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July 12, 2014

A review of The Last Empire: The final days of the Soviet Union, by Serhii Plokhy. Newly unearthed material sheds fresh light on the dying days of the 'Evil Empire'.

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June 14, 2014

A review of Gottland, by Mariusz Szczygiel, a profoundly funny book about how one copes with tyranny.

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May 3, 2014

Gavrilo Princip – history's ultimate teenage tearaway. A review of The Trigger, by Tim Butcher. A triumphant and original account of the man who shot the Archduke.

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September 16, 2011

Russian officials today, much like the Soviet authorities of a past generation, encourage a cult of the Great Patriotic War. In the national narrative, this was their Finest Hour, still invoked on significant anniversary days as an example of heroism and sacrifice by politicians such as Vladimir Putin.

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December 2, 2009

No one here (I mean in Britain, not perhaps in the columns of The Spectator) likes to read anything nice about the Germans. So I shall warn you that there will be some praise for Germany in this review, mixed with the usual level of bashing. If the very thought of this shocks or appals you, I’ll do that rare thing for any journalist and suggest you turn the page and move on to something more comforting.

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