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The Paradoxes of Lviv

Guest:

Tarik Cyril Amar is an Associate Professor of History at Columbia University specializing in the Soviet Union, Russia, and Ukraine. He’s the author of The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv. A Borderland City between Nazis, Stalinists, and Nationalists.

Music:

Danger Doom, “Space Ho’s,” The Mouse and the Mask, 2005.

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Russia Through German Eyes

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Guest:

James Casteel is an assistant professor of German, Russian, and Jewish history in the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. His research interests include transnational relations between Germany and Russia, nations and empires in central and eastern Europe, and diasporic cultures and belonging. He is the author of Russia in the German Global Imaginary: Imperial Visions and Utopian Desires, 1905-1941.

Music:

Fugazi, “Long Division,” Steady Diet of Nothing, 1991.

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Autocracy, Marriage, and Power in Early Modern Russia

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Guest:

Russell Martin is a professor of History at Westminster College focusing on autocracy, marriage, power and the Romanov dynasty in early modern Russia. He is the author of many books and articles. His most recent book is A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia.

Reading:

Russell Martin, “Eulogy for Ned Keenan.”

Greg Afinogenov, “Breaking Muscovy’s Silence: Edward Keenan, 1935-2015.”

Russell Martin, “Dowries, Diplomacy, and Marriage Politics in Muscovy.”

Russell Martin, “A Reappreciation of Sergei Fedorovich Platonov’s Ocherki po istorii smuty.”

Music:

The Smiths, “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” The Queen is Dead, 1986.

Love, Sex, and Porn in Russia

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Guest:

Natalia Antonova is a pundit, playwright and sometime journalist living in Russia. You can read her blog where she comments a wide variety of topics, including sex, at nataliaantonova.com. Her most recent article is “Russia’s Porn Stars Aren’t Just Hot, They’re Also Ostracised And Exploited” on Open Democracy.

Music:

Prince and the Revolution, “Darling Nikki,” Purple Rain, 1984.

Managing the Russian Hajj

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Guest:

Eileen Kane is an Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College where she specializes in empires, migrations, religion and historical connections between the Russian and Ottoman empires. She’s the author of Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca.

Music:

The Roots, “Adrenaline!” Things Fall Apart, 1999.

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Alexander Shlyapnikov: An Old Working Class Bolshevik

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Guest:

Barbara Allen is an associate professor of history at La Salle University where she specializes in the Russian revolutionary movement and the early Soviet regime. Her research interests include the history of working-class opposition to the Soviet Communist Party’s dictatorship. Her most recent book is Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik which was just released in paperback.

Music:

John Lennon, “Working Class Hero,” John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1970.

Russia’s Foreign Policy Trajectories

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Guest:

Andrei Tsygankov is a Professor in the departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University where he teaches Russian/post-Soviet, comparative and international politics. His most recent book is Russia’s Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity.

Music:

The Heptones, “Message from a Black Man,” Studio One Soul, 2001.

The Use and Abuse of Nagorno-Karabakh

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Guest:

Ryan McCarrel is a Ph.D. Candidate at University College Dublin’s School of Geography where he focuses on geopolitics, borders and world (dis)order. He’s written articles for Foreign Affairs, The Diplomat, Eurasia.net and blogs at the Accidental Geographer. His most recent article in Foreign Affairs is “The United Nations and Sexual Abuse: Why Peacekeeping Reform Has Failed.”

Music:

Midnight Movies, “Persimmon Tree,” Midnight Movies, 2004.

For good information on Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, Ryan McCarrel recommends the following:

The Political Life of Vodka in Russia

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Guest:

Mark Schrad is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Villanova University. He’s the author of Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State, which was just released in paperback.

Music:

Beastie Boys, “Brass Monkey,” Licensed to Ill, 1986.

The Gangs of Russia

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Guest:

Svetlana Stephenson is a Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University. Her research has involved studying informal and criminal social networks in Russia as well as perceptions of social justice and human rights in a comparative context. She is the author of Gangs of Russia, From the Streets to the Corridors of Power published by Cornell University Press in 2015.

Music:

N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” Straight Outta Compton, 1988 (clean version, unfortunately).

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