Antony Beevor on the Russian Revolution

History Extra | 25 May 2022 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Antony Beevor about his book Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921. Delves into the two revolutions that overthrew Tsar Nicholas II and brought the Bolsheviks to power, and then examines the bloody civil war that ultimately consolidated communist control.

Masha Gessen on What Russians Are — and Aren’t — Seeing

The Ezra Klein Show | 11 March 2022 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Masha Gessen about her recent visit to Russia and discussing what ordinary Russians know about the war being waged by their government in Ukraine; how totalitarian societies make it impossible for people to form opinions; Putin; and more.

The Entire History of Russia in One Hour

Angry Planet | 29 July 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Galeotti about his book A Short History of Russia, from Pagans to Putin. Reviews the history of Russia, considering how external forces have shaped Russia and noting how it repeatedly rewrites its past to steer its present and future.

Putin’s People with Catherine Belton

Intelligence Squared | 7 July 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Belton about her book Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West. Argues that the techniques of front companies, money laundering and links with illegal business and organised crime that he practised working for the KGB in East Germany are the same techniques he uses today to concentrate his power and interfere in Western countries.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.

Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.

The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

Europe – Audio | 8 January 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Thane Gustafson about his book The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe. Backgrounds the gas revolution in Europe and the outlook for Russia’s relationship with Europe given future decarbonisation, liquified natural gas, and a gas pipeline to China,