Special Announcement

Dear readers, Today marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Field Marshal Prince Mikhail Bogdanovich Barclay de Tolly, one of the most distinguished military officers in the history of the Russian army. I have written about Barclay before in this blog, and on account of this bicentennial I have published my translation of his... Continue Reading →

Amor and Psyche: A Russian Royal Wedding

Unless you have been living under a rock for several weeks, you will most likely be aware that the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place today at Windsor. Throughout this period I have tried to pay the least amount of attention to all this as possible, not because I am a... Continue Reading →

10 Moscow statues

I have not posted for almost two weeks, since I have just recently returned to the UK from Russia. This post is therefore a relatively short one in which I provide some context for 10 statues/monuments in Moscow. I could have chosen more, I could have chosen fewer, but in the end decided to stick... Continue Reading →

Otto von Bismarck: Great social reformer?

Special thanks to my girlfriend Naphaphorn for providing this piece. You can follow her history tweets on Twitter. Otto von Bismarck is perhaps one of the best known names in German political history, notable for his strong influence upon European politics during the two decades in which he served as Chancellor of the German Empire.... Continue Reading →

Minin and Pozharsky: Ending the Troubles

The New Year is Russia's most important holiday, and consequently Russians have the entirety of the first week of January off work. I took this opportunity to travel east from Moscow and visit Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. I will endeavour to write a few posts about these travels in these coming weeks. The main landmark... Continue Reading →

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