg
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Video: http://archive.org/details/mark-d-steinberg-russian-utopia Mark D. Steinberg explores the work of individuals he recognizes as utopians during the most dramatic period in Russian and Soviet history. It has long been a cliché to argue that Russian revolutionary movements have been inspired by varieties of 'utopian dreaming'—claims which, although not wrong, are too often used uncritically. For the first time, Russian Utopia digs deeper and asks what utopians meant at the level of...
Topics: audio, Mark D. Steinberg, Russian Utopia, Idealism, Materialism, Russian Revolution, Communism,...
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Nov 5, 2021 Helen Rappaport
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In this international bestseller investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various plots and plans to save them, why they failed, and who was responsible. The murder of the Romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. In Putin's autocratic Russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime, and its anniversary was largely ignored. In stark contrast, the centenary of the massacre of...
Topics: audio, Helen Rappaport, Romanovs, The Race to Save the Romanovs, Tsar Nicholas II, Russian Empire,...
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Oct 26, 2021 Joseph T. Fuhrmann
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Legend portrays Rasputin as the 'Mad Monk' who rampaged through St. Petersburg in an alcoholic haze, making love to scores of women. A symbol of excess and religious extremism, he was believed to hold a mysterious power, emanating from his hypnotic eyes, over Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The fact that he was neither mad nor a monk has not stopped scores of writers from repeating these and other bogus claims. In Rasputin: The Untold Story , Rasputin scholar Joseph T. Fuhrmann shares the...
Topics: audio, Joseph T. Fuhrmann, Grigori Rasputin, Rasputin, Tsar Nicholas II, Romanov, House of Romanov,...
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Oct 24, 2021 Jonathan Martin
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After a disastrous war with Germany, the Bolsheviks imprisoned the Romanov family as their supporters approached. Factory worker guards were replaced by Cheka executioners, and on July 17, 1918, the family were murdered and buried in a nearby wood. For more than 70 years, their whereabouts was unknown, but new material released from Russia now conclusively reveals their fate. Related: http://archive.org/details/helen-rappaport-the-race-to-save-the-romanovs-audio...
Topics: video, WW1, Tsar Nicholas II, The Assassination of Tsar Nicholas II, Romanov, Russian Empire, Yakov...
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Oct 24, 2021 Helen Rappaport
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The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg On 4 July 1918, a new commandant took control of a closely guarded house in the Russian town of Ekaterinburg. His name was Yakov Yurovsky, and his prisoners were the Imperial family: the former Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, and their children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey. Thirteen days later, at Yurovsky's command, and on direct orders from Moscow, the family was gunned down in a blaze of bullets in a basement room. This...
Topics: audio, Helen Rappaport, Romanovs, The Last Days of the Romanovs, Yakov Yurovsky, Peter Ermakov,...
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Oct 24, 2021 Robert K. Massie
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/robert-k-massie-romanovs-the-final-chapter-audio The compelling quest to solve a great mystery of the twentieth century: the ultimate fate of Russia's last tsar and his family. In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. Were these the bones of the Romanov's? If so, why were the bones of the two...
Topics: video, Robert K. Massie, Romanovs, The Final Chapter, The Romanovs, Nicholas II, Tsar Nicholas II,...
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Oct 24, 2021 Robert K. Massie
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Video: http://archive.org/details/robert-k-massie-romanovs-the-final-chapter The compelling quest to solve a great mystery of the twentieth century: the ultimate fate of Russia's last tsar and his family. In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. Were these the bones of the Romanov's? If so, why were the bones of the two younger...
Topics: audio, Robert K. Massie, Romanovs, The Final Chapter, The Romanovs, Nicholas II, Tsar Nicholas II,...
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Oct 21, 2021 Paul Le Blanc
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Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy, 1917-1924 A panoramic account of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its aftermath—animated by the lives, ideas and experiences of workers, peasants, intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries of diverse persuasions— October Song vividly narrates the triumphs of those who struggled for a new society and created a revolutionary workers state. Yet despite profoundly democratic and humanistic aspirations, the revolution is eventually defeated by violence...
Topics: audio, Paul Le Blanc, October Song, Russian Revolution, Bolshevism, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky,...
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Oct 20, 2021 Paul Le Blanc
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There are few more divisive names in history than the Soviet communist Leon Trotsky. To some, he was a betrayer, a hypocrite, and a totalitarian, and yet to many others he was a revolutionary of high esteem, who battled an outdated, oppressive dynasty and helped to usher in a new political era, and whose name became a political moniker: Trotskyist. Whether colored by disdain or admiration, one thing is certain: Trotsky was one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Paul Le...
Topics: audio, Paul Le Blanc, Leon Trotsky, Trotsky, 1879-1940, Lev Bronstein, Aleksandra Sokolovskaya,...
