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Russian Rulers History Podcast

English, History, 1 season, 332 episodes, 5 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes
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First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
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An Interview with Professor Simon Miles - Author of Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

Today's special episode is an interview with Professor Simon Miles, Author of Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War. To purchase his book, and learn more about this fascinating topic, go to https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501776069/engaging-the-evil-empire/#bookTabs=1Support the show
4/7/202429 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Kremlin

Today, we discuss the history of one of Russia's most famous architectural achievements, The Kremlin.Support the show
4/1/202423 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Russian Revolution - A People's Perspective

Today, we finish our three-part series on the traumatic events of the end of the Tsarist regime with the people's perspective of the Russian Revolution.Support the show
3/17/202423 minutes, 37 seconds
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Alexei Navalny - Life, Hope, and Death

Alexei Navalny's recent passing has placed focus on the corruption of the Russian government and its persecution of its enemies. Today, we recount the all too brief life and death of Alexei Navalny.Support the show
3/5/202416 minutes, 10 seconds
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An Interview with Maya Vinokour Author of Work Flows: Stalinist Liquids in Russian Labor Culture

Today, we talk with Professor Maya Vinokour, author of the new book, Work Flows: Stalinist Liquids in Russian Labor Culture. You can find the book here - https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501773679/work-flows/#bookTabs=1Support the show
2/13/202430 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Crimean War - A People's Perspective

Today, we continue our three-part series on the people's perspective of three monumental events in Russian history, this time about the Crimean War.Support the show
2/4/202425 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Russian Civil War - A People's Perspective

Today, we look at the Russian Civil War from a people's perspective. We avoid talking about the battles and the political events, concentrating more on how the people survived, and sometimes didn't. Support the show
1/21/202424 minutes
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An Interview With Rolf Hellebust Author of How Russian Literature Became Great

Today, we share an Interview with Rolf Hellebust, author of How Russian Literature Became Great, available from Cornell University Press. https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501773419/how-russian-literature-became-great/#bookTabs=1Support the show
1/14/202418 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Soviet - Afghan War

Today, we will cover the 9 year war between the Soviet Union and Afghani rebels. The losses suffered by the Soviets would be a spark that would cause the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Support the show
1/8/202424 minutes, 29 seconds
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Interview with Valeria Sobol author of Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny

Today, we have an interview with Valeria Sobol professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, author of the book, Haunted Empire: Gothic and the Russian Imperial Uncanny. You can find her book here -  https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501770104/haunted-empire/#bookTabs=1Support the show
12/17/202333 minutes, 41 seconds
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Russian and Soviet Cuisine - Part Two

Today, we finish our series about the foods and drinks from Russia. Support the show
12/11/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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Russian and Soviet Cuisine - Part One

Today, we start a two-part series about the incredible cuisines of Russia and the Soviet Union. Support the show
11/27/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Volga - Part Three

Today, we wrap up our series as we cover the continuing relationship between Russia and the Soviet Union with the great Volga River. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
11/12/202325 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Volga - Part Two

Today, we continue our journey through the history of the Volga River and its historical relationship with Russia. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
10/30/202323 minutes, 25 seconds
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An Interview with Professor Paul Robinson Author of Russian Liberalism

This is an interview I did with Professor Paul Robinson, author of the important work, Russian Liberalism. You can purchase a copy of his book through this website -  https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501772177/russian-liberalism/Support the show
10/22/202329 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Volga - Part One

Today, we begin a three-part series on the history of the Volga River, the longest in Europe, and its relationship to Russia. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
10/15/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sports in the Soviet Union

Today, we cover the impact of sports in the Soviet Union. Also, I am adding a tribute to one of the inspirations for this podcast, my daughter, Anastasya Schauss, who passed away on September 23, at the age of 27.Support the show
10/3/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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Russian Conflicts After 1991 - Part Two - 9/17/23, 12.55 PM

Today, we end our two-part series on the numerous conflicts that Russia has participated after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.Support the show
9/17/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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Russian Conflicts After 1991 - Part One

Today, we begin a two-part series to discuss the conflicts that have plagued Russia and its neighbors after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
9/4/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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Turning Points in Russian and Soviet History - Part Two

Today, we finish our two-part series on the major turning points in both Russian and Soviet history. f you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
8/27/202327 minutes, 57 seconds
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Turning Points in Russian History - Part One

Today, we begin a two-part series relating to the turning points in Russian history.Support the show
8/13/202323 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Historical Relationship Between Russia and China

Today, we discuss the long relationship between Russia, the Soviet Union, and China throughout the past four hundred years. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportHistory Nerds UnitedLet's make history fun again! Come listen to interviews with today's best authors.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
8/6/202326 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Soviet Gulag System - Part Five - The End

Today, we finish up our five-part series on the Soviet Gulag system. The punishments and rewards as well as the dismantling of the camps are discussed.Support the show
7/30/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Soviet Gulag System - Part Four - The Work

Today, we discuss the work done in the Gulags. Brutal and sometimes absurd, work was the reason for the people to populate the prisoner camps. Support the show
7/23/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Soviet Gulag System - Part Three - Life in the Gulag

Today, we continue our series about the Soviet Gulag with first-hand accounts of life within the camps. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
7/18/202326 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Soviet Gulag System - Part Two - The Women

Today, we talk about some of the experiences of women related to the gulag experience. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
7/9/202326 minutes
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The Soviet Gulag System - Part One

Today, we begin a five-part series on one of the most tragic institutions in Soviet history, the Gulag. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportThe Gates Of CiminoThe dive bar of cinema podcasts! Unscripted. All things movies. Each show is...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
7/2/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Fabergé - More Than Just Eggs

Today, we discuss the history House of Fabergé, and the incredible jewelry they produced, especially the royal eggs. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
6/27/202325 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Hermitage

Today, we take a tour of the famed St. Petersburg museum, the Hermitage. We will also recount the history of the museum from its founding in 1703 until today. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportHistory Nerds UnitedLet's make history fun again! Come listen to interviews with today's best authors.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
6/19/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Moscow Show Trials

Today, we cover the three Moscow Show Trials which were meant to eliminate the Old Bolsheviks who Stalin believed could threaten his control of the Soviet Union. Two Designers Walk Into a BarJoin hosts Todd and Elliot for origin stories about iconic and beloved pop culture objectsListen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
6/11/202328 minutes, 26 seconds
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Mikhail Kutuzov - Military Genius and Napoleon's Nemesis - Part Five

