Stories about History from November, 2007
Barbados: Independence Day
It's All Good and Barbados Underground wish their fellow Barbadians a Happy 41st Independence Day!
Russia: “Enemies of Russia”=”Enemies of the People”?
Window on Eurasia writes: “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s characterization of his political opponents and those standing behind them as ‘the enemies of Russia’ has sparked a discussion among his supporters about the relationship of that term to Stalin’s notorious one, ‘the enemies of the people.’ Pavel Danilin, editor of the...
Russia: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis and Executed Today write about the myths surrounding life and death of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya.
Blogian reports that a documentary highlighting the destruction of an Armenian cemetery in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan is being distributed to members of the U.S. Congress. However, the Armenian blogger is concerned by the [nationalist] content as well as the professionalism of the film.
Pakistan: A brief history of Swat
Chapati Mystery explains the issues surrounding Swat in Pakistan.
Jamaica: My Jamaica
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about the land of his birth.
Russia: ‘The Coast of Utopia’ by Tom Stoppard
Moscow Through Brown Eyes reviews Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, a play that “endeavors to paint a portrait of the lives and thought of several major mid-century Russian-thinkers (Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Ogarev, and Belinsky feature prominently).”
Estonia: Tallinn and “Devaluation Scare”
Itching for Eestimaa writes about Estonia's capital and the recent “devaluation scare”: “To your average Estonian, who is female, speaks Estonian as a first language, doesn't live in Tallinn, and is between the ages of 45 and 49, the capital must increasingly look like some revolving circus of riots, stag...
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Trial for U.N. and Netherlands
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports: “Dutch court ruled Tuesday that the United Nations and the Netherlands should face trial for the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.”
Belarus: Palonka Battle
TOL's Belarus writes about the Palonka Battle and the Belarusians’ indifference towards their nation's history.
Belarus, Poland: Kurapaty, Katyń
TOL's Belarus watches Andrzej Wajda's Katyń and hopes to see a similar film about the Kurapaty tragedy in Belarus one day.
Albania: Death Rites
Living in Shkoder writes about Albanian death rites.
Albania marked 95 years of independence on Nov. 28, and Albanian Blogger posted “a short history leading to the country’s independence.”
Russia: Double Standards
Sean's Russia Blog writes about double standards in coverage and reactions to the Russian election in the West: “To think President Bush had to nerve to throw his two cents in. […] You gotta be kidding me. I don’t recall any statement when the NYPD locked up 1000 people protesting...
India: Manholes and Sewers
synchroni-cities reflects on manhole covers. A brief history of the modern sewer system.
South Korea: Wartime Propaganda Movie
Matt looks into a propaganda movie Volunteer (Jiwonbyeong) from 1941 in detail to study traces of Korean contemporary nationalism.
Ukraine: Thoughts on Yushchenko's Bloc
It's been nearly two months since the Sept. 30 snap parliamentary election in Ukraine, and although there are plenty of "democratic coalition" promises and hopes in the air, it has yet to materialize. Or not.
Ukraine: Coverage of Holodomor in the East
Foreign Notes offers samples of media coverage of Holodomor in Eastern Ukraine.
Russia: The Marines
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the history of the marines in Russia.
Poland: Kapuściński's Translators
Our Man in Gdansk writes about a collection of stories by translators of Ryszard Kapuściński: “It was to have been birthday present, but Kapuściński died before it appeared. The contributions vary widely in subject matter, some not referring at all to translation making it less than essential reading for the...
Croatia: Some More on Election Results
Bosnia Vault reviews the results of the election in Croatia.