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Oct 19, 2021 Faith Hillis
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/faith-hillis-utopias-discontents-audio Russian Émigrés and the Quest for Freedom, 1830s-1930s In April 1917, Lenin arrived at Petrograd's Finland Station and set foot on Russian soil for the first time in over a decade. For most of the past seventeen years, the Bolshevik leader had lived in exile, moving between Europe's many "Russian colonies"—large and politically active communities of émigrés in London, Paris, and Geneva, among other cities....
Topics: video, Faith Hillis, Utopia's Discontents, Russian Exiles, Revolutionary Russia, Russian Empire,...
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Oct 18, 2021 Faith Hillis
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Video: http://archive.org/details/faith-hillis-utopias-discontents Russian Émigrés and the Quest for Freedom, 1830s-1930s In April 1917, Lenin arrived at Petrograd's Finland Station and set foot on Russian soil for the first time in over a decade. For most of the past seventeen years, the Bolshevik leader had lived in exile, moving between Europe's many "Russian colonies"—large and politically active communities of émigrés in London, Paris, and Geneva, among other cities....
Topics: audio, Faith Hillis, Utopia's Discontents, Russian Exiles, Revolutionary Russia, Russian Empire,...
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Oct 8, 2021 Erik R. Scott
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The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire A small, non-Slavic nation located far from the Soviet capital, Georgia was more closely linked with the Ottoman and Persian empires than with Russia for most of its history. One of over one hundred officially classified Soviet nationalities, Georgians represented less than 2% of the Soviet population, yet they constituted an extraordinarily successful and powerful minority. Familiar Strangers aims to explain how Georgians gained...
Topics: audio, Erik R. Scott, Familiar Strangers, Soviet Union, Imperial Russia, Russian Empire, Diaspora,...
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Oct 6, 2021 Eric Lee
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Georgia's Forgotten Revolution, 1918-1921 For many, the Russian Revolution of 1917 was a symbol of hope. In the eyes of its critics, however, Soviet authoritarianism and the horrors of the gulags have led to the revolution becoming synonymous with oppression, threatening to forever taint the very idea of socialism. The experience of Georgia, which declared its independence from Russia in 1918, tells a different story. In this riveting history, Eric Lee explores the little-known saga of the...
Topics: audio, Eric Lee, The Experiment, Georgia's Forgotten Revolution, Georgian, Georgian Democratic...
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Sep 12, 2021 Ronald G. Suny
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/ronald-suny-stalin-passage-to-revolution-audio A spellbinding new biography of Stalin in his formative years. This is the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin from his birth to the October Revolution of 1917, a panoramic and often chilling account of how an impoverished, idealistic youth from the provinces of tsarist Russia was transformed into a cunning and fearsome outlaw who would one day become one of the twentieth century's most ruthless dictators. In...
Topics: video, Ronald G. Suny, Stalin, Passage to Revolution, Stalin, Joseph Stalin, Lenin, Vladimir Lenin,...
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Sep 12, 2021 Ronald G. Suny
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Video: http://archive.org/details/ronald-suny-stalin-passage-to-revolution A spellbinding new biography of Stalin in his formative years. This is the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin from his birth to the October Revolution of 1917, a panoramic and often chilling account of how an impoverished, idealistic youth from the provinces of tsarist Russia was transformed into a cunning and fearsome outlaw who would one day become one of the twentieth century's most ruthless dictators. In this...
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Sep 9, 2021 Magda Teter
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A landmark history of the antisemitic blood libel myth—how it took root in Europe, spread with the invention of the printing press, and persists today. Accusations that Jews ritually killed Christian children emerged in the mid-twelfth century, following the death of twelve-year-old William of Norwich, England, in 1144. Later, continental Europeans added a destructive twist: Jews murdered Christian children to use their blood. While charges that Jews poisoned wells and desecrated the...
Topics: audio, Magda Teter, Blood Libel, Medieval Europe, 1144, Middle Ages, William of Norwich, Thomas of...
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Sep 6, 2021 Edmund Levin
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Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel A Jewish brick factory clerk is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy for his blood to make Passover matzo—the age-old blood libel. His trial in 1913 becomes an international cause célèbre. On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a thirty-seven-year-old father of five who...
Topics: audio, Edmund Levin, A Child of Christian Blood, 1911, Andrei Yushchinsky, Nikolai Krasovsky, Vera...
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Sep 2, 2021 Steven J. Zipperstein
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Kishinev’s 1903 pogrom was the first instance in Russian Jewish life where an event received international attention. The riot, leaving 49 dead in an obscure border town, dominated headlines in the western world for weeks. It intruded on Russian-American relations and inspired endeavors as widely contradictory as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion...