Today, we end our five-part series with Kutuzov defeating Napoleon Bonaparte. Unfortunately, he would die only a few month after expelling the French General from  Russia. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportSupport the show
6/4/202332 minutes, 3 seconds
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Mikhail Kutuzov - Military Genius and Napoleon's Nemesis - Part Four

Today, we cover the beginnings of the war against Napoleon Bonaparte. The failures of the generals leading the war effort would eventually lead to the appointment of Mikhail Kutuzov as head of the Russian army. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/supportHistory AnalyzedHistory Analyzed is a podcast which investigates both history's biggest moments and...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/28/202325 minutes, 40 seconds
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Mikhail Kutuzov - Military Genius and Napoleon's Nemesis - Part Three

Today, we cover the period right before the Russian army goes into full attack mode against Napoleon's Grand Armee. Kutuzov has been busy with a number of different assignments and the death of two Tsars. Support the show
5/21/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 266 - Mikhail Kutuzov - Military Genius & Napoleon's Nemesis - Part Two

Today, we continue following the incredible career of General Mikhail Kutuzov. We also recount two episodes where his life hanged by a thread.The Jersey Arts PodcastDive deeper into the arts you love and don't miss another moment!Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
5/14/202324 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 265 - Mikhail Kutuzov - Military Genius & Napoleon's Nemesis - Part One

Today, we begin a five-part series on one of Russia's greatest military geniuses, Mikhail Kutuzov. This period of Russian history would lay the groundwork for the revolutions of the early 20th century.
5/7/202326 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 264 - The Trans-Siberian Railway

Join me as we learn about the construction and history of the Trans-Siberian Railway as well as taking a trip along its 9,289 kilometers or 5,772 miles.
4/30/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 263 - KGB Operations in Europe and the US - Part Two

Today, we wrap up the topic of the operations of the Soviet spy agency, the KGB, in Europe and the United States.
4/23/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 262 - KGB Operations in Europe and the US - Part One

Today, we start a two-part series on the spy operations of the Soviet KGB in Europe and the US.
4/17/202324 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 261 - Russia and Poland Throughout History

Today, we cover the long, and difficult relationship between Poland and Russia.
4/9/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 260 - Catherine the Great's Lovers

Today, we cover the 13 known lovers of Catherine the Great.
4/2/202340 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 259 - Prince Andrey Kurbsky and the Chosen Council

Today, we cover the early advisors to Tsar Ivan the Terrible, especially Prince Andrey Kurbsky.
3/26/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 258 - The Streltsy

Today, we cover the fighting force known as the Streltsy. They were first formed by Ivan the Terrible in 1550. They would serve as Russia's first standing army and the body guards of the Tsar. Join us as we go over their turbulent, yet short place in Russian history.
3/18/202324 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 257 - The Iron Curtain - Part Two

Today, we wrap up the two-part series on the Iron Curtain with some surprising outcomes after the barriers were removed. 
3/11/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 256 - The Iron Curtain - Part One

Today, we will discuss the imposition of the Iron Curtain on the Eastern European countries by the Soviet Union. 
3/5/202325 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 255 - The Transition From the Soviet Union to Russia

Today, we cover the transition of the Soviet Union back into Russia and the other countries which formed the USSR. In it, we will explain why Russia seemingly is frustrated and angry with the Western nations.
2/26/202326 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 254 - From Russia to the Soviet Union - The Transition - Part Three

Today, we end the series of the transition of life in Russia to that of one in the Soviet Union.
2/18/202325 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 253 - From Russia to the Soviet Union - The Transition - Part Two

Today, we continue our story of what transpired when Russia became part of the Soviet Union.
2/12/202324 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 252 - From Russia to the Soviet Union - The Transition - Part One

In the years leading up to the formation of the USSR, Russia went through a period of transition. In this three-part series, we will talk about what that looked like, primarily for the common Russian citizen. 
2/6/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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Special Edition - The Cold War Spy Swap - From History Daily

Today's episode is part of a feed swap with Lindsay Graham's podcast History Daily. On February 10, 1962., at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union conduct a spy exchange. Learn more about this event. 
1/31/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 251 - How the US saw Stalin and the USSR in 1943 - Part Three

Today, we finish up our three-part series based on the March 30, 1943 issue of LIFE magazine and how they viewed the USSR and Joseph Stalin.
1/23/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 250 - How the United States Saw Stalin and the USSR in 1943 - Part Two

Today, we continue talking about the March 29, 1943 issue of LIFE magazine and how the US looked at Joseph Stalin and the USSR.
1/17/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 249 – How the United States saw Stalin and the USSR in 1943 – Part One

In 1943, LIFE magazine published an entire issue on Joseph Stalin and the USSR, as they were allies in our war effort against Nazi Germany and hopefully, Japan. Today, we begin a three-part series on that March issue of LIFE.
1/8/202328 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 248 - Christmas and New Year's in Russia

Today, we cover the celebration of Christmas and New Year's in Russia both today, and in the past.
12/24/202225 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 247 - Anton Chekhov - Russia's Playwright

Today, we cover the life and extraordinary career of one of the world's and Russia's greatest playwrights, Anton Chekhov.
12/18/202227 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 246 - The Romanov Children - Part Two

Today, we being in 1906, the year after the first Russian Revolution, covering the children of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra. We end, tragically, with the murder of the entire royal family in 1918.
12/11/202225 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 245 - The Romanov Children - Part One

Today, we start a new two-part series covering the children of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. We cover their births and the controversy surrounding the girls, and finally a boy, Alexei and the discovery of his genetic disease, hemophilia.
12/3/202224 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 244 - The Russo-Turkish Wars - Part Two

Today, we finish up our two-part series, ending with the final Russo-Turkish War, also known as World War I. It would mark the end of the two empires, which had fought each other for centuries.
11/26/202234 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 243 - The Russo-Turkish Wars - Part One

Today, we begin a two-part series covering the 12 Russo-Turkish Wars that began in 1568 and ended in 1918. 
11/20/202231 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 242 - Maxim Gorky

Today, we finish our three-part series on famous Russian and Soviet writers, with Maxim Gorky.
11/14/202225 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 241 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Telling the Story of Life in the USSR

Today, we discuss the life and times of the great Soviet writer and dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The author of The Gulag Archipelago, went from being a loyal Soviet citizen to one of its harshest critics. 
11/6/202225 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 240 - Ivan Bunin - Russia's First Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Today, we begin our three-part series on some of the giants of Russian literature, Ivan Bunin, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Maxim Gorky. Listen to the tale of Russia's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. 
10/30/202227 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 239 - The Development of Russian Literature - Part Two

today we end our series on the development of literature in Russia. 
10/23/202233 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 238 - The Development of Russian Literature - Part One

