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Russia’s Foreign Policy in the Mideast: Syria and Iran as Regional Springboards

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Russia’s Foreign Policy in the Mideast: Syria and Iran as Regional Springboards

Since the Arab Spring events began in 2011, Russia has been exceedingly active in the Middle East. The region now compromises an important vector of Russia’s Eurasian strategy, and successful policy applications here can set the stage for Russia’s future return as a global actor. It is thus necessary to explore Russia’s Mideast policy more […]

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Ukrainian nationalism – its roots and nature (II & III)

By Saker

Sunday, March 2, 2014

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Ukrainian nationalism – its roots and nature (II & III)

Part I PART TWO: Fascism, National Socialism and their different roots We are typically taught that WWII war saw the victory of the “Allied Powers” against the “Axis powers“.   While not incorrect, these categories are often confusing.  For example, according to Wikipedia, France and Yugoslavia were part of the Allied Powers.  That, of course, […]

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Episode 13. Why London presented Hitler with Vienna and Prague (III)

By Nikolay STARIKOV (Russia)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Episode 13. Why London presented Hitler with Vienna and Prague (III)

Part I Part II The Spanish Civil War officially ended on April 1, 1939.  But by that time Europe was no longer dealing with a mere local conflict, but a war that would engulf the entire continent.  It was time to unleash Hitler so he could do what the British needed him to do – […]

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Myth of the Eastern Front in American Popular Culture

By Victor OLEVICH (Russia)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Myth of the Eastern Front in American Popular Culture

ORIENTAL REVIEW publishes an intriguing interview with Professors Edward Davis and Ronald Smelser, the American military historians, authors of the book “The Myth of the Eastern Front: the Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture” (Cambridge University Press, 2007). They thoroughly researched why Wehrmacht was generally romanticized in American popular culture since the start of the […]

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (III)

By Nikolay STARIKOV (Russia)

Friday, June 28, 2013

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (III)

Part I Part II So Adolf Hitler managed to resolve the first problem.  However, even after becoming chancellor in January 1933, he still found himself unable to unleash a military conflict for the most prosaic of reasons – he literally had no army.  With his 100,000-strong Reichswehr (lacking tanks, aircraft, heavy artillery, and a fleet) […]

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (II)

By Nikolay STARIKOV (Russia)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (II)

Part I Thus, the suggestion that Hitler’s rise to power was fueled by Germany’s economic woes simply does not hold up.  So now let’s take a look at the political situation in that country during the period known as the Weimar Republic. It would be naive to deny the fact that Germany had spent the […]

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (I)

By Nikolay STARIKOV (Russia)

Friday, June 21, 2013

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Episode 12. Why did Britain and the United States have no desire to prevent WWII? (I)

The essential cause of the stability of our currency was to be sought for in our concentration camps. Adolf Hitler  For many years a single question has tormented the historians and politicians of many countries: would it have been possible to prevent the horrific Second World War?  And it’s clear from even a superficial analysis […]

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Operation Unthinkable: Churchill’s plan to start World War III

By Rakesh KRISNAN SIMHA (India)

Monday, June 17, 2013

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Operation Unthinkable: Churchill’s plan to start World War III

In the closing days of WW II, Winston Churchill came up with a bizarre plan for a joint British-American attack on the USSR. When told the Russians would bombard the UK on a massive scale, the British PM quietly backed off. On May 8, 1945, as people everywhere celebrated the end of World War II, […]

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Episode 11. A Soviet Quarter Century (1930-1955)

By Walter DUBLANICA (USA)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Episode 11. A Soviet Quarter Century (1930-1955)

In this time period which started  in 1930 with wooden plow shares to winning the war in Europe almost single handedly  to a cache of nuclear weapons in 1955. How did all this happen?  In the 1950’s if one were to suggest that the Soviet Union would produce more iron and oil then the U.S., […]

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War in the East: How Khalkhin-Gol changed the course of WWII

By Rakesh KRISNAN SIMHA (India)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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War in the East: How Khalkhin-Gol changed the course of WWII

In 1939 an unknown general named Georgy Zhukov trounced Japan at the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol in the Mongolian steppes, changing the trajectory of Japanese expansionism towards Pearl Harbour and Europe’s Asian colonies. The reasons for the spectacular Russian victories in Europe during WW II can be traced to a little-known but significant battle that took […]

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World War II in Europe – Timeline

By Walter DUBLANICA (USA)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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World War II in Europe – Timeline

The biggest ground war in human history took place in Europe from September, 1939 to May, 1945. The WWII timeline presented today by ORIENTAL REVIEW is the cortesy contribution by the American military historian Walter DuBlanica. SEPTEMBER ,1939   to MAY,1940 Germany attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. A few days later Britain and  France declare […]

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The Sword of Stalingrad

By Tatiana SINITSYNA (Russia)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

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The Sword of Stalingrad

2nd February marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, the toughest 200-day battle of the Second World War which turned Stalingrad into a landscape of apocalyptic ruins. The two hundred days and night of sheer hell that made up the Battle of Stalingrad altered the course of the war – […]

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