Topics: audio, Steven J. Zipperstein, Pogrom, Pavel Krushevan, Pogrom, Kishinev and the Tilt of History,...
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Part 3: Parts 1-2: http://archive.org/details/revolution-a-trap-for-russia-1-3 http://archive.org/details/revolution-a-trap-for-russia-2-3 Related: http://archive.org/details/bertrand-patenaude-on-alexander-kerensky-audio http://archive.org/details/catherine-merridale-lenin-on-the-train-audio http://archive.org/details/ken-ackerman-trotsky-in-new-york-1917-audio
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Aug 31, 2021 Jean-Pierre Arrignon; Valentin Katasonov; Valery Shambarov; Viktor Kozodoy;
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Part 2: Documentary on the interrevolutionary decade of 1906-1916. Contains commentaries with historians Andrey Serkov, Boris Mironov, Lars Westerlud, Lidiya Spiridonova, Frank Drauschke, Natalya Narochnitskaya, Irina Novikova, Olga Pavlenko, Sergey Dmitriev, Sergey Listikov, Nicolas Tandler, Sviatoslav Tkachenko, Svyatoslav Rybas, Viktor Kozodoy, Jean-Pierre Arrignon, Richard B. Spence, Valentin Katasonov, Valery Shambarov. Parts 1 and 3:...
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Aug 30, 2021 Chiharu Inaba; David S. Foglesong; Lars Westerlund; Richard B. Spence; Vladimir Vasilik;
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Part 1: Documentary on Jacob H. Schiff's motives for financing the Japanese during their Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05—the influence of the 1903 Kishinev pogrom which had been initiated by Pavel Krushevan, first publisher and author or co-author of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (1903). Includes the Japanese financing of anti-Tsarist revolutionary movements in Russia and Finland to the 1905 Russian Revolution. Parts 2 and 3: http://archive.org/details/revolution-a-trap-for-russia-2-3...
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Aug 29, 2021 Richard B. Spence
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Wall Street and the Russian Revolution, 1905-1925 will give readers critical insight into what might be called the “secret history of the 20th century.” The Russian Revolution, like the war in which it was born, represents the real beginning of the modern world. This book will look not just at the sweep of events, but probe the economic, ideological and personal motivations of the key figures involved, revealing heretofore unknown or misunderstood connections. Was Trotsky, for instance, a...
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Aug 26, 2021 Jonathan Schneer
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Love, Betrayal, Assassination and Counter-Revolution in Lenin's Russia: During the spring and summer of 1918, with World War I still undecided, British, French and American agents in Russia developed a breathtakingly audacious plan. Led by Robert Hamilton Bruce Lockhart, a dashing, cynical, urbane 30-year-old Scot, they conspired to overthrow Lenin's newly established Bolshevik regime, and to install one that would continue the war against Germany on the Eastern Front. Lockhart's confidante and...
Topics: audio, Jonathan Schneer, The Lockhart Plot, 1918, Lenin, Vladimir Lenin, First World War, World War...
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Aug 21, 2021 Andrey Sakharov; Elvira Conceiro; Oleg Budnitsky; Vsevolod Volkov;
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Documentary on Stalin's banishment of Leon Trotsky (November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940) from the USSR in 1929, his unsuccessful exile in Western Europe to Mexico. Stalin's purge from the Moscow Trials and infamous Great Terror, to the murder of Trotsky's children and his assassination on August 20, 1940. Contains commentaries with historians Andrey Sakharov, Oleg Budnitsky, Nikita Petrov and Elvira Concheiro, also included is Leon Trotsky's grandson, Vsevolod “Seva” Volkov. Related:...
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Aug 21, 2021 Bertrand M. Patenaude
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In Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary , Stanford University lecturer Bertrand M. Patenaude tells the dramatic story of Leon Trotsky's final years in exile in Mexico. Shedding new light on Trotsky’s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera, his affair with Rivera’s wife Frida Kahlo, and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary brilliantly illuminates the fateful and dramatic life of one of history’s most famous...
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Aug 17, 2021 Kenneth D. Ackerman
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Trotsky in New York, 1917; A Radical on the Eve of Revolution: Lev Davidovich Bronstein—Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co–leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the Twentieth Century, a global icon of radical change. Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow...
Topics: audio, Ken Ackerman, Trotsky In New York 1917, USSR, Leon Trotsky, Trotsky, Lev Bronstein, Russian...
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Aug 16, 2021 Jonathan Martin
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Documentary on the assassination of Leon Trotsky (November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940). Related: http://archive.org/details/to-kill-trotsky http://archive.org/details/bertrand-patenaude-trotsky-downfall-audio
Topics: video, Leon Trotsky, The Assassination of Leon Trotsky, Trotsky, Natalia Sedova, Lev Bronstein,...
