BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russian history and culture, from a historian in Cambridge

Coronavirus: a history of now?

Can history make sense of Covid-19? Some answers to this question come from a podcast hosted by the Faculty of History here at Cambridge. I hope you’ve caught it; you … Continue reading

May 31, 2020

Coronavirus and mental health: reading Oblomov

Coronavirus is a mental health disaster zone. Some people fear a shortened life. Others have lost trust in the future. Many have uneasy feelings about people and places currently closed … Continue reading

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus: histories of emergency powers

As the proverb goes: it’s pointless to complain about losing your hair when they’re about to cut off your head. Across the world, coronavirus, not its longer-term impact, is the … Continue reading

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus, Russia and the world: can history help?

Russia has suffered its share of epidemics in the last century or so. As we face the global uncertainty of coronavirus, does knowledge of this history help us? Take three … Continue reading

March 29, 2020