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1917: Revolution in Russia (1988)

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Recommended because this is a National Geographic portrait of pre and post-revolutionary Russia using historical footage (27 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); or may be purchased from PC Micro for $55.97.

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25 Lectures on the Balkans

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because these are twenty-five quality lectures on Balkan history which were written by Steven Sowards of Michigan State University. They end in the year 1995, just about the time that the Dayton Accords ended the civil war in Bosnia, but several years before the NATO attack on Yugoslavia in response to Serbian/Albanian strife in Kosovo. Start by looking at the hyper-linked Table of Contents which gives a list and description of each of the twenty-five lectures. Be aware of the fact that the lectures are quite detailed and were designed for college level students. This site also contains maps and Internet links to sources of news on and from the Balkans.

A Documentary History of Russian Communism: From Lenin to Gorbachev

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Recommended as an excellent source for speeches, decrees, and other documents which chronicle the evolution of Soviet Communism. An excellent supplement to narrative accounts of Soviet history. Available from Amazon.com for $28.Reviewed by Bill Wolf, August 2003.

Citation: Robert V. Daniels (Editor) (3rd ed., 1993)

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A Force More Powerful: Poland

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Recommended because it tells the story of how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule in Poland. In August 1980, workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike. Their main demand, free trade unions, was unprecedented in a country where communist party supremacy did not allow the existence of any independent organizations. Lech Walesa, a wily 37-year-old electrician, was the chief negotiator for the workers, who avoided the mistakes of earlier strikes by maintaining strict nonviolent discipline — and by occupying their shipyard, to deter a violent crackdown by authorities. The strike quickly spread to factories and workers throughout the country, magnifying their leverage. Their persistence paid off as government granted most of their demands. A new union was born named “Solidarity” (31 minutes). Available for free loan from the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), but apprarently out of print.

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A History of Russia

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Recommended because this is THE standard Russian history text by the distinguished historian from the University of California at Berkeley. It covers well the ancient and Medieval periods of Russian history. Availability: may be purchased in hardback from Amazon.com for $59.95.

Citation: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky (6th ed., 1999)

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A Life Like Mine

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Life Like Mine tells the story of how children live around the world through four themes:  survival, development, protection, participation.  Excellent images and text suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. Truly has a global perspective. Includes many visuals and maps.

Is is published by UNICEF.

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A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World

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Recommended because A Life Like Mine records the courage, energy, joy, and optimism of children from all over the world. SOme of the children in the book enjoy every privilege in their lives; others have been deprived of some of their basic rights. This book presents the look of the children around the world.

Citation: UNICEF New York: DK publishing. 2002.

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A Month in the Life of Ephtim D. (1999)

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Recommended because this documentary takes a rare and intimate look at the life of Ephtim D., a 73-year-old pensioner and lifetime Communist living in Bulgaria following the collapse of the former Soviet Union. We follow Ephtim D. from the meager dinner table where he and his wife dine, to the park where he walks his dog and meets his friends, who still attend Socialist party meetings in Sofia and reminisce about the “good old days” under communism. Bulgarian with English subtitles and narration (56 minutes). Available for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $195.

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Access Russia

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because Access Russia offers a wide variety of Russia-related items including books, CDs, videos, as well as Russian language educational software and cultural items for gifts or teaching. Based in Sacramento, California. Be aware of the fact that at present (August 2004), Access Russia is only selling videos, but presumably will be offering its full line of products soon.

After the Ball by Leo Tolstoy

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Recommended because this is a lesson plan focusing on the role of chance in our lives, using the short story by Tolstoy as its point of departure. Be aware of the fact that the lesson plan does not contain the text of the short story, but it can be found in the Penguin Classics edition of “Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories,” David McDuff, translator (1986), among other places.

After the Velvet Revolution (1993)

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Recommended because this PBS broadcast provides a first-hand look at the reality of what happened to the people of the former Czechoslovakia in the first three years of democracy. The film follows the lives of five different families and individuals (58 minutes). Available for free loan from the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309).

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Against the Current (1988)

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Recommended because this film gives a Russian perspective on environmental problems caused by Soviet industrialization. Protesters who live near a synthetic protein plant are labeled extremists, but they continue their fight because they are convinced the air pollution is killing their children (27 minutes). Produced in Russia during the Gorbachev era. Be aware of the fact that this film is in Russian with English subtitles. It is available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $60.

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AIDS Races Through Eastern Europe (Health)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because This BBC news website from late 2001 is recommended because it describes the recent increase in AIDS cases in Russia and Eastern Europe. The page is part of the larger BBC report “Aids Around the World,” which includes reports from other world regions as well as internet links. Be aware of the fact that there is a separate section entitled Russia’s Crisis that you can click on to get more specific information about aids in Russia alone.

Akhmatova, Anna (1971)

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Recommended because this documentary video provides various perspectives on Anna Akhmatova (1888-1966), Russian poet adored by her countrymen and called by them “the soul of our time.” Her life and work bridged the country’s Tsarist and Revolutionary periods. Refusing to lend her prestige to Stalin’s rule, she was expelled from the Soviet Writers’ Union and for years suffered desperately. This program presents an overview of her life and work by Irene Moore, a founder of the American Stanislavsky Theater, who recites Akhmatova’s poetry in Russian; and two academics who have written extensively on Akhmatova: Samuel Driver, professor at Brown University, and Irene Kirk, professor at the University of Connecticut. Also featured are many photographs of Akhmatova and her world. Kirk, one of the last Westerners to see the poet alive, tells of their meeting and of Akhmatova’s secret book in her Moscow library where she kept notes of things she wanted to remember (28 minutes). In English. Available for loan from Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $90.

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Albania

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is the official website of the Albanian embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy address and contact information is: 2100 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 223-4942; Fax: (202) 628-7342. Be aware of the fact that the Albanian embassy website merely provides the embassy’s contact information and nothing more.

Aleksandr Nevsky (1938)

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Recommended because this is a historical drama of thirteenth-century Russian prince Alexander who lived peacefully under Mongol occupation, but led the fight against the invading Teutonic Knights at the Battle on the Ice. A powerful film, both for its historic and cultural value. Highly recommended. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein (black & white, 107 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: In Love with Mother Russia

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Recommended because this is a video biography of the Russian writer. “I could not have invented my life better than it invented itself …. All I had to do was take possession of it to write about it.” So says Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Nobel Laureate who has lived the terrible hardships of his landmark novels. In this gripping program, key figures such as Andrei Vassilievsky, the editor of Novy Mir; Nikita Struve, the first publisher of The Gulag Archipelago; and Solzhenitsyn himself, in a rare interview, discuss the events that have both stimulated and shaped a perilous lifetime of writing. Extracts from Archipelago and The Oak and the Calf drive home the harsh realities of life in the U.S.S.R. during the Stalin and Brezhnev regimes (49 minutes). In English. Available for loan from Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Films for the Humanities for $150.

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Alexander Scriabin

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Recommended because this is a biography of Russian composer who lived from 1872 to 1915 (30 minutes). In English. Part of the “Great Composer series,” available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $20.

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Alexander the Sphinx

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a good introduction to the reign of Tsar Alexander I (ruled 1801-25). Be aware of the fact that his reign was somewhat puzzling (hence the reference to the Sphinx) in that he appeared to favor constitutionalism early in his rule, but after the final defeat of Napoleon he became more conservative, even reactionary. It was his death that precipitated the a failed attempt at constitutionalism, the Decembrist revolt. This lecture is by Professor Gerhard Rempel of Western New England College and is part of his Russian history course.