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Aug 15, 2021 Jonathan Martin
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Documentary on the history of Russian intelligence in the early 20th century. Related: http://archive.org/details/faith-hillis-utopias-discontents
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Aug 14, 2021 Ronald G. Suny, Valerie A. Kivelson
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Russia's Empires explores the long history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the present Russian Federation through the lens of empire, analyzing how and why Russia expanded to become the largest country on the globe and how it repeatedly fell under the sway of strong, authoritarian leaders. Authors Valerie A. Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Suny examine how imperial practices shaped choices and limited alternatives. Using the concept of empire, they look at the ways in which ordinary people imagined...
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Aug 4, 2021 Stephen F. Williams
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How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution: Besides absolutists of the right (the tsar and his adherents) and left (Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks), the Russian political landscape in 1917 featured moderates seeking liberal reform and a rapid evolution towards a constitutional monarchy. Vasily Maklakov, a lawyer, legislator and public intellectual, was among the most prominent of these, and the most articulate and sophisticated advocate of the rule of law, the linchpin of...
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Apr 4, 2021 Harvard University; Richard Pipes; Adam Ulam; E.H. Carr; George F. Kennan;
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—8 original recordings used for the 1968 transcripts, edited by Richard Pipes. 14 recordings remain unavailable. In April 1967, on the fiftieth anniversary year of the Russian Revolution, a group of scholars assembled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to discuss its events and their significance. In planning the meeting, no effort was made to achieve either comprehensiveness of treatment or a consensus of opinion. The invited participants were left virtually free to choose their subjects and, of...
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Mar 30, 2021 Mary Gabriel
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Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution: Drawing upon previously unpublished material, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel tells the story of Karl and Jenny Marx's marriage. Through it, we see Karl as never before: a devoted father and husband, a prankster who loved a party, a dreadful procrastinator, freeloader, and man of wild enthusiasms—one of which would almost destroy his marriage. Through years of desperate struggle, Jenny's love for Karl would be tested again and again as she...
Topics: audio, Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital, Karl Marx, Marx, Jenny Marx, Jenny von Westphalen, Friedrich...
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Mar 29, 2021 Jonathan Sperber
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In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, "likely to be definitive for many years to come" (John Gray, New York Review of Books ), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of both the man and the revolutionary times in which he lived. Based on unprecedented access to the recently opened archives of Marx's and Engels's complete writings, Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life provides a historical context for the personal story of one of...
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Mar 22, 2021 Siryamina Pumpyanskaya; Sergei Drobashenko;
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Documentary on important events in Lenin's life and exploring his policies and socialist ideals which were implemented between 1917 and 1922. Includes footage highlighting the industrialization, electrification and cultural advancement that took place following the revolution. It also features footage of Lenin's speeches and a sound clip of a speech made to the Red Army during the Civil War. Related: http://archive.org/details/lenin-voice-of-the-revolution
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Mar 21, 2021 Adam Ulam; J. Arch Getty; Robert Conquest; Robert V. Daniels; Nina Tumarkin;
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Author, lawyer, Marxist revolutionary, creator of the Soviet Communist Party, and founder of the U.S.S.R., Vladimir Lenin led the Bolsheviks and the Red Army. This biography follows Lenin's revolutionary career. Related: http://archive.org/details/lenin-pages-from-a-great-life http://archive.org/details/the-russian-revolution
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Mar 15, 2021 Aleksandr Kosachev; Arkadi Tsineman; Gleb Chumakov; Vitali Geviksman;
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Documentary about the life of Karl Marx which uses archive material to describe his importance in Russian history and politics, and addresses the context in which his most famous works were created. Related: http://archive.org/details/karl-marx-and-marxism http://archive.org/details/lenin-pages-from-a-great-life
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Mar 11, 2021 Stuart Hall
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Using rare archival film and more recent news footage, this documentary outlines and examines the history of Marx's ideas, emphasizing their early development in Russia and Eastern Europe. Stuart Hall (1932-2014) was Professor Emeritus at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). Before becoming a Professor of Sociology at the Open University in 1979, Hall was the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University from 1968 to 1979. Related:...
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Feb 8, 2021 Bertrand M. Patenaude
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Stanford professor Bertrand Patenaude joins Daniel Rey to examine the singular life of Alexander Kerensky, the Russian revolutionary overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917. Related: http://archive.org/details/alexander-rabinowitch-the-bolsheviks-come-to-power-audio http://archive.org/details/mark-d-steinberg-the-russian-revolution-audio http://archive.org/details/revolutionary-russia-audio
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Feb 2, 2021 Thelma Z. Lavine
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1. The Young Hegelian The first of a 4 part discussion centered on the contributions of Karl Marx. In this segment Lavine presents a biographical sketch of Karl Marx, and discusses the young Hegelians and Marx's role in that organization. 2. Alienated Man Lavine discusses Marx's philosophy of man's economic alienation as presented in the Paris Manuscripts of 1844 and The German Ideology . The program concludes with a brief biographical sketch of Friedrich Engels, Marx's collaborator. 3. The...
