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Peter the Great
  • Pub Date: Aug 28, 2017
  • Episode 190 - Peter the Great - A Reassessment
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  • Peter the Great is reassessed through the eyes of a number of historians and contemporaries.
Empress Anna
  • Pub Date: Aug 13, 2017
  • Episode 189 - Elizabeth, Ivan VI, Anna, Peter II and Catherine I
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  • The five Russian rulers between the titans, Peter and Catherine the Great are reassessed.
The Hermitage
  • Pub Date: Jul 30, 2017
  • Episode 188 - Catherine the Great & Peter III - A Reassessment
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  • In today's podcast we look back at the reigns of husband and wife, Peter III and Catherine II.
  • Pub Date: May 14, 2017
  • Episode 186 - The Russian Civil War - Here Come the Whites
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  • The Russian Civil War is in full swing and things are not looking good for the Bolsheviks. Find out how they handled the heat.
The Winter Palace
  • Pub Date: Apr 10, 2017
  • Episode 184 - The Russian Civil War - Part 3 - The Background
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  • The prelude to the Russian Civil War is today's topic.
Lenin
  • Pub Date: Mar 08, 2017
  • Episode 183 - The Russian Civil War Part 2 - The Belligerents - The Red's and Black's
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  • In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.
  • Pub Date: Jan 18, 2017
  • Episode 181 - Tsar Paul - Was He Such a Bad Guy After All?
  • Listen:
  • Today, we review the reign of Tsar Paul, son of Catherine the Great.
Alexander I
  • Pub Date: Jan 02, 2017
  • Episode 180 - Three Alexander's and a Nicholas In Between
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  • The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.
Nicholas II's last picture
  • Pub Date: Nov 10, 2016
  • Episode 179 - Nicholas II - Who Could Have Done it Better?
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  • Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.
Vladimir Lenin as a young man
  • Pub Date: Sep 18, 2016
  • Episode 178 - Lenin - Could You Stay A Little While Longer?
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  • 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?
  • Pub Date: Jul 24, 2016
  • Episode 176 - The Henchmen of Stalin & Khrushchev - Part 1
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  • 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.
Trofim Denisovich Lysenko
  • Pub Date: Jun 26, 2016
  • Episode 175 - Charlatan, Con Man, Murderer - Trofim Lysenko
  • Listen:
  • Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Pub Date: Jun 05, 2016
  • Episode 174 - Getting Older by the Minute - Leonid Brezhnev
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  • As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.
Yuri Andropov
  • Pub Date: May 23, 2016
  • Episode 173 - A Rotten Stinking Mess, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko
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  • During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.
Boris Yeltsin
  • Pub Date: Apr 10, 2016
  • Episode 171 - Communist, Rebel and Capitalist Wanna Be - Boris Yeltsin
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  • We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.
  • Pub Date: Mar 01, 2016
  • Podcast Update
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  • A quick update on the podcast future.
Former head of Ukraine SSR Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Nov 16, 2015
  • Episode 169 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two
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  • Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.
The Famine of 1601-02
  • Pub Date: Sep 13, 2015
  • Episode 167 - Famines in Russia and the Soviet Union
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  • Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.
Natalya Pushkina
  • Pub Date: Aug 24, 2015
  • Episode 166 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Three
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  • Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37.
Pushkin
  • Pub Date: Aug 09, 2015
  • Episode 165 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Two
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  • Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.
  • Pub Date: Jun 14, 2015
  • Episode 163 - Leo Tolstoy - The Later Years of Transformation
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  • This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.
Leo Tolstoy
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2015
  • Episode 162 - Leo Tolstoy - Marriage, War and Peace and Anna Karenina
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  • Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Count Leo Tolstoy
  • Pub Date: Apr 30, 2015
  • Episode 161 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood Part II
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  • Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.
Leo Tolstoy at the age of 20
  • Pub Date: Mar 03, 2015
  • Episode 159 - Leo Tolstoy - Boyhood and Youth
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  • Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life.
Photo of Leo Tolstoy
  • Pub Date: Feb 23, 2015
  • Episode 158 - Leo Tolstoy - Childhood and Boyhood
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  • Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.
