Monotowns in the Urals: Blast from the Past

Monotowns in the Urals: Blast from the Past

March 31, 2014 Sergey Poteryaev, special to RBTH

Photographer Sergey Poteryaev combines his own photographs and archive footage of the residents of Staraya Utka, a small monotown in Sverdlovsk Region. "I was using montage to understand whether there are any parallels between the life of these people then and now"

Allegoric maps of Europe from the First World War

Allegoric maps of Europe from the First World War

March 20, 2014 Ksenia Isaeva, Vladimir Stakheev, RBTH

The humorous allegoric propaganda maps stirred nationalistic fervour, mocked and belittled enemies and even served as a tool for students to learn their geography

The metamorphosis of Ukraine

The metamorphosis of Ukraine

March 16, 2014 Georgy Manaev, Alena Repkina, RBTH

On the eve of a referendum to determine the territorial affiliation of the Crimea, RBTH offers readers a potted history of the states that once existed on the territory of present-day Ukraine

Bringing out the big guns

Bringing out the big guns

March 10, 2014 Yuri Osokin, special to RBTH

After defeat in the Crimean War, Russia recognized the urgent need to overhaul its artillery. The creation of smokeless gunpowder paved the way for the development of Russia’s first rifled field gun

The Russian Empire was Europe’s real melting pot

The Russian Empire was Europe’s real melting pot

March 9, 2014 Pavel Kuzenkov, special to RBTH

Under the Romanovs, Russia played the same role in Eastern Europe as ancient Rome did in the Mediterranean and the United States in the Americas, argues historian Pavel Kuzenkov

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