Today, we trace the beginnings of Russian literature all the way to the great authors Dostoyevsky, Chekov and Tolstoy. 
10/15/202236 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 237 - The Plagues and Epidemics in Russian History

Today, we will be talking about the epidemics and plagues that affected Russia throughout the centuries. Within this episode, we will draw a parallel between the COVID-19 outbreak and the Russian flu of 1889-1890. Were they the same? Listen and find out.
10/9/202226 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 236 - Anna Akhmatova - Russia's Poet

Today, we discuss the life of one of Russia's greatest poets, Anna Akhmatova. Join us as we tell her life's story as well as sharing some of her incredible writings.
10/3/202230 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 235 - The Russian Elite After the Revolution - Part Two

Today, we recount the sad story of what happened to the Russian elite after the Russian Revolution and the Civil War. 
9/25/202226 minutes
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Episode 234 - The Russian Elite After the Revolution - Part One

Today, we discuss what happened to the Russian Elite after the Russian Revolution. In particular, we will tell you about what happened to those who left the country. Next episode, we will talk about those sad souls who stayed. 
9/18/202226 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 233 - An Interview with William Clark of Grey History - Catherine the Great

Today, I discuss the life and times of Catherine the Great with William Clark, host of the Grey History podcast. 
9/11/202253 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 232 - 1917 - Part Five

Today, we wrap up our series of the year 1917. The Provisional Government goes out with a whimper, and the Bolsheviks walk in, and take control. 
9/4/202228 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 213 - 1917 - Part Four

We begin in May and end with the arrest of General Lavr Kornilov and the freeing of the Bolsheviks from jail in August of the tumultuous year of 1917.
8/28/202227 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 230 - 1917 - Part Three

Nicholas II has abdicated, yet there is no clear cut leader of Russia. Find out how things begin to shake out in this new Russia landscape.
8/21/202226 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 229 - 1917 - Part Two

Today, we concentrate on the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II and the days leading up to this momentous event.
8/14/202225 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 228 - 1917 - Part One

Today, we start a five-part series on the most tumultuous year in Russian history, 1917.
8/7/202225 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 227 - The Great Cities of Kyvian Rus - Part Two

Today, we cover the cities of Chirnihiv, Rostov, Halych, Kolmna, Turov, Peryslav, Polotsk, Uglich, and Moscow. 
8/1/202228 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 226 - The Great Cities of Kyvian Rus - Part One

Today, we begin a two-part series on the cities of old Kyvian Rus. It begins in Kyiv, moving on to Novgorod, Pskov, Smolensk, Ryazan, Vladimir, Sundial, and Tver.
7/24/202229 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 225 - The Siege of Leningrad - Part Four

Today, we wrap up the series with one of the most emotionally charged episodes in this podcasts history. Survivors and those who didn't make it, wrote in their diaries, some of which I share in this episode.
7/17/202227 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 224 - The Siege of Leningrad - Part Three

The Germans have now sealed the city of Leningrad, and the starvation and deaths have begun to take their toll on the people of the city. 
7/10/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 223 - The Siege of Leningrad - Part Two

Today, we cover the progress of the invasion and focus on the people within Leningrad and their growing sense of foreboding.
7/3/202225 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 222 - The Siege of Leningrad - Part One

The Siege of Leningrad was one of the greatest tragedies of World War II. It has an eerie similarity to what is going on in Ukraine today. This makes this series, very timely.
6/26/202224 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 144 - The Crimean War - The Leaders

Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.
6/19/202212 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 221 - The Great Battles of Russian History - Part Two

Today, we finish up the two-part series starting with the victorious Battle of Poltava and ending with the disastrous Battle of Tsushima, one that would begin the destruction of the Romanov dynasty .
6/19/202230 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 220 - The Great Battles of Russian History - Part One

Today, we start a two part series on the battles that molded Russia and its history. We begin today with the Battle of the Kalka River in 1223 and end with Battle of Moscow in 1612.
6/11/202224 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 219 - Interview with Lucy Ward Author of The Empress and the English Doctor

Today, I interview Lucy Ward, the author of the soon to be released book The Empress and the English Doctor: How Catherine the Great Defied a Deadly Virus. 
5/30/202248 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Russian Halloween Story - The Blacksmith and the Devil

The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.
5/25/20229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 128 - The Pugachev Rebellion

The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.
5/25/202229 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 218 - The Russian Anarchists - Part Two

Today, we complete the series on the anarchist movement in Russia. We talk about the influence of Leo Tolstoy, Emma Goldman, Aleksei Borzoi, and Lev Chernyi on the newest anarchists of today like Azat Miftakhov, Anastasia Baburova, and the anarchist punk rock group Pussy Riot.
5/15/202222 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 217 - The Russian Anarchists - Part One

Today, we start a two-part series on the Anarchist movement in Russia and the Soviet Union. 
4/30/202221 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 216 - Before Evil - An Interview with Author Brandon Gauthier about Young Lenin and Stalin

Today, I interview the author of the book Before Evil- Young Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Mao, and Kim, Brandon Gauthier. Professor Gauthier and I have a spirited discussion about what made Lenin and Stalin the monsters they were to become
4/15/202245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Special Edition - Laika the Space Dog from History Daily

Our podcast is doing a cross-promotion with Lindsay Graham's, History Daily. This episode is on Laika, the first animal to travel into space. Enjoy this episode and try History Daily!
4/5/202217 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 215 - Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov and the Leningrad Seed Bank

Nikolai Vavilov was one of the great geneticists of the 20th century whose goal was to end famine and starvation. Ironically, he would die in one of Stalin's prisons of hunger. Join me in this tribute to the man who would try to save the world.
3/21/202224 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Book Review - Russian Fiction

Today, I'm sharing a book review I did for my Patreon podcast. It is on three books of Russian fiction. I hope you enjoy it!
3/16/202214 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 214 - Crisis in Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has created an international crisis. Today's episode try to bring meaning to what is going on. 
3/3/202231 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Brief Announcement

A quick announcement about the future of the podcast and comments about the goings on in Ukraine and Russia.
2/24/20223 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 213 - The Curious Behavior of Tsar Peter III

Today, in episode 213, I discuss the notion that Tsar Peter III was a high-functioning autistic. Listener Ian G proposed the idea which I feel has some very strong merit.
1/10/202224 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 212 - Stalin's Enabler's - Part Three