The Apraskin Estate
  • Pub Date: Feb 02, 2015
  • Episode 157 - Life on the Russian Country Estate - Part Two
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  • In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.
The Office where Trotsky was murdered.
  • Pub Date: Dec 08, 2014
  • Episode 155 - Leon Trotsky - Ouster to End
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  • Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.
Trotsky and his daughter Nina
  • Pub Date: Dec 02, 2014
  • Episode 154 - Leon Trotsky - 1905-1917
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  • Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.
Lev Davidovich Bronstein - Trotsky
  • Pub Date: Nov 17, 2014
  • Episode 153 - Leon Trotsky - Part One
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  • Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.
Feodor Dostoyevsky
  • Pub Date: Oct 26, 2014
  • Episode 152 - The Life of Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
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  • Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Pub Date: Oct 06, 2014
  • Episode 151 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1812 Overture
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  • Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Sacking of Suzdal by Batu Khan
  • Pub Date: Sep 15, 2014
  • Episode 150 - The Mongol Invasion - Did it Really Matter?
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  • In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.
Lord Raglan
  • Pub Date: Aug 10, 2014
  • Episode 148 - The Crimean War - The End
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  • 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.
Baron Raglan
  • Pub Date: Jul 13, 2014
  • Episode 147 - The Crimean War - Part Seven
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  • The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Simpson
  • Pub Date: Jun 29, 2014
  • Slap Shot Episode - The Light Brigade
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  • 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.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2014
  • Episode 146 - The Crimean War - Part Six
  • Listen:
  • The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.
The French at the Battle of Alma
  • Pub Date: Jun 02, 2014
  • Episode 145 - The Crimean War - Part Five
  • Listen:
  • The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.
Tsar Nicholas I
  • Pub Date: Jun 01, 2014
  • Episode 144 - The Crimean War - The Leaders
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  • Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.
Tsar Nicholas I of Russia
  • Pub Date: May 20, 2014
  • Episode 143 - The Crimean War - Part Four
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  • We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.
Crimean War Memorial in London
  • Pub Date: Apr 30, 2014
  • Episode 142 - The Crimean War - Part Three
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  • The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.
Russian Rulers Podcaster Mark Schauss
  • Pub Date: Apr 13, 2014
  • Episode 140 - How's He Do It?
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  • Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show.
The Black Sea and Crimea
  • Pub Date: Apr 13, 2014
  • Episode 141 - The Crimean War - Part Two
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  • The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.
The Genoan Fortress of Caffa
  • Pub Date: Mar 29, 2014
  • Episode 139 - The Crimean War - Part One - A Short History of Crimea
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  • Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
The Theatre and Opera House in Minsk
  • Pub Date: Mar 02, 2014
  • Episode 137 - A Very Brief History of Belarus
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  • Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.
Field Marshal Kutuzov at Borodino
  • Pub Date: Feb 10, 2014
  • Episode 136 - The Battle of Borodino
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  • The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
Field Marshall Mikhail Kutuzov
  • Pub Date: Feb 02, 2014
  • Episode 135 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part 2
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  • The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.
Russian Military Discipline
  • Pub Date: Jan 21, 2014
  • Episode 134 - The Russian Imperial Army
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  • The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.
Count Alexander Tormasov
  • Pub Date: Jan 05, 2014
  • Episode 133 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part One
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  • Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.
Post-Mortum Picture of Rasputin
  • Pub Date: Dec 20, 2013
  • Episode 132 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin - Part 2
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  • Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.
Rasputin with his children
  • Pub Date: Dec 08, 2013
  • Episode 131 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Part 1
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  • Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.
The Starets Feodor Kuzmich
  • Pub Date: Oct 27, 2013
  • Episode 130 - Was the Starets Feodor Kuzmich Really Alexander I
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  • 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?
Composer Modest Mussorgsky
  • Pub Date: Oct 06, 2013
  • Episode 129 - The Four Rebellions - A Final Discussion
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  • In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.
  • Pub Date: Sep 30, 2013
  • Episode 128 - The Pugachev Rebellion
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  • The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.
