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The 10 best books about the East and the West

Here a very subjective list of most interesting books on the East and the West that you can easily find today. For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies, by Prof. Robert Irwin: A story of Oriental studies The Silk Roads, by Prof. Peter Frankopan, “a new history of the world”, like the subtitle […]

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Books Germany

“Mutti and the Mannschaft: Germany in the Twenty-First century” by Stefano Di Lorenzo – book review

For the past decade, there has been a consensus that Germany has become the leading force of Europe – and a leading force for good and progress in the world. When Stefano Di Lorenzo, the author of the book “Mutti and the Mannschaft: Germany in the Twenty-First century” (published by East & West Books), first […]

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Books History Russia

“The spectre of a scary Russia is a part of Western culture” – interview with Cambridge Prof. Mark B. Smith

Mark B. Smith is Professor of History at Cambridge, and specializes in the history of the Soviet Union. He runs the blog beyondthekremlin.com. His most recent book is called The Russia Anxiety: And History Can Resolve It and was published by Allen Lane/Penguin in 2019. You can find the book on Amazon here. East & […]

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Timothy Snyder’s “The Road to Unfreedom” – book review

Timothy Snyder’s book “The Road to Unfreedom” is, in many respects, extraordinary. The problem is, it might be so for all the wrong reasons. The central purpose of the book is to sound a warning call to all people in the West, or like the description says: “The past in another country, the old saying goes. […]

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Books History Interviews

“I have no idea what the terms East and West mean”, interview with Prof. Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. His latest book is “The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World”, published by Bloomsbury. The New Silk Roads on amazon.com and on amazon.co.uk. East&West: When the Cold War ended, people thought the whole world was going to become […]

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Books Journalism Politics

Book review: “Collusion: How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win The White House”

Luke Harding’s latest book “Collusion: how Russia helped Trump win the White House” purports to be the definitive account of Russiagate

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Books Culture

Book review: “The Age of Anger” by Pankaj Mishra

I will tell you straight away: for those like me who feel that the nineteenth century is unsurpassed

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Books Russia Turkey

Russia and Turkey: Restless Partners? Interview with Russian expert Ivan Starodubtsev

Ivan Starodubtsev is a well-known Russian political scientist, businessman and expert on Turkey, and has lived and worked in this country for a long time. His name, as a specialist in Turkey, is often found on the pages of the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, and he is a regular guest on the program “From Two to […]

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Books Russia Turkey

Россия и Турция – беспокойные соседи? Интервью с Иваном Стародубцевым

Иван Стародубцев – известный политолог, бизнесмен и главный эксперт по Турции в России, долгое время живший и работавший в этой стране. Его имя, как специалиста по Турции, часто встречается на страницах газет «Московский комсомолец», звучит в эфирах передачи «От двух до пяти» на радиостанции «Вести ФМ» и на центральных телеканалах.

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Books Journalism Politics

10 books to understand the world today

Everyone likes to be informed and up-to-date. In the age of the incessant news feed, people feel cut off from the world if they don’t consume news

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Books History Politics Russia Ukraine

Letter to Harvard Prof. Serhii Plokhy

Dear Prof. Plokhy, I am reading your latest book on the history of Ukraine. It is not the first book I read on the subject and it will probably not be the last one. I hold the institution of Harvard, where you happen to teach, in very high esteem

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Berlin Books Culture Germany

The tyranny of coolness – or not? Book review: 111 reasons to hate Berlin

Everybody loves Berlin. Especially if you are a cool person you just have to love Berlin, it is young, dynamic, creative, sexy, well, you know the list. Yes, everybody loves Berlin, except Kristjan Knall. Kristjan Knall does not love Berlin, in particular he does not love the Berliners, in particular the hipsters (this subspecies of […]

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