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Book Review: Chekhov, “About Love and Other Stories” – A great intro to Russian society #tweko #Russia

About Love and Other Stories Oxford World s Classics  Anton Chekhov  Rosamund Bartlett  BooksA fantastic collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov and a brilliant introduction to Russian society at the turn of the C20th.

A full review can be found on the main site via the link HERE


Quick Guide to Schools of Russian History & Historiography #historyteacher #tweko

This is a very quick “cheat” guide to schools of Russian history; an introduction to historiography; and a little did at Orlando Figes, what more could you ask for?

See the full article on the main site here:

“Emancipation of the Serfs: Freedom or Betrayal?” Great article #historyteacher #tweko

In this article, Michael Lynch asks the question: Was the Emancipation of the Serfs A Charter of Freedom or an Act of Betrayal?

Lynch seems to conclude that the Emancipation was yet another staggering example of Tsarist ineptitude!

Find the links at the main site here:

Film Review: Smoke Signals. Quirky, intimate and darkly humorous “new” Western #historyteacher #americanwest #tweko

I am probably very late to the party for this fantastic film by director Chris Eyre, but as they say, better late than never.

Have a look at my review and clips on the main site here:

The use of History in Propaganda Films in the Soviet Union #history #historyteacher #tweko

Here are two very different films. Both have taken aspects of Soviet History and use it to send a particular message. More details on the main site: link below

Film: Battleship Potemkin: Russian Propaganda #history #historyteacher #tweko

Considered one of the most important films in the history of silent pictures. The film tells the story of the mutiny on the Russian ship Prince Potemkin during the 1905 uprising.  See the full version of the film on the main site via Youtube, here:

Two Excellent Podcasts from Michael Wood on the Importance of History and Medieval History #history

I hope everyone has been watching Michael Wood’s most recent series on the Anglo Saxons, it has been excellent watching. I have to admit to having a bit of a historical crush on Michael but I just think he is one of the best historical broadcasters on TV at the moment – particularly the fact that he goes to great pains to show off the primary documents.

In connection the TV series, I have attached two links to podcasts from Michael, taken from speeches made at the Prince’s Teaching Institute 2013 conferences.

In the first example, Michael explores the importance of the Anglo-Saxon monarchy in shaping many of the ‘first principles’ of a just society.

In the second, Michael entertains his audience with tales of his early career in television, working on wildlife inserts on light entertainment programmes, and his subsequent move into History documentaries.