Emilian Pugachev
  • Pub Date: Sep 22, 2013
  • Episode 127 - The Pugachev Rebellion - Part 1
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  • The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
Peter the Great of Russia
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2013
  • Episode 126 - The Bulavin Rebellion
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  • The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.
Rebel leader Stenka Razin
  • Pub Date: Sep 02, 2013
  • Episode 125 - The Rebellion of Stenka Razin
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  • Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.
The Bolotnikov Rebellion
  • Pub Date: Aug 19, 2013
  • Episode 124 - The Bolotnikov Rebellion - 1606-7
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  • The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.
Father Gapon
  • Pub Date: Aug 12, 2013
  • Episode 123 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 4
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  • From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.
Konstantin Pobedonostsev
  • Pub Date: Aug 04, 2013
  • Episode 122 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 3
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  • The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.
St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
  • Pub Date: Jul 21, 2013
  • Episode 121 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 2
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  • The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.
Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow
  • Pub Date: Jul 14, 2013
  • Episode 120 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 1
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  • The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.
A Map of Kievan Rus
  • Pub Date: Jun 23, 2013
  • Episode 119 - The Geography and Climate of Russia
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  • Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.
Chechen Imam Shamil Surrendering in 1859
  • Pub Date: Jun 17, 2013
  • Episode 118 - Chechnya and Russia: A Bad Relationship
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  • Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Find out why.
Vladimir Putin from www.kremlin.ru.
  • Pub Date: May 13, 2013
  • Episode 117 - Vladimir Putin - An Unexpected Rise
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  • Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.
Boris Yeltsin
  • Pub Date: Apr 29, 2013
  • Episode 116 - President to Private Citizen - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
  • Listen:
  • Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.
Yeltsin on a Tank in Front of the White House
  • Pub Date: Apr 21, 2013
  • Episode 115 - A Coup, A Failure, and the Beginning of a New Russia
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  • Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.
George H. W. Bush and Yelstin
  • Pub Date: Apr 14, 2013
  • Episode 114 - Rise of the Phoenix
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  • Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.
Boris Yeltsin
  • Pub Date: Apr 03, 2013
  • Episode 113 - Yeltsin Begins to Make His Mark
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  • Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things.
Ipatiev House
  • Pub Date: Mar 17, 2013
  • Episode 112 - Yeltsin Grows Up
  • Listen:
  • Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.
Boris Yeltsin
  • Pub Date: Mar 04, 2013
  • Episode 111 - Boris Yeltsin - The Early Years
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  • With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.
The Russian White House
  • Pub Date: Feb 05, 2013
  • Episode 110 - The End of the USSR
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  • After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.
Eduard Shevarnadze
  • Pub Date: Jan 13, 2013
  • Episode 109 - The End Game Nears
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  • The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.
Reagan and Gorbachev Meet
  • Pub Date: Dec 27, 2012
  • Episode 108 - Gorbachev Muddles Through Things
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  • Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems
Dmitri Ustinov
  • Pub Date: Dec 12, 2012
  • Episode 107 - Gorbachev Rises On Top of a Heaping Mess of Things
  • Listen:
  • We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.
  • Pub Date: Nov 28, 2012 - 12:01 am
  • Episode 106 - Gorbachev Joins the Party
  • Listen:
  • We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai.
Baptism of Vladimir the Great
  • Pub Date: Nov 22, 2012
  • Overdrive - The Christianization of the Rus - Primary Chronicles
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  • This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.
Raisa Gorbachova and Metropolitan Pitrimin
  • Pub Date: Nov 14, 2012
  • Episode 105 - Gorbachev - How He Got On Top In His Words
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  • Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.
Happy Halloween!!!
  • Pub Date: Oct 31, 2012
  • A Russian Halloween Story - The Blacksmith and the Devil
  • Listen:
  • The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.
Yuri Andropov
  • Pub Date: Oct 28, 2012
  • Episode 104 - Yuri Andropov, Konstantin Chenenko and the Rise of Mikhail Gorbachev
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  • After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.
Alexei Kosygin
  • Pub Date: Oct 14, 2012
  • Episode 103 - Brezhnev and the Era Of Stagnation
  • Listen:
  • Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.
