Guest: Timothy Frye on Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia published by Princeton University Press.
Russell Martin on The Tsar’s Happy Occasion: Ritual and Dynasty in the Weddings of Russia’s Rulers, 1495–1745 published by Cornell University Press.
SRB interns Amelia Parlier and Felix Helbing dive into the weird world of advice columns. Two unlikely parings on the block—Komsomol decorum and the diva of dish, Emily Post. It’s wine and cheese!
Guest: Tricia Starks on Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia published by Cornell University Press.
Guest: Kristy Ironside on A Full-Value Ruble: The Promise of Prosperity in the Postwar Soviet Union published by Harvard University Press.
Dina Fainberg on Cold War Correspondents: Soviet and American Reporters on the Ideological Frontlines published by John Hopkins University Press.
Guest: Marko Dumančić on Men out of Focus: The Soviet Masculinity Crisis in the Long Sixties published by the University of Toronto Press.
Guest: Andrei Tsygankov on the ongoing US-Russia rivalry.
Guest: Thomas Graham on the new “Cold War,” the United States, Russia, and China.
Guest: Mark Vincent on Criminal Subculture in the Gulag: Prisoner Society in the Stalinist Labour Camps published by Bloomsbury.