Today, we finish the three part series about the men who helped Joseph Stalin terrorize the Soviet Union.
10/11/202126 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 211 - Stalin's Enabler's - Part Two

Today, we continue the series on those men who enabled Stalin to keep his country terrorized.
9/6/202126 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 210 - Stalin's Enablers - Part One

Stalin's reign of terror couldn't have happened without the support of a number of ruthless enablers. Today, we begin a three part series on these men and how they survived.
8/22/202127 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 209 - Revisiting Vladimir the Great - Part Two

Today we cover the time between Vladimir's time as prince of Novgorod to his death, presenting newly found information.
2/21/202118 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 208 - Revisiting Vladimir the Great

Today's episode adds to the story of one of ancient Russia's most important leaders, Vladimir the Great.
1/29/202127 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 207 - Back to the Beginning

Today, I will be returning to the beginning of the podcast with a rerun of episode 1, but with lots more new history to share about Russian before there were Russians.
1/10/202126 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 206 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two

Today, we finish up the history of Ukraine and its relationship with Russia.
11/30/202020 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 205 - The History of Ukraine and its Relationship to Russia - Part One

Today, we begin a new series with an overview of the history of Ukraine and its relationship to Russia.
6/30/202022 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 204 - Siberia - Women and Children

In our final look at Siberia, we focus on the lives of both women and children in the gulag system developed by the Soviets.
4/30/202026 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 203 - Siberia - Opportunity, Torment, and Captivity

Today, we recount the harsh life living in Siberian prisons and gulags. 
3/29/202022 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 202 - Siberia - Part One

Siberia is a mythical, magical, and intimidating place. Discover the mystery of this part of Russia.
2/16/202025 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 201 - Ivan Grozny - The First Russian Tsar

In our review of the Russian rulers of old, we turn our eyes to Ivan IV, the first and most controversial of all of the Russian Tsar's. 
1/26/202018 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 200 - Musings of a Russian History Podcaster

After 200 numbered episodes, I decided to share my feelings about the journey, and that, I have decided to return to producing regular episodes again.
12/8/201920 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 199 - Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed in spectacular fashion. What were the causes that led to such a rapid dissolution? Find out what I feel are the main reasons.
11/24/201926 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 198 - The 1991 Soviet Coup d'etat Attempt

In 1991, the Gang of Eight tried to overthrow the Soviet government and oust Mikhail Gorbachev. Find out why they failed miserably and accelerated the end of the USSR.
9/22/201923 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 197 - Things You Did Not Know About Russia

Following the last episode on things you didn't know about the Soviet Union, I am following it up about present day and old Russia.
7/1/201915 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 196 - Things You Didn't Know About the Soviet Union

Many things were hidden form the West during the times of the USSR. Today's episode hopes to uncover secrets from that time.
5/28/201923 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 195 - Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak, the author of the epic novel Doctor Zhivago is the focus of today's episode.
4/22/201918 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 194 - Time of Troubles

The Time of Troubles was a period of Russian history that could have ended the Muscovite's control of the land of the Rus.
3/3/201921 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 193 - Michael, Philaret, Alexis and Feodor

Today's episode follows the lives of the first three Romanov Tsar's as well as the father of the first, Patriarch Philaret.
2/10/201923 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 192 - The Regency of Sophia

Today's episode covers the regent of Ivan 5 and Peter I, Sophia Alexseyevna. 
11/25/201813 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 191 - Alexander Suvorov

Yes, I'm back to retell Russian history. Today's episode is on the last Generalissimo of Russia, the undefeated, Alexander Suvorov.
11/4/201814 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 190 - Peter the Great - A Reassessment

Peter the Great is reassessed through the eyes of a number of historians and contemporaries.
8/28/201726 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 189 - Elizabeth, Ivan VI, Anna, Peter II and Catherine I

The five Russian rulers between the titans, Peter and Catherine the Great are reassessed.
8/13/201713 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 188 - Catherine the Great & Peter III - A Reassessment

In today's podcast we look back at the reigns of husband and wife, Peter III and Catherine II.
7/30/201716 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 187 - The Russian Civil War - The End

1922 marks the end of the most brutal civil war in human history, the Russian Civil War. Tens of millions of people perished with the Bolsheviks taking complete control.
6/11/201713 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 186 - The Russian Civil War - Here Come the Whites

The Russian Civil War is in full swing and things are not looking good for the Bolsheviks. Find out how they handled the heat.
5/14/201716 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 185 - The Russian Civil War - The Beginning

The beginning of the Russian Civil War started the day the Provisional Government was overthrown. Millions would die over the coming five years.
5/7/201722 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 184 - The Russian Civil War - Part 3 - The Background

The prelude to the Russian Civil War is today's topic.
4/10/201722 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 183 - The Russian Civil War Part 2 - The Belligerents - The Red's and Black's

In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.
3/8/201717 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 182 - The Russian Civil War, Part 1 - The Belligerents - The Whites

We will begin the discussion about the Russian Civil War with the commanders of the White Army's. 
1/25/201716 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 181 - Tsar Paul - Was He Such a Bad Guy After All?

Today, we review the reign of Tsar Paul, son of Catherine the Great.
1/18/201719 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 180 - Three Alexander's and a Nicholas In Between

The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.
1/2/201721 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 179 - Nicholas II - Who Could Have Done it Better?

Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.
11/10/201620 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 178 - Lenin - Could You Stay A Little While Longer?

Today we ask the question, what if? What if Vladimir Lenin had lived another 10 or 20 years longer. What would that have done to the history of the Soviet Union?
9/18/201614 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 177 - The Henchman of Khrushchev and Stalin - Part 2

Henchmen Mikoyan, Molotov, Suslov, Voroshilov and Zhdanov get covered today.
8/8/201618 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 176 - The Henchmen of Stalin & Khrushchev - Part 1

The henchmen of Stalin and Khrushchev were to be complicit in the murder of millions of people during the 1920's through the 50's.
7/24/201625 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 175 - Charlatan, Con Man, Murderer - Trofim Lysenko

Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.
6/26/201616 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 174 - Getting Older by the Minute - Leonid Brezhnev

As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.
6/5/201617 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 173 - A Rotten Stinking Mess, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko

During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.
5/23/201614 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 172 - A Collapsing Empire - Mikhail Gorbachev

In today's podcast we take another look at the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev.
5/3/201615 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 171 - Communist, Rebel and Capitalist Wanna Be - Boris Yeltsin