Nikolai Podgorny
  • Pub Date: Oct 07, 2012
  • Episode 102 - A Collective Leadership Takes Control
  • Listen:
  • With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.
A Page From the Primary Chronicles
  • Pub Date: Oct 02, 2012
  • Overdrive - The Primary Chronicles - Part One
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  • 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.
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Sep 16, 2012
  • Overdrive - The Plight of the Consumer
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  • Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Sep 09, 2012
  • Episode 101 - We Will Bury You Nikita Sergeyevich
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  • Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Sep 02, 2012
  • Overdrive - The Sino/Soviet Conflict According to Khrushchev
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  • Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.
The Russian Flag
  • Pub Date: Aug 26, 2012
  • Episode 100 - Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
  • Listen:
  • This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.
Fidel Castro
  • Pub Date: Aug 12, 2012
  • Episode 99 - Teetering at the Brink of War
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  • The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.
U2 Image of Missiles in Cuba
  • Pub Date: Jul 29, 2012
  • Episode 98 - A Series of Unfortunate Decisions
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  • The decision to place missiles in Cuba by Khrushchev is a bungled disaster.
Missile Sites in Cuba
  • Pub Date: Jul 15, 2012
  • Episode 97 - The Berlin Wall and The Cuban Missile Crisis
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  • The Berlin Wall is erected and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to unleash a thermonuclear war.
Mao, Bulganin and Stalin
  • Pub Date: Jul 08, 2012
  • Overdrive - Mao in Moscow
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  • Mao visits Moscow to meet with Khrushchev and makes some startling statements.
US President Eisenhower
  • Pub Date: Jul 05, 2012
  • Episode 96 - The American Trip, The U-2 and The Shoe
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  • Khrushchev's American trip did little to help ease worldwide tensions but the U-2 incident and the shoe banging incident in the U.N. was even worse.
Soviet Flag over Port Arthur
  • Pub Date: Jun 27, 2012
  • Overdrive - First Visit to Peking
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  • Khrushchev and associates pay their first visit to China.
Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Jun 25, 2012
  • Episode 95 - The Berlin Crisis and Khrushchev Visits America, Part 1
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  • Khrushchev, now undisputed leader of the USSR, is determined thaw out relations with the West, his way.
Mao and Stalin at the latters 70th birthday
  • Pub Date: Jun 20, 2012
  • Overdrive Episode - The Origins of the Schism with China
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  • From the book Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, this podcast focuses of the origins of the schism between the USSR and China.
Marshal Tito
  • Pub Date: Jun 18, 2012
  • Episode 94 - Khrushchev Meets the World
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  • Khrushchev, having survived a coup, takes on the international stage.
Kliment Voroshilov
  • Pub Date: Jun 10, 2012
  • Episode 93 - The June Coup
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  • The Anti-Party group led by Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov attempt to overthrow Khrushchev.
Stalin's Statue Pulled Down in Budapest
  • Pub Date: Jun 03, 2012
  • Episode 92 - The Hungarian Revolution
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  • After giving the Secret Speech, unforeseen crises erupted, the greatest of which was the Hungarian Revolution.
Lazar Kaganovich
  • Pub Date: May 28, 2012
  • Episode 91 - Khrushchev Grows Up
  • Listen:
  • His rise to the top is one of legends. Here we follow Nikita Khrushchev's improbable climb.
Georgy Malenkov
  • Pub Date: May 07, 2012
  • Episode 89 - Jockeying for Position
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  • Khrushchev begins his jockeying for power against Malenkov and Molotov.
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Pub Date: Apr 20, 2012
  • Episode 88 - On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences
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  • An edited version of the Secret Speech of Nikita Khrushchev given to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 is read.
Beria with Svetlana Stalin on his lap with the Boss in the background
  • Pub Date: Apr 15, 2012
  • Episode 87 - Who's In Charge?
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  • With Stalin dead, a power vacuum gets filled but Beria failed to see a plot led by Khrushchev to overthrow him.
Stalin's Body
  • Pub Date: Apr 08, 2012
  • Episode 86 - The End of a Monster
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  • Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR for 30 years was planning World War III when he died of a stroke in 1953.