All About Bulgaria

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Recommended because this is a very good FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet about Bulgaria. It is maintained by Dragomir R. Radev (radev@cs.columbia.edu). Topics and materials included in this large and comprehensive site are language and literature, art, cuisine, politics and other sports, history, travel, and connectivity. Also includes links to other Bulgarian resources, including mailing lists and a poetry archive. Be aware of the fact that this website apparently has not been updated since the year 2000, so it has limited value for information on current events.

All Friends Here (Sami Swoi) (1967)

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Recommended because this is the first in the trilogy of the most popular Polish film comedies: the adventures of two families, the Pawlaks and the Karguls (the other two films are “Take It Easy” and “Big Deal”). This film is set just after World War Two when the Pawlaks and the Karguls have moved from their poor little village in the eastern borderland of Poland to the Western Regained Territories. There they settle as neighbors, only to carry on the longstanding dispute they had while living in eastern Poland. The controversy had begun 40 years earlier when Kargul’s cow strayed into Pawlak’s field. Although they could make peace and work together in moments of common danger, these reconciliations never could be sustained — until their children grew up and fell in love with each other. Directed by Sylwester Checinski (78 minutes). In Polish with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $40.

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Alliance or Compliance? Analyzing Power Relationships Inside and Outside Afghanistan

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this lesson (designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12) asks important questions about the US involvement in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Be aware that this lesson plan asks students to think critically about US involvement in Afghanistan, especially its collaboration witht the Northern Alliance against the Taliban. The authors of the lesson plan clearly see US involvement in Afghanistan as part of a pattern in history of the US government allying with dictatorial regimes in order to combat other regimes that are seen as a bigger threat to American interests. The primary source material included in this site is a New York Times article entitled, “Alliance of Convenience.” Produced by the New York Times Learning Network, 2001. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, April 2002, updated July 2003. Start by reading the primary source material for this lesson which is a New York Times article entitled, “Alliance of Convenience.”Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan asks students to think critically about US involvement in Afghanistan, especially its collaboration with the Northern Alliance against the Taliban. The authors of the lesson plan clearly see US involvement in Afghanistan as part of a pattern in history of the US government allying with dictatorial regimes in order to combat other regimes that are seen as a bigger threat to American interests. Produced by the New York Times Learning Network, 2001.

American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS)

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Recommended because the American Councils is a non-profit education and training organization, specializing in the countries of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. American Councils programs include academic exchange, professional training, institution building, research, materials development, technical assistance, and consulting. Start by looking at the “Grants and Fellowship” section which describes programs including school to school exchanges between US and East European high schools, including bringing teachers from abroad here, and sending US teachers to the former Soviet Union.

Amnesty International: Annual Report 2004

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Recommended because this website gives separate reports on human rights violations for each of the Central Asian states. Just look for each listed in alphabetical order in the drop down box to the left side of the screen below “List of Countries.” All of the other countries of the world are listed here as well. Start by going to the Central Asia overview for a general picture of human rights abuses in the region. Be aware of the fact that in Central Asia, human rights violations include unfair elections, repression of political opponents and religious groups, torture and other bad conditions in prisons, etc. This is not surprising given the fact that democracy and basic human rights have yet to arrive in most of Central Asia, despite the collapse of the Soviet Union more than ten years ago. Also, the post-9/11 “War on Terror” is being used by some governments in the region to crack down on dissidents.

An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction : Introduction to a Culture

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because Recommended as a collection of some of the most important works in Russian literature. Arrangement of the selections is chronological and each section places the literary works in their historical context and notes later cultural resonances. Following each text is an introductory guide to primary and secondary sources, including available aesthetic transformations of the work, its subjects, and its motifs in film, video, musical recordings, and art collections. These listings helpfully emphasize Russian rather than non-Russian responses in the arts (e.g. Sergei Bondarchuk’s film adaptation of War and Peace rather than the American version). Professor Rzhevsky is in the Russian department at SUNY, Stony Brook. Available from Amazon.com for $40. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, May 2002, updated 2003.

Citation: Nicholas Rzhevsky (Editor), M.E. Sharpe (1997)

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An Introduction to Russian Literature (1975, 56 minutes)

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Recommended because this video examines Russian history from the early nineteenth century to the present through the eyes of some of its major writers, including Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pasternak, Blok, Akhmatova, and Solzhenitsyn. Availibility: May be borrowed free of charge from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Studies Institute.

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An Unforgettable Summer (1994)

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Recommended because this is a rare feature film about Romania. From the director of the acclaimed THE OAK comes this unconventional love story set against a background of political confusion. Kristin Scott-Thomas is Marie-Therese, the young woman sent to a remote military outpost with her army officer husband and their children. She tries in vain to establish a genteel, civilized presence in this backward region. Ultimately she and her husband are thrown into conflict as he is ordered by his superiors to execute a local group of bandits that may or may not be guilty. Directed by Lucian Pintilie, stars Kristin Scott-Thomas (82 minutes). In Romanian with English subtitles. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (tel: 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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Andrei Rublev (Strasti po Andreiu) (1966)

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Recommended because set during the Mongol domination of Russia, this film is director Andrei Tarkovsky’s critically acclaimed biography of the 15th century Russian monk and icon painter. Despite the poor technical quality of the film, it is recommended because many critics consider this movie to one of the ten best of all time (black & white with color sequence, 185 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $20.

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Andrei Sakharov

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this website provides a brief but thoughtful biography of the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb and later its most respected political dissident and proponent of Western liberalism until his untimely death in 1989–just as Gorbachev’s glastnost was bringing democracy to Russia. One way to view Sakharov is as the “Soviet J. Robert Oppenheimer”. Be aware of the fact that this is part of Time magazine’s excellent “100 Most Important People of the Twentieth Century” website.

Anna (1994)

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Recommended because it combines feature film and documentary in covering the late Soviet period. After filming his daughter Anna over the course of 13 years, director Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun) incorporated that footage with news reports and propaganda films that charted the collapse of the Soviet Union. The result is this intimate, emotionally charged documentary that shows how personal and political life are forever intertwined (99 min). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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Anna Akhmatova (1971)

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Recommended because of the perspectives of this documentary on Anna Akhmatova (1888-1966), Russian poet adored by her countrymen and called by them “the soul of our time.” Her life and work bridged the country’s Tsarist and Revolutionary periods. Refusing to lend her prestige to Stalin’s rule, she was expelled from the Soviet Writers’ Union and for years suffered desperately. This program presents an overview of her life and work by Irene Moore, a founder of the American Stanislavsky Theater, who recites Akhmatova’s poetry in Russian; and two academics who have written extensively on Akhmatova: Samuel Driver, professor at Brown University, and Irene Kirk, professor at the University of Connecticut. Also featured are many photographs of Akhmatova and her world. Kirk, one of the last Westerners to see the poet alive, tells of their meeting and of Akhmatova’s secret book in her Moscow library where she kept notes of things she wanted to remember (28 minutes). In English. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $90.

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Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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Anton Chekhov (1860–1904): An Index to Online Great Books in English Translation

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this website is a source for complete online texts of several of Chekhov’s works: “Black Monk,” “Sleepy-Eye,” “The Party,” “The Grasshopper,” and “Mire.”Start by finding Chekhov on the list of C-writers. Be aware of the fact that this is part of the Great Books Index, which also features the works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

Armenia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Armenian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Dr. Arman Kirakossian, 2225 R Street, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: (202) 319-1976 Fax: (202) 319-2982 E-mail: amembusadm@msn.com URL: http://www.armeniaemb.org/ Start by clicking on the Discover Armenia link at the top center of the website–it provides a wealth of information on the history and culture of Armenia.