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Jan 30, 2021 Richard D. Wolff
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/richard-d-wolff-understanding-marxism-audio Richard D. Wolff is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University, New York City. Related: http://archive.org/details/karl-marx-and-marxism
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Jan 28, 2021 Richard D. Wolff
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Video: http://archive.org/details/richard-d-wolff-understanding-marxism Understanding Marxism is a small book, written by Richard D. Wolff in collaboration with the staff of Democracy at Work, a 501c(3) non-profit founded by Wolff. There are rising demands for accessible introductions to Marxism and to the social changes it suggests. This essay responds to that interest. It seeks to provide bases for real solutions now that the flaws and failures of contemporary capitalism are exposed again,...
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Jan 27, 2021 Francis Wheen
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The first volume of Das Kapital , Karl Marx’s unfinished masterpiece, was published in 1867 to muted praise. Born in a two-room flat in London’s Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the fruit of Marx’s twenty-year struggle did not at first look like it would have much affect on the world. But after Marx’s death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries, from George Bernard Shaw to V. I. Lenin, changing the direction of twentieth-century...
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Jan 26, 2021 Francis Wheen
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Francis Wheen’s Karl Marx: A Life is the first major biography since the end of the Cold War of the father of Communism. While previous biographers have suffered from an inability to view Marx and his work apart from the regimes spawned in his name, Wheen gives us not a mythical socialist ogre but a fascinating, maddening, ultimately humane man. Paradox and passion were the animating spirits of Marx’s life. A Prussian émigré who would become the picture of a middle-class English...
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Aug 29, 2020 Mark D. Steinberg
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The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 is a new history of Russia's revolutionary era as a story of experience-of people making sense of history as it unfolded in their own lives and as they took part in making history themselves. The major events, trends, and explanations, reaching from Bloody Sunday in 1905 to the final shots of the civil war in 1921, are viewed through the doubled perspective of the professional historian looking backward and the contemporary journalist reporting and interpreting...
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Aug 28, 2020 Douglas Smith
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/douglas-smith-rasputin-audio A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra’s confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet. But as...
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Aug 18, 2020 Douglas Smith
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Video: http://archive.org/details/douglas-smith-rasputin A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra’s confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet. But as the...
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Aug 14, 2020 Laura Engelstein
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War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914-1921 October 1917, heralded as the culmination of the Russian Revolution, remains a defining moment in world history. Even a hundred years after the events that led to the emergence of the world's first self-proclaimed socialist state, debate continues over whether, as historian E. H. Carr put it decades ago, these earth-shaking days were a "landmark in the emancipation of mankind from past oppression" or "a crime and a disaster." Some things...
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Aug 13, 2020 Daniel Beer; Donald Rayfield; Frances Welch; Helen Rappaport; Victor Sebestyen;
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A brief yet comprehensive documentary overview of the downfall of the Romanov dynasty and the evolution of Lenin's Ulyanov family, from the terrible acts and subsequent hanging of his brother to his own hunger for a revolution. Related: http://archive.org/details/lenin-voice-of-the-revolution http://archive.org/details/the-assassination-of-tsar-nicholas-ii http://archive.org/details/harrison-salisbury-black-night-white-snow-audio
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Aug 9, 2020 S.A. Smith
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An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 The Russian Revolution of 1917 transformed the face of the Russian Empire, politically, economically, socially, and culturally and also profoundly affected the course of the world history for the rest of the 20th century. Now, to mark the centenary of this epochal event, historian Steve Smith presents a panoramic account of the history of the Russian Empire, from the last years of the 19th century, through the First World War and the revolutions of 1917 and the...
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Aug 7, 2020 Sheila Fitzpatrick
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The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. In the years following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it has become possible to step back and see the full picture. This fully updated new edition of Sheila Fitzpatrick's classic short history of the revolution takes into account the new archival and other evidence that has come to light since the fall of the USSR, incorporating material that was previous inaccessible not...
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Aug 7, 2020 Helen Rappaport
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Petrograd, 1917—A World on the Edge Between the first revolution in February 1917 and Lenin’s Bolshevik coup in October, Petrograd (the former St Petersburg) was in turmoil. Foreign visitors who filled hotels, bars and embassies were acutely aware of the chaos breaking out on their doorsteps. Among them were journalists, diplomats, businessmen, governesses and volunteer nurses. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home: from an English nurse who had already survived the sinking of the...
