are in order about weapons acquisition systems in general, identifying features common to any weapons policy, in the SovietUnion or elsewhere. PRELIMINARIES AND PERSPECTIVES Weapons acquistion is a process which transforms nationat resources into usable military hardware. The character of any naCle
malignant expression he retorted that the house belonged not to him but to the Moscow Soviet.55 Prior to his return from Italy to the SovietUnion in 1931, he had written an urgent letter to his private secretary, P. Kriuchkov, who was then in Moscow to settle the question o f where Gor'kii would live
appreciable at the present time.” 2
The tumbling of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the SovietUnion set a similar point of inflection. Such geopolitical changes significantly influence historiographical interests and perspectives. On the eve of the centenary of the February Revolution of 1917, this
Sciences, was an archetypal Cold Warrior, serving as John F. Kennedy’s National Security Adviser, where he supervised the Bay of Pigs invasion and the ramp-up of the Vietnam War. Gvishiani occupied a similar position in the SovietUnion’s postwar hierarchy. A leading academic, Gvishiani was married to the
Russia’s historical development.
In the early 1960s, I went to Russia, that is, the SovietUnion, as an exchange graduate student and spent a couple of years in the history department of Moscow University working on my doctoral dissertation about the politics of serf emancipation in the 1850s and 1860s
inspired games are ideological by nature due to the technical-military society in which they are born.
In the SovietUnion, a variety of board games were produced, however this sphere had ideological restrictions, the main of which was the condemnation of greed and the rate race [“quick ruble”-“ dlinnyi
Much of the past scholarship on Islam in the SovietUnion has taken this gloomy and restrictive panorama at face value, and as a point of departure. While acknowledging that Islam neither died nor withered away after the end of mass repression, this scholarship has relied almost exclusively on Soviet
The aim of this article is to examine the attitudes of the Soviet Union and Germany towards the problem of Vilnius in the period between the First and Second World Wars. The article is based mainly on unpublished documents from Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, German and Soviet archives. The problem under review emerged after the First World War, when Poland occupied the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, and kept it under its control almost until the Second World War. Lithuania refused to recognize the situation, and between the two countries there arose a conflict, which was instigated by the Soviet Union and Germany, as they did not want the Baltic States and Poland to create a defence union.
The Soviet Union and Germany worked hand in hand in dealing with this conflict. In the process of its regulation they acquired quite an extensive experience in diplomatic co-operation, which they applied successfully in establishing the spheres of their influence in the Baltic States in 1939.
AR TICLES ROMAN KOLKOWICZ (Los Angeles, U.S.A.) INTRODUCTION : THE SOVIETUNION-ELUSIVE A D VER SAR Y In the thermonuclear age, any misjudgment on either side about the intentions of the other could rain more devastation in several hours than has been wrought in all the wars of human history
ZIGURDS L. ZILE (Madison, Wis., U.S.A.) Amnesty and Pardon in the SovietUnion Soviet rulers have frequently proclaimed executive clemency for both real and imagined offenders against their country's laws. There have been more than one hundred and eighty instances of amnesty of one sort or