We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.
4/10/201618 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 170 - No Foreseeable End - Vladimir Putin

We will be retracing all of the Russian Rulers, in reverse, starting with Vladimir Putin. This series will be more subjective than past episodes.
1/17/201614 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 169 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two

Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.
11/16/201519 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 168 - The History of Ukraine - Part One

Ukraine is as much of a part of the history of Russia, as Russia is itself. Join us as we cover its 1000+ history.
10/4/201512 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 167 - Famines in Russia and the Soviet Union

Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.
9/13/201521 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 166 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Three

Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37. Image is of Pushkin's widow, Natalia Pushkina.
8/24/201525 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 165 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Two

Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.
8/9/201519 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 164 - Alexander Pushkin - Part One

In today's podcast, we cover the early years of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexander Pushkin.
7/12/201521 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 163 - Leo Tolstoy - The Later Years of Transformation

This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.
6/14/201555 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 162 - Leo Tolstoy - Marriage, War and Peace and Anna Karenina

Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
5/31/201523 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 161 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood Part II

Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.
4/30/201520 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 160 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood - Part 1

Leo Tolstoy submits his first book, Childhood, for publication. It is met with wild enthusiasm.
4/12/201524 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 159 - Leo Tolstoy - Boyhood and Youth

Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life. Image from A.Savin, WikiCommons
3/3/201523 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 158 - Leo Tolstoy - Childhood and Boyhood

Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.
2/23/201527 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 157 - Life on the Russian Country Estate - Part Two

In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.
2/2/201514 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 156 - The Russian Country Estate - Part One

The Russian country estate before the Russian Revolution was a beautiful place for the noble family. 
1/3/201517 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 155 - Leon Trotsky - Ouster to End

Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.
12/8/201436 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 154 - Leon Trotsky - 1905-1917

Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.
12/2/201420 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 153 - Leon Trotsky - Part One

Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.
11/17/201424 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 152 - The Life of Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.
10/26/201420 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 151 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1812 Overture

Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 
10/6/201418 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 150 - The Mongol Invasion - Did it Really Matter?

In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.
9/15/201424 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 149 - The Crimean War - The Aftermath

The aftermath of the Crimean War caused a shift in power within Europe with clear winners and losers.
8/17/201412 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 148 - The Crimean War - The End

The war, dragging on for almost 2 years, needed to come to an end. The men were dying of disease and botched military planning. It was time. 
8/10/201423 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 147 - The Crimean War - Part Seven

The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.
7/13/201422 minutes, 30 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a famous incident during the Battle of Balaclava. Today, I read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Last of the Light Brigade by Rudyard Kipling. 
6/29/201411 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 146 - The Crimean War - Part Six

The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.
6/23/201428 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 145 - The Crimean War - Part Five

The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.
6/2/201419 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 143 - The Crimean War - Part Four

We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.
5/20/201424 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 142 - The Crimean War - Part Three

The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.
4/30/201418 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 140 - How's He Do It?

Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show.
4/13/201422 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 141 - The Crimean War - Part Two

The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.
4/13/201421 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 139 - The Crimean War - Part One - A Short History of Crimea

Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
3/29/201419 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 138 - The Enserfment of the Russian Peasant

The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history.
3/9/201434 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 137 - A Very Brief History of Belarus

Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.
3/2/201411 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 136 - The Battle of Borodino

The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
2/10/201413 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 135 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part 2

The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.
2/2/201429 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 134 - The Russian Imperial Army

The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.
1/21/201420 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 133 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part One

Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.
1/5/201414 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 132 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin - Part 2

Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.
12/20/201331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 131 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Part 1

Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.
12/8/201324 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 130 - Was the Starets Feodor Kuzmich Really Alexander I

The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?
10/27/201350 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 129 - The Four Rebellions - A Final Discussion

In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.
10/6/201316 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 127 - The Pugachev Rebellion - Part 1

The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
9/22/201334 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 126 - The Bulavin Rebellion

The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.
9/9/201323 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 125 - The Rebellion of Stenka Razin

Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.
9/2/201332 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 124 - The Bolotnikov Rebellion - 1606-7

The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.
8/19/201321 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 123 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 4

From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international. 
8/12/201326 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 122 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 3

The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.
8/4/201327 minutes
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Episode 121 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 2

The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.
7/21/201330 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 120 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 1

The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode. 
7/14/201327 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 119 - The Geography and Climate of Russia

Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.
6/23/201319 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 118 - Chechnya and Russia: A Bad Relationship

Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Find out why. 
6/17/201318 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 117 - Vladimir Putin - An Unexpected Rise

Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.
5/13/201317 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 116 - President to Private Citizen - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.
4/29/201317 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 115 - A Coup, A Failure, and the Beginning of a New Russia

Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.
4/21/201314 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 114 - Rise of the Phoenix

Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.
4/14/201320 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 113 - Yeltsin Begins to Make His Mark

Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things.
4/3/201323 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 112 - Yeltsin Grows Up

Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.
3/17/201319 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 111 - Boris Yeltsin - The Early Years

With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.
3/4/201321 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 110 - The End of the USSR

After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.
2/5/201333 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 109 - The End Game Nears

The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.
1/13/201327 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 108 - Gorbachev Muddles Through Things

Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems
12/27/201227 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 107 - Gorbachev Rises On Top of a Heaping Mess of Things

We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.
12/12/201224 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 106 - Gorbachev Joins the Party

We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai. 
11/28/201218 minutes, 8 seconds
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Overdrive - The Christianization of the Rus - Primary Chronicles

This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.
11/22/201213 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 105 - Gorbachev - How He Got On Top In His Words

Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.
11/14/201225 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 104 - Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chenenko and the Rise of Mikhail Gorbachev

After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.
10/28/201225 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 103 - Brezhnev and the Era Of Stagnation

Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.
10/14/201229 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 102 - A Collective Leadership Takes Control

With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.
10/7/201225 minutes, 46 seconds
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Overdrive - The Primary Chronicles - Part One

The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.
10/2/201227 minutes, 22 seconds
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Overdrive - The Plight of the Consumer

Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.
9/16/201226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 101 - We Will Bury You Nikita Sergeyevich

Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.
9/9/201232 minutes, 19 seconds
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Overdrive - The Sino/Soviet Conflict According to Khrushchev

Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.
9/2/201243 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 100 - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.
8/26/201245 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 99 - Teetering at the Brink of War

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.
8/12/201220 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 98 - A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

The decision to place missiles in Cuba by Khrushchev is a bungled disaster.
7/29/201222 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 97 - The Berlin Wall and The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Berlin Wall is erected and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to unleash a thermonuclear war.
7/15/201224 minutes, 46 seconds
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Overdrive - Mao in Moscow

