Beyond the Kremlin

Russia past and present, from a historian in Cambridge

The Cold War surveillance state — and AJP Taylor

Just how different was the post-Stalin Soviet Union from the Western democracies? Nowadays, historians ask the question in a routine way, focusing on the principles underlyng the consumer economy or … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hugh Trevor-Roper in the USSR

Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), whose centenary this is, was the ultimate grandee among British historians. Regius Professor at Oxford, Master of Peterhouse at Cambridge, friend of the clever or connected, scourge … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment