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Ian Johnson is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University, where he also teaches in the history department. He received his PhD in history from the Ohio State University in 2016. His areas of specialty include Germany and the Soviet Union from 1914 to 1945.
USSR

In 1936, Stalin unveiled a new constitution. The New York Times enthused: “Today, when the democratic-bourgeois cause is on the defensive…the proposed new Soviet …

The history of Russia from 1917 to 1922 is among the grimmest, darkest and most fascinating periods in the entire human epic. After suffering …

Cold War USSR

In the aftermath of the Second World War, vast swathes of Europe and Asia lay devastated. Some seventy million people – soldiers and civilians …

Russia USSR

The canonical view of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, promulgated by Soviet history books and not a few Western fellow travelers, argues that it represented …

Semyon and Tatyana Frank stood at the rails of the steamer Haken, holding hands and watching the dark waves of the Baltic, the scene …

USSR

When Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne in March 1917, Russia’s largest political faction was not Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks, but the Socialist Revolutionary Party. …

Communism

In the aftermath of the October Revolution, a strike by the former government bureaucrats paralyzed Petrograd and threatened the Bolsheviks’ hold on power. It …

Poland

On August 12, 1920, the fate of Poland hung by a thread. The Bolsheviks, victorious in Russia, advanced rapidly towards the heart of Europe, …

Communism Russia

One hundred years ago this week, a sealed train bearing the “bacilli of Bolshevism” (Lenin’s own phrase) crossed war-torn Germany, destined for the North …

USSR

The Soviet Union emerged from the world’s bloodiest conflict victorious, but at great cost. Twenty million Soviet citizens died during World War II, including …