Stalin and Truman at Potsda,
  • Pub Date: Apr 01, 2012
  • Episode 85 - The End of One War, the Beginning of Another
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  • With World War II over, Stalin now plans for global domination and starts the Cold War.
The Tehran Conference
  • Pub Date: Mar 25, 2012
  • Episode 84 - Wehrmacht on the Run
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  • With the Germans being beaten across the board, Stalin resumes purging his people of nationalistic tendencies.
The Battle of Stalingrad
  • Pub Date: Mar 18, 2012
  • Episode 83 - The Battle for the Motherland
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  • The Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad as well as the siege of Leningrad are center stage.
Soviet POW's in 1941
  • Pub Date: Mar 11, 2012
  • Episode 82 - Operation Barbarossa: Stalin's Worst Nightmare
  • Listen:
  • Hitler's Wehrmacht invades Russia and Stalin is forced to figure out a way to save his country.
Tamerlane, aka Timur
  • Pub Date: Mar 04, 2012
  • Episode 81 - Invasion
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  • Preparations are made by the Germans and Russians for war and on June 22, 1941 Stalin got his wish.
Mikhail Tukhachevsky
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2012
  • Episode 80 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part II
  • Listen:
  • Stalin fuels the fires of paranoia to escalate the Great Purge of 1937 and 38.
Maxim Gorky
  • Pub Date: Feb 12, 2012
  • Episode 79 - Stalin's Great Purge - Part I
  • Listen:
  • The Great Purges was a time where millions were killed to eliminate all enemies of Joseph Stalin.
Genrikh Yagoda
  • Pub Date: Feb 05, 2012
  • Episode 78 - The Beginning of the Reign of Terror
  • Listen:
  • Stalin begins the Reign of Terror sending millions of Russians to their death.
Joseph Stalin
  • Pub Date: Jan 29, 2012
  • Episode 77 - Once a Follower, Now a Leader
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  • Stalin takes control of the USSR and ousts his enemies, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.
A Young Bakunin
  • Pub Date: Jan 09, 2012
  • Episode 75 - Mikhail Bakunin - The Collectivist Anarchist
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  • As a preview to the post-Rulers podcasts, today we focus on Mikhail Bakunin famed philosopher/anarchist.
Chernashevsky
  • Pub Date: Dec 24, 2011
  • Episode 74 - Koba, Lenin's Left Leg
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  • Soso, became the revolutionary Koba who followed his idol Lenin and the Bolshevik Party.
Lenin's First Tomb
  • Pub Date: Dec 11, 2011
  • Episode 72 - Comrade Lenin We Hardly Knew You
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  • Lenin, resolves the economic disasters hitting Russia, suffers 3 strokes which take him out of control of the country.
Images from the Russian Civil War
  • Pub Date: Dec 04, 2011
  • Episode 71 - The Russian Civil War
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  • With Lenin taking control of the government, a civil war broke out that threatened his position.
A Young Lenin
  • Pub Date: Nov 27, 2011
  • Episode 70 - The Bolsheviks are Coming, the Bolsheviks are Coming
  • Listen:
  • Vladimir Lenin takes control of the Russian government amidst chaos in Petrograd.
Alexander Kerensky
  • Pub Date: Nov 14, 2011
  • Episode 69 - The Provisional Government
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  • With Nicholas II gone, the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky takes control.
St. Sergius of Radonezh
  • Pub Date: Oct 30, 2011
  • Questions and Answers #1
  • Listen:
  • Today's episode is meant to answer questions that have been posed about Russian history.
The last picture of Nicholas II
  • Pub Date: Oct 24, 2011
  • Episode 68 - Death to the Romanov's
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  • Nicholas II has abdicated the throne and is now house arrest where he awaits his fate.
Romanov Family Portrait
  • Pub Date: Oct 16, 2011
  • Episode 67 - Why Did It Have To End?
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas II under increasing pressure to abdicate, gives up the throne his family held for over 300 years.
Nicholas II as Alexis I
  • Pub Date: Oct 11, 2011
  • Episode 66 - From Celebrations to the Misery of War
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas II celebrates a number of historical events while he gets his country ready to plunge into WWI.