Mao visits Moscow to meet with Khrushchev and makes some startling statements.
7/8/201218 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 96 - The American Trip, The U-2 and The Shoe

Khrushchev's American trip did little to help ease worldwide tensions but the U-2 incident and the shoe banging incident in the U.N. was even worse.
7/5/201227 minutes, 32 seconds
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Overdrive - First Visit to Peking

Khrushchev and associates pay their first visit to China.
6/27/201215 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 95 - The Berlin Crisis and Khrushchev Visits America, Part 1

Khrushchev, now undisputed leader of the USSR, is determined thaw out relations with the West, his way. 
6/25/201227 minutes, 58 seconds
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Overdrive Episode - The Origins of the Schism with China

From the book Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, this podcast focuses of the origins of the schism between the USSR and China.
6/20/201222 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 94 - Khrushchev Meets the World

Khrushchev, having survived a coup, takes on the international stage.
6/18/201220 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 93 - The June Coup

The Anti-Party group led by Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov attempt to overthrow Khrushchev.
6/10/201220 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 92 - The Hungarian Revolution

After giving the Secret Speech, unforeseen crises erupted, the greatest of which was the Hungarian Revolution. Artwork from http://www.hungary1956.com/photos.htm
6/3/201230 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 91 - Khrushchev Grows Up

His rise to the top is one of legends. Here we follow Nikita Khrushchev's improbable climb.
5/28/201221 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 90 - Who is This Khrushchev Guy Anyway?

Nikita Khrushchev grew up in abject poverty yet he eventually became one of the most powerful men in the world.
5/14/201213 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 89 - Jockeying for Position

Khrushchev begins his jockeying for power against Malenkov and Molotov.
5/7/201224 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 88 - On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences

An edited version of the Secret Speech of Nikita Khrushchev given to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 is read.
4/20/201246 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 87 - Who's In Charge?

With Stalin dead, a power vacuum gets filled but Beria failed to see a plot led by Khrushchev to overthrow him. 
4/15/201224 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 86 - The End of a Monster

Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR for 30 years was planning World War III when he died of a stroke in 1953.
4/8/201233 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 85 - The End of One War, the Beginning of Another

With World War II over, Stalin now plans for global domination and starts the Cold War.
4/1/201224 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 84 - Wehrmacht on the Run

With the Germans being beaten across the board, Stalin resumes purging his people of nationalistic tendencies. 
3/25/201224 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 83 - The Battle for the Motherland

The Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad as well as the siege of Leningrad are center stage.
3/18/201238 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 82 - Operation Barbarossa: Stalin's Worst Nightmare

Hitler's Wehrmacht invades Russia and Stalin is forced to figure out a way to save his country.
3/11/201218 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 81 - Invasion

Preparations are made by the Germans and Russians for war and on June 22, 1941 Stalin got his wish.
3/4/201221 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 80 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part II

Stalin fuels the fires of paranoia to escalate the Great Purge of 1937 and 38.
2/19/201225 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 79 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part I

The Great Purges was a time where millions were killed to eliminate all enemies of Joseph Stalin.
2/12/201225 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 78 - The Beginning of the Reign of Terror

Stalin begins the Reign of Terror sending millions of Russians to their death. 
2/5/201219 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 77 - Once a Follower, Now a Leader

Stalin takes control of the USSR and ousts his enemies, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.
1/29/201224 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 76 - The Transformation of Stalin

Stalin quickly rises up the ranks, becoming a minister in the new Bolshevik government. 
1/22/201223 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 75 - Mikhail Bakunin - The Collectivist Anarchist

As a preview to the post-Rulers podcasts, today we focus on Mikhail Bakunin famed philosopher/anarchist.
1/9/201217 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 74 - Koba, Lenin's Left Leg

Soso, became the revolutionary Koba who followed his idol Lenin and the Bolshevik Party.
12/24/201120 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 73 - Soso, The Young Stalin

Today's podcast tells the tale of the young Stalin, known in his childhood as Soso.
12/18/201121 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 72 - Comrade Lenin We Hardly Knew You

Lenin, resolves the economic disasters hitting Russia, suffers 3 strokes which take him out of control of the country.
12/11/201121 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 71 - The Russian Civil War

With Lenin taking control of the government, a civil war broke out that threatened his position. 
12/4/201121 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 70 - The Bolsheviks are Coming, the Bolsheviks are Coming

Vladimir Lenin takes control of the Russian government amidst chaos in Petrograd.
11/27/201123 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 69 - The Provisional Government

With Nicholas II gone, the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky takes control.
11/14/201119 minutes, 8 seconds
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Questions and Answers #1

Today's episode is meant to answer questions that have been posed about Russian history.
10/30/201120 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 68 - Death to the Romanov's

Nicholas II has abdicated the throne and is now house arrest where he awaits his fate. 
10/24/201119 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 67 - Why Did It Have To End?

Nicholas II under increasing pressure to abdicate, gives up the throne his family held for over 300 years.
10/16/201123 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 66 - From Celebrations to the Misery of War

Nicholas II celebrates a number of historical events while he gets his country ready to plunge into WWI. 
10/11/201118 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 65 - The Beginning of the End for Nicholas II

Nicholas II steers Russian foreign policy towards war after changing the makeup of the Duma.
10/2/201119 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 64 - Tsar Nicholas II Loses His Relationship With His People

Tsar Nicholas II allows for a Duma to be formed after the Revolution of 1905.
9/27/201120 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 63 - Road Trip to Destruction

Russia plunges headlong into war with Japan and suffers a humiliating defeat.
9/19/201118 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 62 - Nicholas II and His String of Major Errors

Nicholas II, instead of relaxing the policies of his father Alexander III, tightens them alienating more and more of his subjects.
9/4/201115 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 61 - The Ascension of the Last Romanov

Nicholas II becomes Tsar reluctantly on the death of his father. Within years tragedy strikes at the celebration of his coronation at the Khodynka Field.
8/29/201115 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 60 - Reforms? There Will Be No Reforms!

