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Biculturalism and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission

The final two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “A Brief Conversation on Biculturalism” by Alexandra Diouk and “Remembering the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission: 45 years of US-Russian Space Cooperation” by Lisa Becker.

Trash Protests and Leninopad

Two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “The Great Russian Trash Crisis” by Seth Farkas and  “An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine after Leninopad” by Sabrina Beaver.


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So I start teaching a Russian History class in August. I’ve decided to focus on the Soviet period. The class is 18 weeks and that gives me some time to go over the period with care. I want to have a broad reading list of primary documents for the students to read. I want archival documents, ego documents, political, economic, literature, art, film, any cultural text that illuminates the Soviet experience. I have a bunch of stuff in mind. But then I thought as a way to stimulate some decent discussion and get some readings that I might have not thought of or didn’t know, I figured to ask readers. What readings would you recommend for a survey on Soviet history?

The two texts that I am having for sure are:

Ronald G. Suny, The Soviet Experiment.
Author Koestler, Darkness at Noon.