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“The Reddest of the Blacks”

For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

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Past Interviews

Communism, Youth and Generation

Guest: Matthias Neumann on communism, youth, and generation.

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Rich Russians

Guest: Elisabeth Schimpfossl on Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie published by Oxford University Press.

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Kazakh Nomads Under Lenin and Stalin

Guest: Alun Thomas on Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia from Lenin to Stalin published by I.B. Tauris.

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The Russian Monarchy’s Scenarios of Power

Guest: Richard Wortman on the Russian monarchy, symbolism, and ritual.

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Social-Economic Life in the Donbas

Guest: Brian Milakovsky on the social and economic situation in the Donbas.

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The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution

Guest: Lesley Chamberlain on The Arc of Utopia: The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution published by Reaktion Books.

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SRB on the Dig Podcast

Me, your host, on The Dig Podcast.

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Nation, Nationality, and Empire

Guest: Ronald Grigor Suny on nationality, nation, and empire in the Soviet Union.

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American-Russian Relations in the 19th Century

Guest: Norman Saul of US-Russian relations in the 19th Century

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Soviet Atheism

Guest: Victoria Smolkin on A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism published by Princeton University Press.

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The Russian Mafia

Guest: Mark Galeotti on The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia published by Yale University Press.

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