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Aug 3, 2020 Catherine Merridale
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A gripping, meticulously researched account of Lenin’s fateful 1917 rail journey from Zurich to Petrograd, where he ignited the Russian Revolution and forever changed the world In April 1917, as the Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s abdication sent shockwaves across war-torn Europe, the future leader of the Bolshevik revolution Vladimir Lenin was far away, exiled in Zurich. When the news reached him, Lenin immediately resolved to return to Petrograd and lead the revolt. But to get there, he would...
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Aug 2, 2020 Lars T. Lih
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In Lenin , Lars T. Lih presents a striking new interpretation of Lenin’s political beliefs and strategies. Until now, Lenin has been portrayed as a pessimist with a dismissive view of the revolutionary potential of the workers. However, Lih reveals that underneath the sharp polemics, Lenin was actually a romantic enthusiast rather than a sour pragmatist, one who imposed meaning on the whirlwind of events going on around him. This concise and unique biography is based on wide-ranging new...
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Aug 2, 2020 Alexander Rabinowitch
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The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd During the months following the collapse of the tsarist regime in war-torn Russia, the Bolshevik Party emerged from obscurity to overthrow the Provisional Government and establish the world’s first communist government. In this absorbing narrative, Alexander Rabinowitch counters the claims by mainstream historians that the revolution was a military coup led by Lenin and a small band of fanatics. He refutes the Soviet myth that the party's triumph in the...
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Aug 1, 2020 Richard Pipes
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The Unknown Lenin: From the Secret Archive Lenin—the man, the revolutionary, and the world leader—has remained an enigma, part myth arising from the tumult of the Russian Revolution and part image carefully controlled for nearly seventy years by the leaders of the Soviet Union and their sympathizers abroad. The Unknown Lenin , containing long concealed documents from the Soviet archives, helps correct the myth and revise the image. Lenin emerges here as a ruthless, manipulative leader who...
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Jul 31, 2020 Harrison E. Salisbury
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Jul 31, 2020 Harrison E. Salisbury
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Russia's Revolutions, 1905-1917 The destruction of the Czars, which brought about the reign of revolutions from 1905 to 1917 in Russia, looms as the crucial political event of the twentieth century. In little more than a decade, the Romanov dynasty was toppled, and its time-honoured institutions repudiated. How did it happen? How could Nicholas and Alexandra, the nobility, middle class anarchists—even Lenin himself—not foresee the catastrophic changes that were shaking the empire? Why could...
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Jul 20, 2020 Robert Gerwarth
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/robert-gerwarth-the-vanquished-audio Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 For the Western Allies, November 11, 1918, has always been a solemn date—the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation, but also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a continuing,...
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Jul 19, 2020 Robert Gerwarth
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Video: http://archive.org/details/robert-gerwarth-the-vanquished Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923 For the Western Allies, November 11, 1918, has always been a solemn date—the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation, but also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a continuing, nightmarish...
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Jul 13, 2020 David King
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The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany On the evening of November 8, 1923, the 34-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution. Seventeen hours later, all that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction. Hitler was on the run from the police. His career seemed to be over. The Trial of Adolf Hitler tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects...
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Jul 13, 2020 Thomas Weber
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/thomas-weber-becoming-hitler-audio The story of the making of Adolf Hitler that we are all familiar with is the one Hitler himself wove in his 1924 trial, and then expanded upon in Mein Kampf . It tells of his rapid emergence as National Socialist leader in 1919, and of how he successfully rallied most of Munich and the majority of Bavaria's establishment to support the famous beer-hall putsch of 1923. It is an account which has largely been taken at face value...
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Jul 12, 2020 Thomas Weber
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Video: http://archive.org/details/thomas-weber-becoming-hitler The story of the making of Adolf Hitler that we are all familiar with is the one Hitler himself wove in his 1924 trial, and then expanded upon in Mein Kampf . It tells of his rapid emergence as National Socialist leader in 1919, and of how he successfully rallied most of Munich and the majority of Bavaria's establishment to support the famous beer-hall putsch of 1923. It is an account which has largely been taken at face value for...
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Jul 11, 2020 Thomas Weber
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Video: http://archive.org/details/thomas-weber-hitlers-first-war In Hitler's First War , award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history—a major revision of our understanding of Hitler's life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler's unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service. Drawing on deep and imaginative research, Weber refutes the story crafted by Hitler himself, and so challenges the historical argument that the war led...
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Jul 11, 2020 Thomas Weber
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/thomas-weber-hitlers-first-war-audio Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War In Hitler's First War , award-winning author Thomas Weber delivers a master work of history—a major revision of our understanding of Hitler's life. Weber paints a group portrait of the List Regiment, Hitler's unit during World War I, to rewrite the story of his military service. Drawing on deep and imaginative research, Weber refutes the story crafted by...
