If Afghanistan was an ‘occupied’ country during Soviet dominance from 1979 to 1988, how did it become a free country after Americans entered in 2001?
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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 […]
The Saker’s analysis of the situation in Ukraine done in the midst of the coup d’etat and Crimean events at the end of February 2014.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]