Austria-Hungary, Czech and Slovak History

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Recommended because the Hapsburg and Austro-Hungarian Empires ruled what is now Austria, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, southern Poland,and Croatia from about 1500 to 1918. This website gives links to general sources on Hungarian, Czech, and Slovak history, as well as Hapsburg history. Start by clicking on the excellent General History of Austria section. Be aware of the fact that this is a commercial website–you may get some advertising “pop-ups” when you use it. Part of the History Net site.

Azerbaijan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Azerbaijan embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Hafiz M. Pashayev 927 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20035 Tel: (202) 842-0001 Fax: (202) 842-0004 E-mail: azerbaijan@tidalwave.net URL: http://www.azembassy.com/ Start by clicking on About Azerbaijan which provides a great deal of well organized information about the history, politics, and culture of Azerbaijan.

Baba Yaga

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Recommended because This lesson plan dealing with the Russian folktale Baba Yaga is recommended for students grade 2-4. Be aware of the fact that the text of Baba Yaga is not included here, but the site does give the list of several books and anthologies where that folktale can be found. Part of the larger “Educator’s Reference Desk” website.

Back to Chernobyl (1989)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because although it is somewhat dated now, this video is still a high-quality documentary investigating the adverse health effects of history’s worst nuclear power plant accident three years after it occurred on April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine, USSR. Also shown is footage of the disaster itself. Produced by NOVA and PBS (60 minutes), may be borrowed from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies, apparently out of print.

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Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia (1992)

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Recommended because this is a fine travelogue tour of the Baltic states, including Lithuania’s Trakai Castle, a tour of ancient Riga, and Estonia’s festival of folk music (54 minutes). In English. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $25.

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Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin) (1925)

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Recommended because this is a classic early Soviet film which commemorates a mutiny aboard a Russian warship anchored at Odessa, Russia, during the Revolution of 1905. Great for getting a sense of the Soviet perspective on 1905, the precursor to the successful communist revolution in 1917. As a bonus, the “Odessa Steps” scene is one of the most widely discussed sequences in film history. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein (black & white, 66 minutes). Silent with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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BBC News: Europe

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its famously unbiased news reporting. In addition to the latest news coverage from the region, this website contains a wealth of European links including country profiles and the BBC World Service radio broadcast, “Europe Today.”Be aware of the fact that there is also a “Country Profiles” section that gives excellent background information on all countries, including the country’s history as well as articles on recent developments.

BBC’s coverage of War in Chechnya (Human Rights/Health)

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Recommended because of its extensive coverage of the war in Chechnya and the troubles in the Caucasus region in general. Be aware of the fact that there is a forum section where you can listen to the interviews of Russian Spokesman on a subject Mikhail Margelov

Before Gorbachev: From Stalin to Brezhnev (1977)

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Recommended because this film, which was made in the Soviet Union in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the October Revolution, documents the history of the USSR for those 60 years, emphasizing progress and the success of the communist system. Recommended as a crash course in 20th century Russian history from a Soviet point of view (50 minutes). Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), but is apparently out of print.

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Before the Rain (1994)

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Recommended because this is a remarkable film that shows both the beauty of Macedonia and the violence and hatred that exists between its ethnic Macedonian and Albanian peoples. In a monastery in Macedonia, a young man must abandon his vow of silence to save a girl from a mob. In London, a woman, torn between a loveless marriage and a passionate affair with a war photographer finds fate dictates a choice she could not make on her own. And in Yugoslavia, the photographer returns to a nation divided by religious hatred and violence. His effort to salvage some small portion of peace will have an impact no one could foresee, and bring all three stories full circle. Directed by Milcho Manchevski (112 minutes). In Macedonian with English subtitles. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (tel: 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), but is apparently out of print.

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Behind the Urals

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Recommended because Recommended as an account of Soviet industrialization, told by a young American welder who helped build the steel mills at Magnitigorsk in the 1930s. Chronicles both the remarkable successes of Soviet industrialization as well as its very high human cost. Available from Amazon.com for $15.95.Reviewed by Bill Wolf, August 2003.

Citation: John Scott (1989)

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Belarus

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Recommended because this is the website of the Belarus embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Charg

Belgrade Ancient and New: Its History, Art, and Architecture (1992)

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Recommended because this is a documentary focusing on the capital city of Serbia. Produced by Donya Schimansky, narrated by Mary Gaydos. In English. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (tel: 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), but is apparently out of print.

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Belgrade Radio B92

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the English-language site of B92 radio is an important independent media outlet in Serbia. Start by going to the “Main Stories” section. Be aware of the fact that this site includes Real Audio, frequent updates, and some streaming video. Originally reviewed by Jason Vuic.

Bellona Foundation

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Recommended because this is an unmatched source of information on nuclear waste and radioactive pollution in Russia and the former Soviet Union. One large source of nuclear contamination, for example, is the rusting atomic submarines of the Russian navy at anchor in the Arctic Ocean. A very large website with a wealth of information on nuclear contamination. Start by clicking on the About Bellona button in the upper left hand corner of the website to learn what this environmental organization is all about.

Beyond the Fall: The Former Soviet Bloc in Transition, 1989-99

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Recommended because this Time Magazine website features a photographic record of Eastern Europe for the decade beginning with the fall of Communism in Europe. Although the narration is not very detailed, the photographs give the viewer a remarkable picture of a region in transition from socialism to the free market. Start by clicking on “Introduction,” which explains the purpose of the website and provides its background. Be aware of the fact that these photographs were taken as much or more for their artistic rather than historical value. Suitable for grades 7-12.

Beyond the Pale: The History of Jews in Russia

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Recommended because of its comprehensive approach to this subject. Topics in this website include not only a detailed history of Jews in Russia (including the Holocaust and the Soviet purges) from the late eighteenth century to the present, but also the roots of anti-Semitism in European history. This is an extremely professional production with dozens of high-quality photographs to complement the narratives. Start by looking at the “Exhibit Guide.”Be aware of the fact that this website has both an English and Russian language version.

Big Deal (Kochaj Albo Rzuc) (1978)

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Recommended because this is the third in the comedy trilogy of the Pawlak and Kargul families’ saga (the other two films are “All Friends Here” and “Take It Easy”). In this film, Pawlak and Kargul travel to the United States on the invitation of Pawlak’s brother. Many humorous situations develop as the Polish pair encounters the strange customs of life in America (great for seeing how Poles view the US!). Directed by Sylwester Checinski (112 minutes). In Polish with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $40.

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Borderland : A Journey Through the History of Ukraine (2000)

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Recommended because this book is not just a history of Ukraine, it is also about Ukraine today–its politics, economy, culture, and how its history has shaped all of them. Former Kiev correspondent for The Economist Anna Reid has produced an engaging and useful introduction to the very complex nation of Ukraine. Available through Amazon.com for $11.90.