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Jul 8, 2020 William Schoenl
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Jung's Evolving Views of Nazi Germany describes for the first time Jung’s views of Nazi Germany during the whole period from the Nazi takeover in 1933 to the end of World War II. It brings together the authors’ research in archives and primary sources during the past 10 years. William Schoenl is Professor Emeritus of Modern European history at Michigan State University, where he taught for 45 years. His recent publications include Jung's Evolving Views of Nazi Germany: From 1936 to the End...
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Jul 7, 2020 Richard Noll
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Video: http://archive.org/details/richard-noll-the-aryan-christ The Aryan Christ is the previously untold story of the first sixty years of Jung's life—a story that follows him from his 1875 birth into a family troubled with madness and religious obsessions, through his career as a world-famous psychiatrist and his relationship and break with his mentor Freud, and on to his years as an early supporter of the Third Reich in the 1930s. It contains never-before-published revelations about his...
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Jul 7, 2020 Richard Noll
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/richard-noll-the-aryan-christ-audio The Aryan Christ is the previously untold story of the first sixty years of Jung's life—a story that follows him from his 1875 birth into a family troubled with madness and religious obsessions, through his career as a world-famous psychiatrist and his relationship and break with his mentor Freud, and on to his years as an early supporter of the Third Reich in the 1930s. It contains never-before-published revelations about...
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Jul 2, 2020 Carol Tavris
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Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance...
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Jun 22, 2020 Jeffrey Masson, Peter Gay, Frank Sulloway, Jacob Arlow, Thomas Szasz
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Freud's theories are explained in this analysis of the man and his work. The commentators compare his theories with more recent discoveries and wonder if psychoanalysis is a science in itself. Some excerpts from archival films showing Freud and Vienna in the 1930s illustrate this biography. Related: http://archive.org/details/frederick-crews-the-memory-wars-audio http://archive.org/details/frederick-crews-freud-the-making-of-an-illusion-audio
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Jun 21, 2020 Frederick Crews
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Criticism and the Empirical Attitude: UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes critic and writer Frederick Crews as he describes his battles with conventional interpretations and his passion for the English language.
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Jun 20, 2020 Frederick Crews
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In 1993 and 1994, The New York Review of Books published two tenaciously argued essays by Frederick Crews attacking Freudian psychoanalysis and its aftermath in the so-called recovered memory movement. The first " The Unknown Freud " reviewed a growing body of evidence indicating that Freud doctored his data and manipulated his colleagues in an effort to consolidate a cult-like following that would neither defy nor upstage him. The second, " The Revenge of the Repressed "...
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Jun 7, 2020 Frederick Crews
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From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator. Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential figures of western society. His ideas transformed the way that we think about our minds, our selves and even our thoughts. But while he was undeniably a visionary thinker, Freud's legend was also the work of years of careful mythologizing, and a fierce refusal to accept criticism or scrutiny of his often unprincipled methods. In...
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Jun 6, 2020 Frederick Crews
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Best-selling author and Berkeley professor of thirty years Frederick Crews has always considered himself a skeptic. Forty years ago he thought he had found a tradition of thought—Freudian psychoanalytic theory—that had skepticism built into it. He gradually realized, however, that true skepticism is an attitude of continual questioning. The more closely Crews examined the logical structure and institutional history of psychoanalysis, the more clearly he realized that Freud's system of...
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May 31, 2020 Jeffrey Schaler
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As it entered the 1960s, American institutional psychiatry was thriving, with a high percentage of medical students choosing the field. But after Thomas S. Szasz published his masterwork in 1961, The Myth of Mental Illness , the psychiatric world was thrown into chaos. Szasz enlightened the world about what he called the “myth of mental illness.” His point was not that no one is mentally ill, or that people labeled as mentally ill do not exist. Instead, he believed that diagnosing people as...
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May 20, 2020 Tomi Gomory
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Mad Science argues that the fundamental claims of modern American psychiatry are based on misconceived, flawed, and distorted science. The authors address multiple paradoxes in American mental health research, including the remaking of coercion into scientific psychiatric treatment, the adoption of an unscientific diagnostic system that controls the distribution of services, and how drug treatments have failed to improve the mental health outcome. When it comes to understanding and treating...
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May 19, 2020 Thomas Szasz
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The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into...
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May 18, 2020 Thomas Szasz
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A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement In this seminal work, Dr. Szasz examines the similarities between the Inquisition and institutional psychiatry. His purpose is to show “that the belief in mental illness and the social actions to which it leads have the same moral implications and political consequences as had the belief in witchcraft and the social actions to which it led.” Thomas Szasz (1920-2012) was Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State...