Alexander III take control of Russia and undoes many of the reforms of his late, murdered father.
8/8/201116 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 59 - Kill the Reformer

Alexander II tries to reform Russia only to have multiple assassinations come his way. Eventually one was to succeed bringing his reign to an abrupt end. 
7/31/201121 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 58 - The Ascension of the Great Liberator - Alexander II

With Nicholas I dead and the Crimean War going badly, Alexander II takes control and seeks to reform his Russia. 
7/24/201115 minutes, 57 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Russian History Books

So how do I come up with all of my podcasts? This episode host Mark Schauss reviews the books he uses to research the subject of Russian History.
7/20/201119 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 57 - The Misery is Beyond Description

Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses. 
7/17/201114 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 56 - A Major Turn to the Right, Nicholas I Takes Control

Alexander I dies and his brother Nicholas takes control but not without a bit of controversy.
7/11/201116 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 55 - Napoleon on the Run

Napoleon is chased by Alexander I all the way to Paris. The Tsar then has a change in personality causing him to reverse many of his earlier reforms.
7/3/201114 minutes, 4 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The State of Russia in the Early 1800's

Mikhail Speransky was a brilliant man who saw how bad things truly were in Russia in the early 19th century. This short episode is a reading from a memorandum he wrote.
6/30/20115 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 54 - Napoleon versus Alexander

Napoleon continues to menace the Russian border until he decides to invade in 1812. Things don't go as planned.
6/27/201119 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 53 - Guilt, Will Follow Him All His Days

Alexander I takes over for his murdered father Paul I. Napoleon is charging through Europe threatening Russia.
6/19/201115 minutes, 39 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Evil Within Russia - Serfdom

Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne.
6/12/201114 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 52 - Emperor Paul I

With Catherine the Great dead, her son Paul I sought to reverse all that she had accomplished.
6/5/201116 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 51 - One Down, Six to Go

Catherine, now in her sixties takes her last breath ushering in the reign of her son, Paul I. 
5/29/201116 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 50 - Catherine Goes to the Crimea

Empress Catherine, having taken control of the Crimea, sets off on a grand tour of the newly conquered land.
5/22/201118 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 49 - The Maturing Catherine

Catherine, now in her 50's marries off Paul yet again and is given the heir's she so desperately wanted.
5/18/201117 minutes, 38 seconds
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First Anniversary Edition of the Russian Rulers Podcast - Part Two

In another Cliff Notes version of the podcast, we review the time from Dmitri Donskoi to the birth of Ivan the Terrible.
5/11/201112 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 48 - The Love of Her Life, Grigory Potemkin

Tired of her brainless lover, Catherine brings to court the love of her life, Grigory Potemkin.
5/9/201116 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 47 - The Pugachev Rebellion

The greatest peasant rebellion in Russian history, led by Pugachev sends shivers down Empress Catherine's spine.
5/3/201117 minutes, 40 seconds
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First Anniversary Edition of the Russian Rulers Podcast - Part One

On April 30, 2010, I started this podcast, now one year later, I will recount the episodes from the beginning in a condensed form.
4/30/201118 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 46 - Leading by Example

Catherine, now in firm control, becomes the first Russian to be innoculated for smallpox. She also starts a war with the Ottoman Empire.
4/24/201120 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 45 - A Fragile Hold on Power

Catherine, fresh off the coup d'etat which brought her to power, consolidates her tenuous hold on the throne.
4/15/201119 minutes, 23 seconds
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Epsiode 44 - The Ascension of Catherine

Catherine, now Grand Duchess of Russia, plots to take control once Empress Elizabeth dies.
4/10/201121 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 43 - Catherine, the Virgin Wife

Sophie, now baptized Catherine Alexeyevna, begins to understand that her life was not to be an easy one. She was to find out who the Russians really were.
4/3/201118 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 42 - Catherine, The Early Years

Sophie Augusta Fredericka was an unlikely candidate to marry well. We follow her early years before she wed the future Tsar Peter III.
3/27/201119 minutes, 15 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Peter III - Freeing the Nobility From Service

Peter III, in his few short months accomplished much. The Manifesto Freeing the Nobility From Service was one such accomplishment.
3/21/201111 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 41 - Elizabeth I, The War of Austrian Succession & The Seven Years War

Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia, had Russia embroiled in 2 world wars up until her death.
3/13/201115 minutes, 24 seconds
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Epsiode 40 - The Reign of Elizabeth I, Part One

Elizabeth, having overthrown Ivan VI in a bloodless coup, rules Russia with a opulent style spending vast sums of money on the luxuries of the day.
3/7/201115 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 39 - Catherine I to Elizabeth I

Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.
2/27/201119 minutes, 3 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Peter's Table of Ranks

One of Peter the Great's reforms was the publishing of the Table of Ranks. It defined where a man would be in terms of nobility and place in society.
2/25/20119 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 38 - But There Is Still So Much To Do

Peter the Great's reign, lasting 42 years comes to an end. His legacy though, lasts to this day.
2/19/201118 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 37 - A Son, An Heir, A Grave Disappointment

Peter the Great's son Alexis, turns out to be the great disappointment of the Tsar's life. Russia begins to bring fear throughout Europe as its power grows.
2/8/201117 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 36 - The Aftermath of Poltava and the Disaster at Pruth

Bathing in the glory of Poltava, Peter becomes too cocky and almost has everything reversed at Pruth.
1/31/201116 minutes, 14 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Charles XII of Sweden

Charles XII of Sweden was a thorn in Peter I's side for many years. Here I give a brief overview of his life and impact on the world.
1/25/20119 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 35 - The Great Northern War, Peter Makes A Comeback

The Battle of Poltava is a seminal moment in Russian history destined to change the country forever. Peter accomplishes this while building St. Petersburg.
1/24/201119 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 34 - Two Titans - Peter and Charles XII

Peter, fresh from his Great Embassy, embarks on the Great Northern War against Sweden.
1/16/201116 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 33 - The Great Embassy, Part 2

Peter travels from Holland to England than off the Vienna before returning to Moscow to deal with the Streltsy revolt.
1/10/201116 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 32 - The Great Embassy, Part 1

Peter embarks on a Great Embassy to meet with the leaders of Europe and work as a simple carpenter in the ship building capitals of the world. 
12/23/201013 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 31 - Peter Takes on the Turks

Peter, having partied for 5 years, is ready to take control of things and take the fight to the Turk backed Tatars in Azov.
12/16/201018 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 30 - Tsar Peter's All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters

Peter has shed himself of Sophia but yearns to be with the foreigners and party the night away.
12/10/201014 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 29 - Peter Takes Control

Sophia's time is up and Peter grabs for power.
12/4/201015 minutes
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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Self-Criticism and the Western Influence

In the 17th century Moscow began to understand its limitation and why it needed to westernize.
12/1/20108 minutes, 13 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Education

