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Russian Rulers History Podcast

First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.

Published: Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:18:44 -0500

Last Build Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500

Copyright: Mark Schauss

Episode 191 - It's A Wrap

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

After 200 plus episodes, it's time to wrap up the Russian Rulers History Podcast. It has been a long journey of over 7 1/2 years, but a memorable one. Thanks to all who have listened!!!

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Episode 190 - Peter the Great - A Reassessment

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Peter the Great is reassessed through the eyes of a number of historians and contemporaries.

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Episode 189 - Elizabeth, Ivan VI, Anna, Peter II and Catherine I

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The five Russian rulers between the titans, Peter and Catherine the Great are reassessed.

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Episode 188 - Catherine the Great & Peter III - A Reassessment

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400

In today's podcast we look back at the reigns of husband and wife, Peter III and Catherine II.

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Episode 187 - The Russian Civil War - The End

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

1922 marks the end of the most brutal civil war in human history, the Russian Civil War. Tens of millions of people perished with the Bolsheviks taking complete control.

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Episode 186 - The Russian Civil War - Here Come the Whites

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The Russian Civil War is in full swing and things are not looking good for the Bolsheviks. Find out how they handled the heat.

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Episode 185 - The Russian Civil War - The Beginning

Sun, 07 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The beginning of the Russian Civil War started the day the Provisional Government was overthrown. Millions would die over the coming five years.

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Episode 184 - The Russian Civil War - Part 3 - The Background

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

The prelude to the Russian Civil War is today's topic.

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Episode 183 - The Russian Civil War Part 2 - The Belligerents - The Red's and Black's

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.

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Episode 182 - The Russian Civil War, Part 1 - The Belligerents - The Whites

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

We will begin the discussion about the Russian Civil War with the commanders of the White Army's.

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Episode 181 - Tsar Paul - Was He Such a Bad Guy After All?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Today, we review the reign of Tsar Paul, son of Catherine the Great.

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Episode 180 - Three Alexander's and a Nicholas In Between

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.

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Episode 179 - Nicholas II - Who Could Have Done it Better?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500

Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.

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Episode 178 - Lenin - Could You Stay A Little While Longer?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400

Today we ask the question, what if? What if Vladimir Lenin had lived another 10 or 20 years longer. What would that have done to the history of the Soviet Union?

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Episode 177 - The Henchman of Khrushchev and Stalin - Part 2

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400

Henchmen Mikoyan, Molotov, Suslov, Voroshilov and Zhdanov get covered today.

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Episode 176 - The Henchmen of Stalin & Khrushchev - Part 1

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400

The henchmen of Stalin and Khrushchev were to be complicit in the murder of millions of people during the 1920's through the 50's.

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Episode 175 - Charlatan, Con Man, Murderer - Trofim Lysenko

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400

Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.

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Episode 174 - Getting Older by the Minute - Leonid Brezhnev

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400

As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.

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Episode 173 - A Rotten Stinking Mess, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko

Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400

During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.

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Episode 172 - A Collapsing Empire - Mikhail Gorbachev

Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400

In today's podcast we take another look at the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Episode 171 - Communist, Rebel and Capitalist Wanna Be - Boris Yeltsin

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400

We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.

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Podcast Update

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500

A quick update on the podcast future.

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Episode 170 - No Foreseeable End - Vladimir Putin

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500

We will be retracing all of the Russian Rulers, in reverse, starting with Vladimir Putin. This series will be more subjective than past episodes.

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Episode 169 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.

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Episode 168 - The History of Ukraine - Part One

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Ukraine is as much of a part of the history of Russia, as Russia is itself. Join us as we cover its 1000+ history.

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Episode 167 - Famines in Russia and the Soviet Union

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.

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Episode 166 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Three

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37.

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Episode 165 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Two

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.

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Episode 164 - Alexander Pushkin - Part One

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400

In today's podcast, we cover the early years of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexander Pushkin.

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Episode 163 - Leo Tolstoy - The Later Years of Transformation

Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400

This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.

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Episode 162 - Leo Tolstoy - Marriage, War and Peace and Anna Karenina

Sun, 31 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

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Episode 161 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood Part II

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.

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Episode 160 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood - Part 1

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400

Leo Tolstoy submits his first book, Childhood, for publication. It is met with wild enthusiasm.

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Episode 159 - Leo Tolstoy - Boyhood and Youth

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life.

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Episode 158 - Leo Tolstoy - Childhood and Boyhood

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500

Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.

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Episode 157 - Life on the Russian Country Estate - Part Two

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500

In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.

