In the early 1950s, urban social life in the Soviet Union was constrained, with few opportunities for young people to meet and date. But that changed after Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit in 1955.
Avant-garde artists of the time were primarily concerned with projecting different kinds of future work spaces.
Red flags with the hammer and sickle fluttered in the hands of school children, and millions of people arrived from every corner of the vast USSR to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
To learn from October is to learn from and about its defeat, about why a truly workers’ state never emerged and developed in the years when it should have, and what went wrong to preempt that from happening.
The Soviet dream to “catch up and overtake,” was not about economic prosperity. They wanted to “catch up” on national power. That dream lives on.
Most Russians are simply indifferent to the 1917 revolution as a topic of interest and as a political event worthy of commemoration.
Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Marxist leader, welcomed the Russian revolution for straying from Marx’s blueprint for overthrowing the system.
Perceptions of the Russian Revolution today are firmly linked to the the triumph and decline of brands of official communism in the 20th century – at the cost of complex aspects of the original event.
Today, the battle to open and close schools is as fierce as ever, as the US-backed government under President Ashraf Ghani struggles to fend off an insurgency dominated by the Taliban.
The Russian chapter in US feminism reminds us that women’s struggles to balance motherhood, domestic duties and meaningful work and their hopes for building a more just society, have a long and richly textured history.
Uzbekistan goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a successor to the late Islam Karimov, but the result is foregone.
Nearly three years since the Maidan revolution, Ukraine’s economic collapse, rampant corruption and the behind-the-scenes oligarchical rule remain unchanged. The revolution’s main goal – to integrate with the West – still seems a distant prospect.
The medals tally shows that countries that do well in the Olympics have also done excellent work in the field of science and technology. What can India learn from this?
Understanding the rise and fall of development politics and long-term structural challenges in Afghanistan will provide an outline of how India can wield influence in a multipolar Central Asia.
Imperialism Past and Present challenges several existing notions about empires, colonists and imperialists, making it an interesting read.