Citation: Anna Reid, Westview Press

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Bosnia and Herzogovina

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is the website of the Bosnia and Herzogovina embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Igor Davidovic, 2109 E Street NW, Washington DC 20037. Tel: (202) 337-1500. Fax: (202) 337-1502. E-mail: info@bhembassy.org URL: http://www.bhembassy.org/

Bosnia: Peace Without Honor (1995)

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Recommended because this program traces the roots of the Bosnian conflict through the 1992-1995 efforts of America’s Cyrus Vance and Britain’s David Owen to negotiate a lasting peace. Both diplomats expose the role of world powers in brokering, mediating, and at times exacerbating the regional conflict. Owen attributes failures to establish an equitable regional government to the election of Bill Clinton and the resulting American foreign policy shifts, particularly the placement of UN troops in strategic Serbian sites. A BBC Production (40 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (tel: 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Films for the Humanities for $100.

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Bought & Sold: An Investigative Documentary About the International Trade in Women (1998, 42 minutes)

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Recommended because this is an investigative documentary about the international trade in women, and includes new material from Global Survival Network’s two-year undercover investigation into the traffic in women for prostitution out of Russia. This video includes undercover footage of meetings with the Russian mafia, interviews with women who were trafficked overseas and perspectives from experts from around the world about how to address the problem. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for loan from the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), not clear where it may be purchased.

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BRAMA: Gateway Ukraine

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Recommended because BRAMA — Gateway Ukraine is a comprehensive search engine with categorized links to sources related to Ukraine and Ukrainians. Start by simply scrolling down the page and getting a sense of all the different hyperlinked categories and subcategories that are listed here. You are bound to find something of interest. Be aware of the fact that this site is available in Ukrainian and English. A very valuable source of information on Ukraine.

Brave New World: The Cold War Begins (194Slavic and Eastern Europe-62)

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Recommended because this film tracks the building tension between the two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, from the post-WWII world of the 1940s through the 1960s, as the hope for post- war peace swiftly disintegrates into a “cold” war of competing ideologies between East and West. Interviews include the following subjects: meeting on the Elbe, refugees in Europe, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill at Fulton, Nikita Khrushchev, propaganda wars, NATA, Berlin blockade, Korea, Hungarian uprising, Berlin Wall (60 minutes). Part of the “People’s Century” series. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or Keisel.1@osu.edu) or may be purchased from Amazon.com for $20.

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Brodsky, Joseph: A Maddening Space (Mystic Fire Video, 1995, 60 minutes)

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Recommended because this is a portrait of Nobel prize-winning poet, essayist and controversial former dissident Joseph Brodsky which includes an overview of his troubled life in the Soviet Union, his emigration to the U.S. and his devotion to American literature, and is full of examples of both his poetry and his critical essays. Avalibility: May be borrowed free of charge from the Harvard University National Resource Center for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies.

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Brookings Institution

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Recommended because Brookings is a private, non-partisan research institution based in Washington, DC. It conducts a huge amount of research on political, economic, and security issues relating to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Much of this research is published online. It is both very current and highly readable, even for non-specialists. Start by clicking on the “Foreign Policy Studies” section and then clicking on “Research” to find regional groupings including The Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, Europe, and Russia and Eurasia. Each region has a dozen or more articles. Brookings also has archived articles, as well as wonderful links to related websites.

Brother (Brat) (1997)

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Recommended because this is a film set in post-Soviet St. Petersburg. The story begins as a young soldier returns to civilian life by working with his older brother as a hired assassin. This film has become a cult classic in Russia. It is very good for getting a glimpse at the darker side of life in post-Soviet Russia, a life that is replete with drugs, gangsters, violence, and a lack of a sense of purpose (i.e., the changes that cause many older Russians to want to return to the “good old days” of communism when life was more orderly, there was less crime, and one did not see gangsters dining in restaurants or speeding by in foreign luxury cars. Even though this film portrays the “New” Russia, one should not think that this movie portrays “typical” life in Russia in the late 1990s. Directed by Aleksei Balabanov (95 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $80.

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Bucknell University Russian Department

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Recommended because Bucknell University’s Russian Studies website is one of the richest sources of information on Russian culture, history, and language. Much of the material was compiled at Bucknell (for example the fantastic pages on Russian literature), but there are great links to external websites, too. Start by clicking on “Resources” to gain access to a multitude of Russian studies materials online. Be aware of the fact that each icon breaks down into sub-topics once it is clicked on.

Budapest (1995)

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Recommended because it is part of the “Super Cities” series. The video is a travelogue-type portrayal of the Hungarian capital which delves into the city’s history and culture (30 minutes). In English. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $10.

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Budapest Sun

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Recommended because of its detailed news coverage of Hungarian politics, society, and business. Be aware of the “Style” section which contains lots of good Hungarian cultural reporting, including travel articles take you to historic and picturesque Hungarian cities. A very well-organized and quite comprehensive website.

Bulgakov’s “Master and Margarita”

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Recommended because This is a guide site for Bulgakov’s controversial novel “Master and Margarita” which gained its popularity only after the breakup of the USSR as it wasn’t understood and accepted before. This site helps an English reader understand the novel and provides theme interpretations. Start by going to the Introduction section and reading about How to Use the site. Be aware of you can learn about Bulgakov as an author and his biography by going to the LINKS section of the website. It will direct you to more materials on the subject.

Bulgaria

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Recommended because This is the website of the Bulgarian embassy to Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, 1621 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 387-0174 Fax: (202) 234-7973; E-mail: office@bulgaria-embassy.org URL: http://www.bulgaria-embassy.org Start by simply scrolling down this website. It is very unorthodox and has an entire gamut of subjects covered in an almost newsletter-type format.

Bulgaria (Nations in Transition series)

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Recommended because Recommended as a good source on the Balkan nation of Bulgaria. Designed for Grades 7-10. Topics and materials include an introductory chapter on history followed by individual sections on government, religion, economy, culture, cities and daily life. Present problems and future solutions are discussed in the concluding chapter. Otfinoski spends less time describing the transition period; instead he includes a chapter on cities that reads like an upbeat travel guide. This may confuse the reader because its optimism seems to clash with information elsewhere about economic difficulties. There are also a few serious internal contradictions, but the book does have sparks of good writing. Reviewed by and available for free loan from the University of Illinois’ Russian and East European Center, or may be purchased from Amazon.com for $25.00. Updated September 2003.

Citation: Steven Otfinoski, Facts on File (1999)

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Buried Alive: Afghan Women Under the Taliban

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Recommended because this is an article written on 1998 on the deplorable state of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. While somewhat dated since the Taliban are no longer in power, this piece gives the reader a graphic portrayal of how women suffered during the years of Taliban rule. Be aware of the fact that this article was written for “On the Issues” the Progressive Women’s Quarterly.

Burnt by the Sun (1994)

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Recommended because this film is set in 1937 (at the height of Stalin’s “Terror”) in a country home just outside of Moscow. The film shows how the victims of Soviet repression came from all segments of Russian society. A very good film, but also quite complex, and it may be above the heads of most secondary school students. Winner of the 1994 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Russian-French co-production (134 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $20.

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Carpathian Journey (1997)

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Recommended because it permits you to travel through the most picturesque part of Ukraine, the famous Carpathian mountains and surrounding countryside, towns, and villages and to come in contact with the people and animals that inhabit them. View the cities of Ivano Frankivsk and Kolomyya, the gateways to the Carpathian Mountains, Uzhhorod, Mukachiv, Yaremcha, Kosiv, Verkhovyna and Vyzhnytsia. Visit the colorful Kosiv Hutzul Arts and Crafts and Animal Bazaar. Observe the customs and traditions of the Hutzul people, their architecture and ancient way of life and take part in a typical Hutzul wedding (60 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Yevshan for $25.