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Episode 156 - The Russian Country Estate - Part One

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500

The Russian country estate before the Russian Revolution was a beautiful place for the noble family.

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Episode 155 - Leon Trotsky - Ouster to End

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.

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Episode 154 - Leon Trotsky - 1905-1917

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.

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Episode 153 - Leon Trotsky - Part One

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.

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Episode 152 - The Life of Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.

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Episode 151 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1812 Overture

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

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Episode 150 - The Mongol Invasion - Did it Really Matter?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400

In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.

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Episode 149 - The Crimean War - The Aftermath

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The aftermath of the Crimean War caused a shift in power within Europe with clear winners and losers.

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Episode 148 - The Crimean War - The End

Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The war, dragging on for almost 2 years, needed to come to an end. The men were dying of disease and botched military planning. It was time.

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Episode 147 - The Crimean War - Part Seven

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.

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Slap Shot Episode - The Light Brigade

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a famous incident during the Battle of Balaclava. Today, I read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Last of the Light Brigade by Rudyard Kipling.

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Episode 146 - The Crimean War - Part Six

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.

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Episode 145 - The Crimean War - Part Five

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.

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Episode 144 - The Crimean War - The Leaders

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.

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Episode 143 - The Crimean War - Part Four

Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400

We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.

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Episode 142 - The Crimean War - Part Three

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.

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Episode 140 - How's He Do It?

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show.

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Episode 141 - The Crimean War - Part Two

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.

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Episode 139 - The Crimean War - Part One - A Short History of Crimea

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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Episode 138 - The Enserfment of the Russian Peasant

Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history.

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Episode 137 - A Very Brief History of Belarus

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.

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Episode 136 - The Battle of Borodino

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

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Episode 135 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part 2

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.

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Episode 134 - The Russian Imperial Army

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.

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Episode 133 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part One

Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.

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Episode 132 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin - Part 2

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500

Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.

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Episode 131 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Part 1

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0500

Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.

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Episode 130 - Was the Starets Feodor Kuzmich Really Alexander I

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?

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Episode 129 - The Four Rebellions - A Final Discussion

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400

In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.

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Episode 128 - The Pugachev Rebellion

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.

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Episode 127 - The Pugachev Rebellion - Part 1

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

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Episode 126 - The Bulavin Rebellion

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.

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Episode 125 - The Rebellion of Stenka Razin

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.

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Episode 124 - The Bolotnikov Rebellion - 1606-7

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.

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Episode 123 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 4

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400

From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.

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Episode 122 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 3

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.

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Episode 121 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 2

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.

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Episode 120 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 1

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400

The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.

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Episode 119 - The Geography and Climate of Russia

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.

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Episode 118 - Chechnya and Russia: A Bad Relationship

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Find out why.

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Episode 117 - Vladimir Putin - An Unexpected Rise

Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.

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Episode 116 - President to Private Citizen - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.

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Episode 115 - A Coup, A Failure, and the Beginning of a New Russia

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.

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Episode 114 - Rise of the Phoenix

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.

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Episode 113 - Yeltsin Begins to Make His Mark

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things.

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Episode 112 - Yeltsin Grows Up

Sun, 17 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0400

Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.

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Episode 111 - Boris Yeltsin - The Early Years

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500

With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.

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Episode 110 - The End of the USSR

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500

After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.

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Episode 109 - The End Game Nears

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0500

The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.

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Episode 108 - Gorbachev Muddles Through Things

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500

Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems

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Episode 107 - Gorbachev Rises On Top of a Heaping Mess of Things

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0500

We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.

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Episode 106 - Gorbachev Joins the Party

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 00:01:00 -0500

We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai.

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Overdrive - The Christianization of the Rus - Primary Chronicles

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500

This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.

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Episode 105 - Gorbachev - How He Got On Top In His Words

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500

Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.

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A Russian Halloween Story - The Blacksmith and the Devil

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400

The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.

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Episode 104 - Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chenenko and the Rise of Mikhail Gorbachev

Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400

After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Episode 103 - Brezhnev and the Era Of Stagnation

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.

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Episode 102 - A Collective Leadership Takes Control

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400

With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.

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Overdrive - The Primary Chronicles - Part One

Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0400

The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.

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Overdrive - The Plight of the Consumer

Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.

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Episode 101 - We Will Bury You Nikita Sergeyevich

Sun, 09 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.

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Overdrive - The Sino/Soviet Conflict According to Khrushchev

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0400

Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.

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Episode 100 - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400

This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.

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Episode 99 - Teetering at the Brink of War

Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0400

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.

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