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May 16, 2020 James Ledbetter
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Worshipped by Tea Party politicians but loathed by sane economists, gold has historically influenced American monetary policy and has exerted an often outsized influence on the national psyche for centuries. Now, acclaimed business writer James Ledbetter explores the tumultuous history and larger-than-life personalities—from George Washington to Richard Nixon—behind America's volatile relationship to this hallowed metal and investigates what this enduring obsession reveals about the...
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/mathematically-perfected-economy-audio Mike Montagne is the original 1968 architect of a proof of one and one only mathematically perfected economy™. In part, this ground breaking, ever unrefuted thesis resolves his original mathematic proof that any purported economy based upon the present obfuscation of our currency inevitably manifests, itself, in the present terminal monetary failure a terminal failure coupled to categoric faults, which his proofs...
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May 10, 2020 Daniel Bell
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Published originally in 1973, Daniel Bell's The Coming of Post-Industrial Society was the first book to identify the structural changes in American society leading to the Information Age. The book was widely praised for its major contribution to social theory and translated into French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish (and a Russian translation restricted to limited circulation among the ideological elite). Decades later, the term, the idea and the concept of the post-industrial society have...
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May 9, 2020 Isaac Asimov
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Video: http://archive.org/details/isaac-asimov Born on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi, Russia, Isaac Asimov immigrated with his family to the United States and became a biochemistry professor while pursuing writing. An immensely prolific author who penned nearly 500 books, he published influential sci-fi works like I, Robot and the Foundation trilogy , as well as books in a variety of other genres. Asimov died in New York City on April 6, 1992. Asimov was also known for writing books on a wide...
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May 6, 2020 Isaac Asimov
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Prophets of Science Fiction : Looks at the life and work of Isaac Asimov, who wrote of a future where mechanical men can do the work for humans. His ideas inspired General Motors to create Unimate, the first industrial robot, and paved the way for the widespread automation of modern industry. The Naked Sun was a warning bell of sorts, predicting a future in which men would use robots in war. With its advanced robotics and unmanned drones, the modern battlefield looks increasingly like...
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May 2, 2020 Isaac Asimov
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/isaac-asimov-audio The Open Mind : On this program, the guest is science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Heffner opens the program by confessing that he is not a science fiction reader and then introduces his viewers to Asimov, who discusses the following topics, among others: why he chose science fiction as his vehicle to teach the public about the importance of human rationality; how he views God and mysticism; why the human race needs to concentrate on real...
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May 1, 2020 Christopher D. Bader
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An antidote to the culture of fear that dominates modern life From moral panics about immigration and gun control to anxiety about terrorism and natural disasters, Americans live in a culture of fear. While fear is typically discussed in emotional or poetic terms—as the opposite of courage, or as an obstacle to be overcome—it nevertheless has very real consequences in everyday life. Persistent fear negatively effects individuals' decision-making abilities and causes anxiety, depression, and...
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Apr 24, 2020
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Unraveling Conspiracy Thinking Pulling the Thread is a digital documentary series and engagement campaign that unravels some of America’s most popular conspiracy theories and reveals the emotional, cognitive and social forces that leads rational people to believe irrational things. While experts across the country scramble to create tools to help us separate truth from fiction, Pulling the Thread attacks fake news at the source by exploring the very roots of human belief and the cognitive...
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Apr 19, 2020 Eric Oliver
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/eric-oliver-enchanted-america-audio Enchanted America : America is in civic chaos, its politics rife with conspiracy theories and false information. Nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise, while scientists, universities, and news organizations are viewed with increasing mistrust. Its citizens reject scientific evidence on climate change and vaccinations while embracing myths of impending apocalypse. And then there is Donald Trump, a presidential...
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Video: http://archive.org/details/eric-oliver-enchanted-america Enchanted America : America is in civic chaos, its politics rife with conspiracy theories and false information. Nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise, while scientists, universities, and news organizations are viewed with increasing mistrust. Its citizens reject scientific evidence on climate change and vaccinations while embracing myths of impending apocalypse. And then there is Donald Trump, a presidential candidate...
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Apr 16, 2020 Joseph Uscinski
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Audio: http://archive.org/details/joseph-uscinski-american-conspiracy-theories-audio What is it in American culture that makes conspiracy theories proliferate? Who is targeted, and why? Are we in the heyday of the conspiracy theory, or is it in decline? Though there is significant scholarly literature on the topic in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and more, American Conspiracy Theories is the first to use broad, long-term empirical data to analyze this popular American tendency. Joseph E....
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Apr 10, 2020 Joseph Uscinski
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Video: http://archive.org/details/joseph-uscinski-american-conspiracy-theories What is it in American culture that makes conspiracy theories proliferate? Who is targeted, and why? Are we in the heyday of the conspiracy theory, or is it in decline? Though there is significant scholarly literature on the topic in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and more, American Conspiracy Theories is the first to use broad, long-term empirical data to analyze this popular American tendency. Joseph E....
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