Were the Muscovites literate? Did they have an educational system? We answer these questions in today's short podcast.
11/28/20104 minutes, 17 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Arts and Architecture

Muscovite art and architecture was a thing of beauty at the time of Peter the Great's rise to power.
11/26/20109 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 28 - Sophia and Golitsyn - Keeping the Throne Warm for Peter

Sophia, fresh from taking control of Russia through the use of the Streltsy relies on her love Vasili Golitsyn to run Russia.
11/23/201011 minutes, 40 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Thought and Literature

From the book A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg comes a description of Muscovite thought and literature.
11/22/20109 minutes
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Slap Shot Episode - Muscovite Religion and the Schism

From A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg, we recount the issue of religion and the schism in Muscovite Russia.
11/16/201016 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 27 - Peter Likes to Play War

Now in his early teens, Peter begins his life lessons, especially the lessons of war. Staying outside Moscow, he gains his love for the water and ships.
11/12/201014 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 26 - The Streltsy Revolt

Feodor dies leaving no direct heir but the Streltsy have in mind that their will be done.
11/4/201019 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 25 - Alexis I and Feodor III

Alexis I and Feodor III begin the slow Westernization of Russia through tumultuous times.
10/29/201017 minutes, 27 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Food and Drink of 17th Century Russians

The writings of Adam Olearius give us an insight into the day to day lives of the Russian people in the 17th Century.
10/22/20108 minutes, 3 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Cossacks

The Cossacks were a free living peoples who play a big role in Russian history due to their military service.
10/16/20108 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 24 - The Dawn of the Romanov Dynasty

The Time of Troubles is over but Russia needs a new Tsar. A sixteen year old boy, Michael Romanov is selected to lead the nation.
10/14/201018 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 23 - One Dmitri, Two Dmitri, Three Dmitri, More!

Boris Godunov becomes Tsar at the worst possible moment, the beginning of the Time of Troubles. False Dmitri's abound in this weeks podcast.
10/8/201015 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 22 - Feodor I and the ascension of Boris Godunov

Ivan the Terrible is dead replaced by his feeble minded son Feodor. Boris Godunov sits and waits for his turn at being Tsar.
10/1/201013 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 21 - Ivan IV - Oh My God, What Have I Done?

Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.
9/24/201016 minutes, 18 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Oprichnina

What was the Oprichnina? Was it the musings of a madman or a brilliant measure to centralize power?
9/18/20105 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 20 - Ivan IV and The Reign of Terror

Ivan, now in true psychopathic mode begins the full-scale terror of the Oprichnina period. 
9/16/201016 minutes, 56 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Not So Merry Wives of Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible was known for his cruelty but should have been equally known for his many wives, eight.
9/12/20105 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 19 - Ivan Becomes the Terrible

His wife dead, his mentors banished or murdered, Ivan begins his reign of terror, first aimed at the boyar class. Nothing was left ot hold Ivan back.
9/10/201014 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 18 - Ivan Grozny Unleashed

Ivan IV, fresh from the victory at Kazan, endures two tragic events in the coming years, the death of his son Dmitri and his wife Anastasia.
9/3/201015 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 17 - Ivan IV, The Youthful Warrior

Ivan, fresh off his wedding and coronation, sets off the rid himself of the Tartar menace in Kazan.
8/26/201021 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 16 - The Coronation and Marriage of Ivan IV

Ivan IV, now rid of his antagonists, gets ready to ascend to the throne and get married. Then crisis strikes the young Tsar.
8/19/201020 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 15 - Ivan IV, The Early Years, Part Two

Ivan, left to fend for himself is largely ignored by his supposed protectors. Traumatic events were to follow his youthfull years.
8/12/201014 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 14 - Ivan IV - The Early Years, Part One

Young Ivan IV, Grand Prince of Moscow, serves as a figurehead ruler with his mother as Regent.
8/5/201016 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 13 - Vasilli III and Why Moscow?

Vasilli III, son of Ivan the Great continues his fathers expansionist policies. We also answer the question why Moscow?
7/22/201016 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 12 - Ivan the Great, Part Three

The final episode of Ivan the Great's life discusses the many issues he dealt with towards the end of his reign.
7/15/201019 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 11 - Ivan the Great, Part Two

Ivan deals with both a new wife and the end of the dominance of the Golden Horde this week as well as finishing of pesky Tver.
7/7/201014 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 10 - Ivan the Great Part One

Ivan the Great, gatherer of Russian lands, defeats and brings into the fold the pesky city state of Novgorod. 
7/2/201015 minutes, 39 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - St. Sergius of Radonezh

In this short podcast, I discuss the life and enormous influence of St. Sergius of Radonezh.
6/29/20107 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 9 - Vasili I and Vasili the Blind

The son and grandson of Dmitri Donskoi lead Russia through difficult times, avoiding disaster but wearing the Muscovite populace down. 
6/25/201014 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 8 - Dmitri Donskoi

Dmitri Donskoi, hero of the battle of Kulikovo Field was to shatter the myth of Mongol invincibility.
6/19/201015 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 7 - Ivan Moneybags, Simeon the Proud and Ivan the Meek

Ivan I or Moneybags, begins to consolidate power into has hands and into the city of Moscow.
6/10/201016 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 6 - The Rise of Moscow

Alexander Nevsky was dead and the Mongols were in control. A little town, of no consequence begins its rise through its leader Daniel, Nevsky's little boy.
6/3/201012 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 5 - Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky, the shining light in a sea of darkness, has his life and influence discussed in today's podcast.
5/28/201014 minutes, 13 seconds
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Slap Shot Episode - The Appanage System

In a quick or slap shot of an episode, we delve into the appanage system of inheritance that helped rule Russia and ultimately made it vunerable.
5/24/20103 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 4 - Andrei Bogolyubski and the Arrival of the Mongols

Andrei Bogolyubski, fresh from his destruction of Kiev, sets the stage for autocratic rule in Russia. On the horizon though come the fearsome Mongols.
5/19/201017 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 3 - Yaroslav the Wise to the End of the Kievian Dominance

Yaroslav the Wise and Vladimir Monomakh reign Kiev during its zenith which was to come to a swift and brutal end.
5/13/201015 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 2 - Vladimir the Great and Sviatopolk the Accursed

Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.
5/7/201018 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 1 - Who are the Russians? Rurik to Yaropolk I

In this episode we discuss the peoples who inhabited the lands of early Russia and the early rulers of Kiev, from Rurik to Yarolpolk I.
4/30/201024 minutes, 45 seconds