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Catherine and Peter: The Odd Couple

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Recommended because it is a good website for combining facts with fun in discussing the relationship of the young Catherine the Great with her Russian husband whom she eventually supplanted. Be aware of that this website has links to other related periods in Imperial Russian history including a couple on Catherine (Catherine the Great’s Ascent and Russia’s Dark Enlightenment) as well as Peter the Great.

Catherine the Great: Life and Legend

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Recommended because Recommended because there are several good biographies of Catherine and this is one of them. It is both scholarly and accessible to the general reader. Availability: may be purchased in paperback from Amazon.com for $15.05.Reviewed by Bill Wolf, August 2003.

Citation: John T. Alexander (1989)

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Central Asia Caucasus Analyst

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Recommended because this is a biweekly summary of news and analysis of events in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The “Analyst” is compiled at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Article authors are scholars from around the world. The website contains an archive of past articles in addition to listing current ones. Materials include news, field reports, and analytical articles Be aware of the possibility that this website may be too advanced for most students as it has a very academic tone.

Central Asia: Kirghizstan & Uzbekistan (1997)

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Recommended because this Lonely Planet video serves as a great introduction to two former Soviet republics in Central Asia. With host Ian Wright, the viewer is taken on a ride in an old Red Army helicopter, joins in evening entertainments including ram butting and wrestling, meets an eagle trainer, and participates in a horse trek meeting nomadic shepherds. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (tel: 614-292-8770, or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Lonely Planet for $20.

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Chapayev (1934)

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Recommended because this is not only a Soviet film classic, but one of the most popular of all Soviet films as well. The story of a legendary Red Army commander during the Russian Civil War (1918-20), a hero whose popularity was all the greater because “he was a man of the people, unlettered but thirsting for knowledge — like many of the film’s viewers — as well as witty and brave” (Richard Stites). Directed by Sergei and Georgi Vasiliev (94 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $50.

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Chernobyl: Ten Years Later

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Recommended because of its detailed coverage of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster through a series of Time Magazine articles written over the course of a decade. Start by simply reading the text of the story–which is accompanied by excellent photographs, then have a look at the additional Time articles on the subject. Be aware of the fact that there is an excellent Map and Charts section included in this website.

Christiaan Stange’s Dostoevsky Research Station

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Recommended because this is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive Dostoevsky website. Start by clicking on the portrait of Dostoevsky to get past the introductory page. Be aware of the fact that topics and materials include several of Dostoevsky’s novels online, a chronology of the author’s life, list of Dostoevsky literary criticism, internet links, and more.

CIA World Factbook 2002

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Recommended because it provides a wealth of very recent statistical information about each country in the world, including: an introduction, geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. Country maps are good but slow to download. Start by choosing a country on the drop-down menu near the top of the screen. Be aware of the fact that the CIA World Factbook can be downloaded as a ZIP format file and that this website is fully searchable.

Citizen Kurchatov: Stalin’s Bomb Maker

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Recommended because this is a biography of Igor Kurchatov, the father of the Soviet atomic bomb. It provides insight into a number of issues: the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs; the history of the Soviet Union under Stalin and Khrushchev; the Cold War rivalry between the US and USSR. Start by going to the site index. This website is so extensive that it is hard to know where to begin and the site index provides a great overview. Be aware of the fact that there are a number of good links to other websites dealing with nuclear weapons issues. Based on the PBS documentary by the same name. Website produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting in 1999.

Closely Watched Trains (1966)

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Recommended because this is an ironic film about a young man on his first job in a small town railroad station. Set in Czechoslovakia during World War II and the Nazi occupation, this film is both funny and sad. Directed by Jiri Menzel (black & white, 89 minutes). In Czech with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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CNN Bosnia Website

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Recommended because this is CNN’s site for news from Bosnia. Topics and materials include news stories, maps, analysis, relief agency information, relevant links, and archival material. Be aware of the fact that it hasn’t been updated since 1996, but valuable nonetheless. Originally reviewed by Jason Vuic.

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (Women)

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Recommended because The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s human rights. It works internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms. Start by checking the Factbook to get specific information on women from Eastern Europe (or any other area of interest for that matter). Be aware of the fact that since 1991 (when the Soviet Union collapsed) there has been a huge increase in the number of East European women, especially from Russia and Ukraine, who have become unwilling sex slaves in Europe and the Middle East. CATW publicizes this revival of human slavery in its worst form.

Cold Days (1991)

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Recommended because this is a drama based on the massacre of several thousand Jewish and Serbian people from the Novi Sad area during the Second World War. The film is structured around the memories and self-justifications of four men involved in the massacre as they await trial in 1946. Each, of course, denies his complicity or responsibility for the events — either he was just obeying orders and thus had no choice in the matter, or, in one case, he simply helped dispose of the corpses rather than taking part in the killing. Directed by Andras Kovacs (102 min). In Hungarian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $60.

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Cold War (1998)

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Recommended because this CNN documentary (in English) is a very good history of the Cold War in twenty-four episodes. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. Each segment is about 48 minutes long, and all episodes are described below. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or Keisel.1@osu.edu) or may be purchased from Amazon.com for $99.92. Be aware of the fact that each of the twenty-four episodes is described below, in alphabetical order: Episode One, Episode Two, etc.

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Collapse of the USSR: Ten Years On

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Recommended because this BBC produced website does two things very well. First, it gives a detailed chronology and analysis of how and why the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Secondly, it reports on how each of the fifteen newly independent states of the former Soviet Union were doing in 2001, a full decade after the USSR imploded. An excellent website. Start by clicking on “Timeline: Countdown to Collapse,” which provides a very good summary of important events between Gorbachev’s accession to power in 1985 and the end of the Soviet Union in late 1991. Be aware of the fact that this is a very extensive website. Each of the four sections is very rich in information and contains numerous subsections.

Collectivization and Industrialization (1928-33)

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Recommended because this website is part of the Library of Congress’s Soviet Archive Exhibit and it provides excellent background information on Stalin’s plan of modernization for the USSR, launched in 1928-29, which called for the industrialization of Soviet Russia financed by the collectivization (i.e., socialization) of Soviet agriculture. The narrative is supplemented by recently released documents from the old Soviet archives which show how collectivization led to massive loss of livestock and even famine among the peasantry. Start by reading the text and looking at the accompanying Soviet documents. Be aware of the link between agricultural collectivization and the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33, which led to the deaths of five to ten million peasants.

Come and See (1985)

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Recommended because this is a dramatization of the horrors of the Nazi-Soviet war in Belorussia which some have likened to Schindler’s List in terms of its sobering impact. The destruction and human suffering in the USSR caused by the Second World War was on such a huge scale that it is difficult to comprehend; but no area of the former Soviet Union was more devastated by the war than Belorussia. This film graphically portrays the carnage and physical ruin that occurred there (131 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $25.

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Commissar (1967)

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Recommended because this film is based on Vasily Grossman’s “In the Town of Berdichev”. This classic film is recommended because it tells the story of a tough Bolshevik military commissar who must leave the Civil War front in the Ukraine to bear the child she had no time to abort (and whose father she shot for desertion without remorse). Her confinement in the home of a poor but happy Jewish family changes her life. Because of its unorthodoxy (depiction of a Bolshevik commissar having a child out of wedlock as well as its strong Jewish themes), the film was not released until 1987. Directed by Alexandr Askoldov (black & white, 105 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $60.

