I wrote a review of Alexander Etkind’s Roads Not Taken: An Intellectual Biography of William C. Bullitt and Michael McFaul’s From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia for Bookforum. Unfortunately, the review is behind the dreaded paywall. So here’s the pdf.
Guest: Arch Getty on Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition.
Guest: Russell Martin on the early modern Russian autocracy.