Забытые участники войны: перспективы изучения отдельных штурмовых офицерских батальонов
The article presents the sources of information available today about detached storm officer battalions, the unique military formations of the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War. The author analyses the question why this topic is not of interest to the society and professional historians. The article reveals the traumatic character of the subject for memoirists, the difficulty in choosing the proper context (repression or a feat), and the presence of this topic within the scope of amateur military history.
The current Russian state can be seen as a hybrid regime. This hybrid is not, however one of authoritarian and democratic models, but rather of Soviet nomenklatura system and of the mafia-state as described by Balint Magyar, referring to the case of Viktor Orban's Hungary.
This article is about a political departments in NKVDs filtration camps, it aims and everyday issues, an influence of a political work on a life of a whole camp, moods of forme POWs and they attitude.
This article explores the role played by the Eternitate memorial complex, the central site for World War II commemoration in Chişinău, as a tool and site of history politics in the Republic of Moldova. It analyzes different facets of the history of the memorial complex, focusing in particular on the years after its renovation in 2006. The article traces the evolution of the site from a Soviet military glory complex to a more multi-layered and diverse commemorative space, which even includes monuments not related to World War II. It demonstrates how commemorations at the complex interact with the complexities of history politics in independent Moldova, as well as with the culturally diverse history of Chişinău and the site itself.
This article is about staff issues in NKVD's filtration camps, sources of staff recruting. It is revealed that these camps were ruled by a bunch of a different organization, that made a lot of problems in a filtration work.
Current state of the Russian poetry and its history in the «age of extremes» (Eric Hobsbawm) are among the main scholarly interests of Ilya Kukulin, a cultural historian and a sociologist of culture. This book is a collection of his articles and essays on poetry written in 2001—2018: historical studies; papers tracing the new aesthetic and social trends in poetry; and texts focused on particular today’s authors. These works are arranged into four cycles (corresponding with the four parts of the book) and allow to follow several “main tracks” in development of the Russian poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries: poetic creativity as a way of emancipation from everyday social pressure and of creation of the new view(s) at the world; influence of censorship and self-censorship on development of literature; involvement of Russian poetry into international cultural movements. The scope of the book embraces the authors from Anna Akhmatova and Ossip Mandelshtam to the young poets who made their debuts already in the 21st century.
This article is about filtration system of former soviet POWs, it evolution during the war
Spoliations de guerre et transferts culturels: Le cas du cinéma soviétique (1939-1949).
Review of: Surzhikova N. V. (2014). Voennyj plen v rossijskoj provintsii (1914-1922) [Military Captivity in the Russian Province (1914-1922)]. 423 p. Moscow: Politicheskaya encyclopediya. The review was submitted on 24.05.2014. This is a review of a monograph by historian N. V. Surzhikova, Military Captivity in the Russian Province (1914-1922) (Moscow: Politicheskaya Encyclopediya, 2014) published for the series World War I. A Great War. 1914-1918. The reviewer acknowledges the value of the archival material supplied in the work but is critical of its interpretation. The author’s use of sociological concepts, though justified, has a number of flaws in the research’s theoretical model. Additionally, the reviewer maintains that it is incorrect to apply the terminology of professional identity to the category of employment.