Rasputin
  • Pub Date: Oct 02, 2011
  • Episode 65 - The Beginning of the End for Nicholas II
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas II steers Russian foreign policy towards war after changing the makeup of the Duma.
Bloody Sunday 1905
  • Pub Date: Sep 27, 2011
  • Episode 64 - Tsar Nicholas II Loses His Relationship With His People
  • Listen:
  • Tsar Nicholas II allows for a Duma to be formed after the Revolution of 1905.
Battlefields in the Russo-Japanese War
  • Pub Date: Sep 19, 2011
  • Episode 63 - Road Trip to Destruction
  • Listen:
  • Russia plunges headlong into war with Japan and suffers a humiliating defeat.
Alexandra and Nicholas
  • Pub Date: Sep 04, 2011
  • Episode 62 - Nicholas II and His String of Major Errors
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas II, instead of relaxing the policies of his father Alexander III, tightens them alienating more and more of his subjects.
Nicholas II
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2011
  • Episode 61 - The Ascension of the Last Romanov
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas II becomes Tsar reluctantly on the death of his father. Within years tragedy strikes at the celebration of his coronation at the Khodynka Field.
Alexander III
  • Pub Date: Aug 08, 2011
  • Episode 60 - Reforms? There Will Be No Reforms!
  • Listen:
  • Alexander III take control of Russia and undoes many of the reforms of his late, murdered father.
Photo of Alexander II
  • Pub Date: Jul 24, 2011
  • Episode 58 - The Ascension of the Great Liberator - Alexander II
  • Listen:
  • With Nicholas I dead and the Crimean War going badly, Alexander II takes control and seeks to reform his Russia.
Preobrazhinskoe Badge
  • Pub Date: Jul 20, 2011
  • Slap Shot Episode - Russian History Books
  • Listen:
  • So how do I come up with all of my podcasts? This episode host Mark Schauss reviews the books he uses to research the subject of Russian History.
The Taking of the Malakoff during the Crimean War
  • Pub Date: Jul 17, 2011
  • Episode 57 - The Misery is Beyond Description
  • Listen:
  • Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses.
Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Pub Date: Jun 27, 2011
  • Episode 54 - Napoleon versus Alexander
  • Listen:
  • Napoleon continues to menace the Russian border until he decides to invade in 1812. Things don't go as planned.
Serfs Leaving Their Master
  • Pub Date: Jun 12, 2011
  • Slap Shot Episode - The Evil Within Russia - Serfdom
  • Listen:
  • Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne.
Joseph II of Austria
  • Pub Date: May 22, 2011
  • Episode 50 - Catherine Goes to the Crimea
  • Listen:
  • Empress Catherine, having taken control of the Crimea, sets off on a grand tour of the newly conquered land.
Emilian Pugachov
  • Pub Date: May 03, 2011
  • Episode 47 - The Pugachev Rebellion
  • Listen:
  • The greatest peasant rebellion in Russian history, led by Pugachev sends shivers down Empress Catherine's spine.
Alexander Nevsky
  • Pub Date: Apr 30, 2011
  • First Anniversary Edition of the Russian Rulers Podcast - Part One
  • Listen:
  • On April 30, 2010, I started this podcast, now one year later, I will recount the episodes from the beginning in a condensed form.
The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg
  • Pub Date: Apr 24, 2011
  • Episode 46 - Leading by Example
  • Listen:
  • Catherine, now in firm control, becomes the first Russian to be innoculated for smallpox. She also starts a war with the Ottoman Empire.
Peter III of Russia
  • Pub Date: Mar 21, 2011
  • Slap Shot Episode - Peter III - Freeing the Nobility From Service
  • Listen:
  • Peter III, in his few short months accomplished much. The Manifesto Freeing the Nobility From Service was one such accomplishment.
Peter III of Russia
  • Pub Date: Mar 13, 2011
  • Episode 41 - Elizabeth I, The War of Austrian Succession & The Seven Years War
  • Listen:
  • Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia, had Russia embroiled in 2 world wars up until her death.