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Communism: Legacy of Pollution (1997, 25 minutes)

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Recommended because of the insight it provides into environmental issues of Central Europe. In the wake of communism’s decline in Eastern Europe, the environmental legacy of communism has been revealed. The Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany form a black triangle of aggressive air pollution with which these newly democratic states must now contend. This film outlines the work of the European Union to help these countries moderate their industrial pollution. Be aware of the fact that this film is available for free loan from Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute (contact Denise Gardiner at reei@indiana.edu or call 812-85Slavic and Eastern Europe-7309), but not clear where it may be purchased.

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Conflict in Chechnya: Russia’s Renegade Republic

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Recommended because this is an excellent website for up-to-date information on the wartorn region of Chechnya, a republic within the Russian federation that has sought indepedence from Moscow through a military rebellion against Russian authority. Start by going to the Early History section of the site. Here you will find great background information on why Chechens were dissatisfied with Russian rule even in the 19th century. Be aware of the fact that there are many valuable sections to this website, including wonderful maps, a timeline of Chechen history starting in 1991, detailed information on Chechen separatism, how the Russian government in Moscow views the Chechen problem, a forum on Chechnya, as well as archived reports on Chechnya going back to 1996. Produced by the PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Credo: The Russian Orthodox Church (1992)

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Recommended because this film captures the sights and smells and other-worldly color of the revived Orthodox Church in Russia and traces its history, from oppression under Stalin to its newfound freedom. Some fascinating and often deeply moving interviews with families of believers complement the visual splendor of Church worship. The program also examines the new challenge to orthodoxy presented by the rival Catholic Church competing in a free market of souls (30 minutes). In English. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Films for the Humanities for $90.

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Crime and Punishment (Prestuplenie i nakazanie) (1970)

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Recommended because this is a faithful rendition of the Dostoevsky novel, produced in Russia. In Russian with English subtitles, but the latter are white and at times are difficult to read (black & white, 220 min). Available for loan from Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $30.

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Crime and Punishment: Summary and Study Guide

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Recommended because this website contains a very thorough chapter by chapter summary of the novel, followed by “Study Topics” and “Some Facts that the Reader Should Know.” Very well done. Be aware of the fact that this site was produced by Middlebury College in Vermont which has one of the strongest Russian language and literature departments in the US.

Croatia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Croatian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Ivan Grdesic, 2343 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 588-5899 Fax: (202) 588-8936 E-mail: webmaster@croatiaemb.org URL: http://www.croatiaemb.org/

Cultural Atlas of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (Cultural Atlas Series)

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Recommended because this publication (revised 1998 edition) is a dazzling display of the history and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union through 50 maps and 300 photographs (200 in color). A survey of Russian civilization from prehistory to the present. Be aware of the fact that this resource is available from Amazon.com for $35. Originally reviewed by Bill Wolf, April 2002.

Citation: R. R. Milner-Gulland, Nikalai Dijeuski, Robin Miner-Gulland, Nikolai Dejevsky; 240 pages

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Czech Republic

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Recommended because this is the website of the Czech embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Martin Palou, Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, Washington D.C., 20008. Tel: (202) 274-9100 E-mail: no address given URL: http://www.mzv.cz/washington/

Czech Republic: Radio Prague

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Recommended because from this website one can listen to English language broadcasts of Radio Prague, the official state broadcast of the Czech Republic. Start by scanning the Radio Prague website (in English) which also contains up-to-date news articles, as well as a wealth of information on Czech culture (for example, Czech beer!) and history. Be aware of the excellent section “Photo Tour of Prague,” highlighting one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Czechoslovakia (Video Visits) (1991)

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Recommended because this is a terrific introduction to the history, culture, and people of Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia). In this fairyland of medieval castles and architectural treasures, East meets West to weave a fascinating cultural tapestry. Uncover the valiant history that lies behind Czechoslovakia’s struggle for democracy, tour the capital city of Prague with its historic Old Town Square, the Prague Castle, and the St. Vitus cathedral. Explore the Abyss of Macocha, and lose yourself in the vast interconnecting tunnels of Punkva Cave. Hope for good weather for a cable car ride up the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia. Listen to the haunting staccato of the shepherd’s ancient fujara, and delight in the artistry of a contemporary puppet play. Experience this proud nation, and celebrate the awakening of its triumph and tradition (55 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or Keisel.1@osu.edu) or available from Amazon.com for $25.

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Dateline 1956: Budapest (1991)

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Recommended because this is a high quality historical documentary exploring the national and international events that led to Hungary’s brief period of freedom, and the November 4th Soviet military invasion that crushed the Hungarian revolution (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1968: Czechoslovakia (1991)

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Recommended because this is a fine documentary on Czech history beginning with the Prague Spring and ending with the Soviet suppression (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1980: Gdansk (1991)

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Recommended because this is a great historical documentary on late-Twentieth Century Polish history. The focus is the strike at the Lenin Shipyard to protest Communist rule and the deteriorating Polish economy. Also, the growth of Solidarity under Lech Walesa is described (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1985: Moscow (1991)

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Recommended because this documentary provides a review of Soviet leaders preceding Gorbachev and an examination of Glasnost and Perestroika (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu). Apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1989: Hungary (1991)

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Recommended because this historical documentary covers events from the 1956 uprising which was eventually crushed by Soviet tanks, through the 1980s moves toward democratic reform (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1989: Prague (1991)

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Recommended because this is a very good documentary on the history of Czechoslovakia from the Soviet invasion of 1968 to the election of Vaclav Havel in 1989 (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Dateline 1989: Romania (1991)

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Recommended because this documentary shows how the Communist system was overthrown in Romania, including the events at Timisoara that led to Romanian dictator Ceausescu’s fall (23 minutes). Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu); apparently out of print.

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Defense Mechanisms:Exploring the Recent History of Nuclear Diplomacy Between Russia and the United States

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Recommended because this lesson sheds light on the nuclear arms race between the US and Russia, a competition which continues more than a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students examine the Cold War roots of the recent debate over the construction of United States and Russian missile defense shields. Start by reading the NYT article,Putin Says Russia Would Counter US Shield, upon which the lesson is based. Be aware of the fact that this lesson plan was published by the New York Times Learning Network, 2001, and is designed for grades 6-8 and 9-12. Also, be aware that this article is dated now, since the US has decided to build a nuclear shield and Russia has taken the decision not to try to build a shield of its own.

Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family

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Recommended because this a well-written biography which tells the story of a family uprooted from their home during World War II. Yoshiko Uchida had been living a fairly normal life with her Nisei sister and Issei family in Berkley before the war broke out. However, their family is ripped apart because U.S. government uprooted them and forced them into a desert exile with thousands of other Japanese Americans. This book is appropriate for students in grades 9-12.

Citation: Uchida, Yoshiko University of Washington Press 1984 ISBN 0295961902

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Destination: Ukraine

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Recommended because great interactive way to learn about this marvelous Eastern European country which had a democratic peaceful revolution just recently achieving success and establishing a new pro-European president. Start by browsing through recent news

Diamonds in the Dark (1999)

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Recommended because from a traditional village bordering Ukraine, to the relatively sophisticated city of Bucharest, this video tells the stories of ten Romanian women. We see and hear how they lived under the old regime, and how they are confronting the new problems of the post-communist era. Film by Olivia Carrescia (60 minutes). Available for free loan from the Indiana University Russian and East European Institute or may be purchased from First Run Icarus Films for $390.

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Diamonds of the Night (1964)

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Recommended because this is a feature film on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. Based on the story by Arnost Lustig, this film is about two Czech Jewish boys who escape from a train which is transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately they are hunted down by a group of senile home guards. The film goes beyond the theme of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man’s struggle to preserve human dignity. Directed by Jan Nemec (B&W, 64 min). In Czech with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $60.

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Divided We Fall (2000)

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Recommended because this is a feature film on persecution of Jews in Eastern Europe under the Nazis. In German-occupied Czechoslovakia, a young couple provides shelter to a Jewish neighbor, taking extreme and sometimes comical measures to protect him and themselves. Petr Jarchovsky, with director Jan Hrebejk, adapted his own novel for this Oscar-nominated feature (122 minutes). In Czech with English subtitles. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), or for purchase from Facets Multimedia for $15.

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Doctors Without Borders

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this international organization based in France reports on humanitarian crises throughout the world. Currently it is heavily involved in Afghanistan, as well as in Russia where it is most concerned about the war in Chechnya and the tuberculosis epidemic among the Russian prison population. Reports on these and other regional issues can be found on the DWB website. Start by by typing a country or subject you are interested in the site’s search engine. When searching with “Russia” recently the search engine returned 84 separate reports.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment

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Recommended because considered the first modern novel, Crime and Punishment is both a compelling psychodrama and an unrelenting examination of modern humankind. This video is recommended because it skillfully interweaves riveting dramatizations of Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Eastern Europe: 1900-1939

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Recommended because this program traces the history of Eastern Europe from the reign of Franz Josef to the rise of Hitler and the beginnings of the Second World War. Topics covered include the war for Macedonia pitting Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece against the Turks; political manipulation of the Balkans by Russia, Austria, Britain, and France; domination of Serbia; the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; the fall of czarist Russia; the Hungarian Revolution of 1918; rise of the Communist Party; birth of the Czechoslovakian Republic; the Treaty of Versailles; the rise of Marshal Pilsudski in Poland; formation of the United Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes; and the Munich Conference (55 minutes). This video is the first part of the “Eastern Europe: Political Powder Keg” series described below.

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Eastern Europe: 1939-1953

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Recommended because the events leading up to World War II had a devastating political and economic effect on Eastern Europe, as did the rise of Stalin and the thirst for empire of the Soviet Union. This program traces how both Hitler’s and Stalin’s quests for power left this vulnerable area of the world permanently destabilized. Topics include the invasion of Poland by Germany; intrigues and internal politics of the Balkan States; declaration of Croatian independence; the war between Russia and Germany; the Warsaw Ghetto; Marshal Tito and the Anti-Fascist Liberation Council; the battle for Stalingrad; American intervention; the Slavic resistance movement; the Yalta Conference; the Potsdam Conference; the Communist takeover; Tito’s break with Moscow; and closing of the Iron Curtain (59 minutes). This video is the second part of the “Eastern Europe: Political Powder Keg” series described below.

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Eastern Europe: 1953-1991

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Recommended because this program begins with the death of Stalin, which precipitated a rash of political intrigues in the Balkans, and ends with the fall of Communism. Topics include the rise of Nikita Khrushchev; the 1956 Polish Workers Revolt; the liberation of Cardinal Wyszynski; the Hungarian Revolt; the rise of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania; Tito’s socialism; the Czechoslovakian Revolution; the death of Tito; the Helsinki Conference; Lech Walesa and the Polish miners’ strike; Gorbachev and perestroika; and the rise of democracy (59 minutes). This video is the third part of the “Eastern Europe: Political Powder Keg” series described below.

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Eastern Europe: Political Powder Keg

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Recommended because this is a three-part series (each segment is described above) which provides an in-depth look at the troubled history of a part of the world that has served as a linchpin and tinderbox for much of the 20th century. The programs use rare archival footage to trace events from 1900 to the fall of Communism and the rise of democracy. 3-part series, 5Slavic and Eastern Europe-59 minutes each. Available for free loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or Keisel.1@osu.edu) or the three tape set may be purchased from Films for the Humanities $345.95.

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Eastern Europe: Socio-Economic Change in the 90s (1995)

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Recommended because the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 brought the hope of political and economic freedom for millions. For some in that region, life has never been better. Others still mourn the passing of the security of life under communist rule. This film is recommended because students will have the opportunity to examine both sides of life in post-communist Eastern Europe. In doing so, students will be able to draw their own conclusions about the pros and cons of life in democratic and communist societies. A CNN production that includes a 13-page teachers’ curriculum guide (45 min). In English. Available for loan from the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write Keisel.1@osu.edu), but apparently out of print.

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Electronic Library

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this library contains online versions of numerous works by many classical Russian writers from Pushkin to Bulgakov. Start by learning Russian if you don’t already know that strange and beautiful language. If you already know it start by selecting an author. Be aware of the fact that this site is entirely in Russian. You can also get to current russian literature and poetry, as well as to literature of 30s and 90s by clicking on the corresponding tabs.

Episode Eight: Sputnik, 1949-1961

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Recommended because in the mid-50s, the Soviet Union seems to be forging ahead. In October 1957, the first Soviet satellite Sputnik orbits the earth–to the dismay and fear of the United States, frustrated by its own ineffectual space program. In 1961, the Soviets launch Yuri Gargarin into space. American will have to meet the challenge. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Eighteen: Backyard, 1954-1990

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Recommended because the United States has always regarded Latin America as its own backyard. Fearing the spread of communism, it seeks to destabilize leftist governments. In 1973, the CIA helps overthrow the Chilean President Salvador Allende. In the 1980s, it supports right-wing extremists in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Eleven: Vietnam, 1954-1968

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Recommended because Vietnam has been divided since the end of French colonial rule. The North is run by communists, the South by anti-Communists. Ignoring warnings against involvement in a nationalist struggle, the United States commits its armed forces. American protests against the war mount. The United States realizes this is not a war it can win. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Fifteen: China, 1949-1972

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Recommended because Chinese communists win the longest civil war in 20th century history. Mao’s land reforms are popular, but in 1958 he embarks on a series of catastrophic changes. China maintains an increasingly uneasy relationship with the Soviet Union. In 1960 the Sino-Soviet split paves the way for President Nixon’s historic visit to Beijing. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Five: Korea, 1949-1953

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Recommended because in June 1950 North Korea invades the South with Stalin’s blessing. The United States, backed by the United Nations, defends South Korea, and then is confronted by communist China. In mid-1951 the war grinds to a bloody stalemate but eventually an armistice is signed. Aggression has been contained. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Four: Berlin, 1948-1949

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Recommended because in Berlin, the American, British, and French sectors form a Western enclave in the Soviet zone of divided Germany. In June 1948, the Soviets blockade the city, but the Western allies successfully airlift in supplies. In August 1949, Soviet scientists explode an atomic bomb, establishing nuclear parity between the two superpowers. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Fourteen: Red Spring, The Sixties

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Recommended because in the Soviet bloc, communist rule stifles ambition and achievement. Soviet defense expenditure cripples economic growth. The young lust for totems of America’s youth culture–blue jeans and rock and roll. In Czechoslovakia, Dubcek attempts limited reform, but in 1968, Soviet force crushes the Prague Spring. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Nine: The Wall, 1958-1963

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Recommended because the fate of Germany remains unresolved. West Germany has been admitted to NATO. Within East Germany, Berlin is divided between East and West by an open border. Thousands seize the chance to flee the communist system. To keep their people in, the East Germans with Soviet backing, build their wall. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Nineteen: Freeze, 1977-1981

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Recommended because concern for human rights in the East grows. Detente ebbs. The Soviets arm Eastern Europe. The US threatens to place missiles in Western Europe. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ends detente. Promising tougher measures against Moscow, Reagan defeats Carter for the presidency. In Poland martial law is imposed. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode One: Comrades, 19Africa-1945

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Recommended because though ideological enemies, the Soviet Union and the United States are allies against Hitler during World War II. At the end of the war, Europe is divided, and the one-time allies now confront each other. The United States has the atomic bomb. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Seven: After Stalin, 1953-1956

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Recommended because thaw is conceivable with Stalin’s death. Khrushchev outmaneuvers Malenkov for power and visits the West. Germans, Poles, and Hungarians attempt to rise against Soviet rule. In 1956, an uprising in Hungary is ruthlessly crushed by Soviet tanks. The United States, pledged to contain rather than overthrow communism, does nothing. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Seventeen: Good Guys, Bad Guys, 1967-1978

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Recommended because the superpowers use surrogates to wage ideological and often physical conflict. In 1967 and 1973, American backed Israel triumphs over Soviet-backed Egypt and Syria. In Africa, the Soviets exploit nationalist, anti-colonial struggles. The US supports South Africa in its battle against communism. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Six: Reds, 1947-1953

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Recommended because following Stalin’s domination of Eastern Europe and the loss of China, American democracy falls victim to anti-communist hysteria, but survives it. Eisenhower is elected president. In the Soviet Union, Stalin reinforces the climate of terror on which his rule is based. When he dies in 1953 the Soviet people mourn the end of an era. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Sixteen: Detente, 1969-1975

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Recommended because North Vietnam launches a new offensive against the South. The US steps up its bombing campaign but seeks peace through diplomacy. Nixon and Brezhnev sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT). The US finally withdraws from Vietnam. Detente culminates in the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Ten: Cuba, 1959-1962

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Recommended because Khrushchev decides, with Castro’s agreement, to install short and medium range nuclear missiles in Cuba, only 90 miles from the U.S. The United States detects the missile sites and blockades the island. The superpowers confront each other; rather than embark on nuclear war, they each step back. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Thirteen: Make Love, Not War

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Recommended because in the Sixties Western economies grow and prosper, fueled by partly by armaments production. Rejecting their parents’ affluence and the Cold War, many of the young protest and rebel. There is racial violence in US inner cities. Rock music expresses the mood of a disenchanted generation. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Three: Marshall Plan, 1947-1952

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Recommended because the United States adopts the Truman Doctrine, pledging to defend freedom worldwide. Secretary of State George Marshall plans to bolster economic recovery in Europe. Seeing this as a threat, Stalin forbids his satellites to participate. The world effectively divides. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twelve: MAD, 1960-1972

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Recommended because throughout the 60s the US and the Soviet Union are locked in a nuclear stand-off. Each realizes that bombing the enemy could provoke retaliation and self-destruction. Nuclear strategy evolves into Mutual Assured Destruction, or MAD, in which both sides are guaranteed certain annihilation in the event of nuclear war. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twenty-four: Conclusions, 1989-1991

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Recommended because the US proves the stronger, the Soviet Union implodes. Germany is reunited. Shorn of its empire and communist domination, Russia faces its future with its economy in chaos. The balance of terror that has kept the peace for more than 40 years vanishes. The Cold War has ended without the use of nuclear weapons. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twenty-one: Spies, 1944-1994

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Recommended because early CIA attempts to penetrate the Iron Curtain are thwarted. The US reacts with increasingly sophisticated technological intelligence–the U-2 spy plane, satellite reconnaissance, and electronic eavesdropping. Yet human spies remain important. Sometimes betrayers, sometimes betrayed, many spies pay with their lives. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twenty-three: The Wall Comes Down, 1989

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Recommended because the dominoes fall.Incredibly quickly, the Soviet bloc is breaking up, virtually without bloodshed. First Poland, then Hungary, then East Germany slip away from communist control. Gorbachev makes no effort to hold them back with force. Amid scenes of jubilation, the hated Berlin Wall comes down. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twenty-two: Star Wars, 1980-1988

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Recommended because Reagan boosts US defense spending and proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, an anti-missile system in space. New Premier Gorbachev knows the Soviets can’t match the US and wants to liberalize and reconstruct the economy. After summits in Geneva, Reykajavik and Washington, the leaders agree to drastic arms cuts. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Twenty: Soldiers of God, 197Slavic and Eastern Europe-1988

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Recommended because Afghanistan is a war that costs the lives of almost 15,000 Soviet conscripts and an estimated one million Afghans. The United States supplies billions of dollars of weapons to unlikely allies–Islamic fundamentalists. The result is a Vietnam-style conflict which takes its toll on the Soviets and hastens the end of the Cold War. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Episode Two: Iron Curtain: 194Slavic and Eastern Europe-1947

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Recommended because the Soviet Union dominates Eastern Europe. Churchill warns of the consequences. Stalin insists that the governments of the Soviet Union’s client states be pro-communist. Impoverished after the war, Great Britain opts out as a world power. The United States assumes the mantle of world leadership. Part of the CNN documentary series, “Cold War,” described above.

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Estonia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Estonian Embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information at the embassy is as follows: Ambassador Sven J

Ethnologue country index — Languages of the World

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Recommended because it lists all languages for each country with very detailed explanation, including the languages which are not commonly spoke and almost extinct. Start by the World , which provides an overall picturee. Be aware of the “more information” link for each language. This function will take viewer to more details about the langauge as well as its speakers.

Eugene Onegin (Evgenii Onegin) (1958)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is the film version (on video) of the Peter Tchaikovsky opera based on the work by Alexander Pushkin. Directed by Roman Tikhomirov, with Bolshoi Theatre and Opera staff, cast includes Ariadna Shengelaya as Tatiana (sung by Galina Vshnevskaya) and Vadim Medvedev as Onegin (sung by Yevgeni Kibkalo). Filmed in Leningrad and the surrounding countryside (108 minutes). In Russian with English subtitles. Available for loan from Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (call 614-292-8770 or write to Keisel.1@osu.edu), or may be purchased from Facets Multimedia for $20.

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Eurasianet’s Environment Website (Environment)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its up to date articles on environmental issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Fully archived going back two years. Produced by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, using reporters based both in the West and in the Region. Be aware of Be aware that reporters are often native to the regions they cover and that the articles in this website are also available in Russian language versions.

Eurasianet’s Human Rights Website (Human Rights)

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Recommended because of its up-to-date articles on Human Rights issues in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Be aware of the fact that this website is fully archived going back several years. Produced by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, using reporters based both in the West and in the Region. As an added advantage, reporters are often native to the regions they cover.

Eurasianet.com

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Recommended because EurasiaNet provides detailed news and analysis from and about Central Asia (including Afghanistan). Topics include political, econonomic, environmental, and cultural developments in the regions. Be aware of the fact one can search this large website by topic or by country. Though the site is in English, many of the articles are also available in Russian. Eurasianet is based in New York and is affiliated with the Open Society Institute.

Excerpts from the Text of Khrushchev’s Secret Speech to the 20th Party Congress, 1956

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Recommended because of the light it sheds on Khrushchev’s first open denunciation of Stalin (in 1956), which led to a political thaw in Soviet Russia and threw the Communist world into turmoil, leading eventually to the failed Hungarian uprising in October 1956. Be aware of the fact that this webiste is part of the excellent Modern History Sourcebook.