It is the early hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. No one knows what will happen next, but we hope the following stories from our archives will help readers understand the military, economic, and geographic history that has preceded this moment, and provide the resources and context for teachers and students in the days ahead. As always, JSTOR Daily links to JSTOR sources offer free access to all readers.
February 27, 2018
Russian serfdom and American slavery ended within two years of each other; the defenders of these systems of bondage surprisingly shared many of the same arguments.
February 4, 2017
The Russian Revolution of 1917 had two parts. The Bolshevik's October Revolution usually gets all of the attention. But what happened in February?
March 4, 2016
The famous "Iron Curtain" speech that propelled us into the Cold War highlights Churchill's near roguish fight to challenge the U.S.S.R.
February 21, 2017
Before the infamous Wannsee conference, Nazis had another meeting during which they planned the mass starvation of millions of Eastern Europeans.
August 6, 2015
An exploration of Potsdam and its effects on the Cold War.
October 11, 2016
On the little-known hippie youth culture of the USSR.
October 31, 2019
Who's up for a radioactive selfie?
July 22, 2021
Why did the Russian tsar seek to ban beards?
March 16, 2019
Catherine II ruled Russia for many years. She also wrote her own memoirs, in a time when such writing was considered inappropriate for a monarch.
March 21, 2018
It took three more decades of Soviet rule before the archives dealing with Stalin and his times could be explored. And then the doors were shut again.
May 4, 2020
The most important factors that steered Russia away from democracy, says one scholar, weren't inevitable.
June 12, 2020
Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov's hypothesis on the evolution of rye is now accepted. But in the 1930s, his research got him arrested.
February 18, 2015
The noted Russian author was forced to choose between his homeland and international recognition of his poetry and fiction.
May 15, 2021
Soviet dissident Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate was "arrested" by the KGB in 1961. Here's how it finally saw the light of day.
January 26, 2022
A Russian court has ruled the country's oldest human rights organization must be dissolved. The work they do required trust from those who had lived under Stalin.
August 24, 2023
Research reports and scholarly articles on the history of the Ukraine-Russia conflicts of the past and possible paths for peace.
March 13, 2017
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began on April 4, 1949, creating an alliance promising mutual defense against potential Soviet aggression.
May 26, 2016
The annual Eurovision contest often serves as a stage on which political tensions play out.
March 28, 2016
For centuries, the Caucasus was to the Russian Empire what the Middle East was to the British and French: a savage land to be dominated and a romanticized Other against which Russia could define its own “European” identity.
August 9, 2020
The fight against locust swarms allowed the Soviet Union to consolidate power over neighboring regions.
March 17, 2015
An introduction to the Kaliningrad Oblast, surrounded by Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea.
August 21, 2015
The vibrant and revolutionary culture of singing in Estonia.
September 25, 2014
Even during the Cold War, US and Russian cooperation succeeded in space exploration.
January 9, 2017
Russia was the first source of white oil, a Vaseline-like mix of hydrocarbons used in pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and plastics.
July 18, 2020
As heat waves induced by climate change roil the Arctic Circle, Siberians are articulating a distinct identity.
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