Russia past and present, from a historian in Cambridge

A Europe whole and free? Russia, the West and Ukraine

Click here for my article on the Ukraine crisis in the Yorkshire Post. The article seeks to explain the crisis as the result of Russian opportunism and provocation, Ukrainian politics, and … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Jews of Ukraine and the Soviet past

When Jews came out of the synagogue in Donetsk a few days ago, they were met by men in black masks distributing leaflets. The terrifying message was simple: register with … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ukraine and Russia: sibling nations in the life of Nikita Khrushchev

Ukraine and Russia are ‘kin’, according to Andrew Wilson, a leading specialist from University College London, writing in 2005: they are ‘sibling nations rather than two parts of the same … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment