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Friday August 12, 2022



From An Historian’s Notebook: Imperialism in One Country?

For one brief, shining moment, the United States seemed to really be the beast its enemies made it out to be – the centre of world power, an unchallenged superpower in a unipolar world, capable of fulfilling its imperialist destiny and imperial fantasies without let or hindrance.

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From an Historian’s Notebook: Putin & Bengali Cold War Nostalgia

In 1991, when the Soviet Union officially came to an end, the Indian left was bereft. The Bengali branches of the left were particularly upset: Who would take the place of Stalinda as the embodiment of Bangali second-hand machismo and martial vigour? Who would stand up to the American imperialists in their place?

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From an Historian’s Notebook: Russian Lullaby

He was actually born in Siberia in 1888, but his family came from what would now be Belarus, in what was then imperial Russia. Why Siberia? I don’t quite know the story, though any historian reading this detail will think immediately of political exiles and deportations

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