Elizabeth I of Russia
  • Pub Date: Mar 07, 2011
  • Epsiode 40 - The Reign of Elizabeth I, Part One
  • Listen:
  • Elizabeth, having overthrown Ivan VI in a bloodless coup, rules Russia with a opulent style spending vast sums of money on the luxuries of the day.
Anna I of Russia
  • Pub Date: Feb 27, 2011
  • Episode 39 - Catherine I to Elizabeth I
  • Listen:
  • Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.
The Table of Ranks
  • Pub Date: Feb 25, 2011
  • Slap Shot Episode - Peter's Table of Ranks
  • Listen:
  • One of Peter the Great's reforms was the publishing of the Table of Ranks. It defined where a man would be in terms of nobility and place in society.
King George I of England
  • Pub Date: Feb 19, 2011
  • Episode 38 - But There Is Still So Much To Do
  • Listen:
  • Peter the Great's reign, lasting 42 years comes to an end. His legacy though, lasts to this day.
Charles and Mazepa after Poltava
  • Pub Date: Jan 31, 2011
  • Episode 36 - The Aftermath of Poltava and the Disaster at Pruth
  • Listen:
  • Bathing in the glory of Poltava, Peter becomes too cocky and almost has everything reversed at Pruth.
A statue of Peter the Great working on a ship in Holland
  • Pub Date: Jan 10, 2011
  • Episode 33 - The Great Embassy, Part 2
  • Listen:
  • Peter travels from Holland to England than off the Vienna before returning to Moscow to deal with the Streltsy revolt.
Preobrashensky Badge
  • Pub Date: Nov 12, 2010
  • Episode 27 - Peter Likes to Play War
  • Listen:
  • Now in his early teens, Peter begins his life lessons, especially the lessons of war. Staying outside Moscow, he gains his love for the water and ships.
The Cossacks Conquering Siberia
  • Pub Date: Oct 16, 2010
  • Slap Shot Episode - The Cossacks
  • Listen:
  • The Cossacks were a free living peoples who play a big role in Russian history due to their military service.
Tsar Michael Romanov
  • Pub Date: Oct 14, 2010
  • Episode 24 - The Dawn of the Romanov Dynasty
  • Listen:
  • The Time of Troubles is over but Russia needs a new Tsar. A sixteen year old boy, Michael Romanov is selected to lead the nation.
Ivan IV after killing his son and heir.
  • Pub Date: Sep 24, 2010
  • Episode 21 - Ivan IV - Oh My God, What Have I Done?
  • Listen:
  • Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.
The burning of Moscow
  • Pub Date: Aug 19, 2010
  • Episode 16 - The Coronation and Marriage of Ivan IV
  • Listen:
  • Ivan IV, now rid of his antagonists, gets ready to ascend to the throne and get married. Then crisis strikes the young Tsar.
Russian Troops During Ivan's Time on Skis
  • Pub Date: Aug 12, 2010
  • Episode 15 - Ivan IV, The Early Years, Part Two
  • Listen:
  • Ivan, left to fend for himself is largely ignored by his supposed protectors. Traumatic events were to follow his youthfull years.
Vasilli III
  • Pub Date: Jul 22, 2010
  • Episode 13 - Vasilli III and Why Moscow?
  • Listen:
  • Vasilli III, son of Ivan the Great continues his fathers expansionist policies. We also answer the question why Moscow?
Ivan's Rival - Casimir IV of Poland and Lithuania
  • Pub Date: Jul 15, 2010
  • Episode 12 - Ivan the Great, Part Three
  • Listen:
  • The final episode of Ivan the Great's life discusses the many issues he dealt with towards the end of his reign.
Vasili I visiting his father-in-law in Lithuania
  • Pub Date: Jun 25, 2010
  • Episode 9 - Vasili I and Vasili the Blind
  • Listen:
  • The son and grandson of Dmitri Donskoi lead Russia through difficult times, avoiding disaster but wearing the Muscovite populace down.
Vladimir and Rogneda
  • Pub Date: May 07, 2010
  • Episode 2 - Vladimir the Great and Sviatopolk the Accursed
  • Listen:
  • Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.
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