The Crimean Khanate and the Great Power Struggle for the Ukraine in the 17th Century

The Crimean Khanate and the Great Power Struggle for the Ukraine in the 17th Century 1

The recent annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation should remind us of the competing and complicated claims of legitimacy over this tiny black sea territory, in this case between Ukraine and Russia. However, it would be a mistake to analyze Russia’s territorial ambitions as an isolated action, indeed quite the opposite. The Crimean …

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Downfall of a Dynasty: The February Revolution

Downfall of a Dynasty: The February Revolution 3

The slogan “Daite khleb – Give us bread!” echoed throughout Petrograd as 90,000 people gathered to strike against the tsar, Nicholas Romanov (“February Revolution”). The demonstration began on March 8th, 1917 when working class women marched through the capital’s streets angry over food scarcity, overgrown breadlines, and the seemingly indifferent tsar. They ardently demanded for …

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