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Soviet Union and the Brezhnev Years

May 16, 2022

Leonid Brezhnev’s standing in party circles rose after Stalin’s death in 1953. The Brezhnev era was one of the most stable eras in USSR history. However, the country did have its economic problems. […]

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Soviet Union under the Leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev

May 16, 2022

Following the deaths of several senior party officials, 52-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev was chosen to lead the Soviet Union. He initiated a restructuring of the Soviets’ centrally planned economy and removed the rigid limitations of state censorship. […]

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End of the USSR and the Rise of Boris Yeltsin

May 16, 2022

In May 1990—two months after Mikhail Gorbachev had been named president of the Soviet Union—Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian Republic, the state’s largest political entity. And if the two men had ever been allies, they weren’t any longer. […]

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Medieval Europe: What Did the Nobility Eat?

May 9, 2022

During the Middle Ages, the heart of the aristocratic diet was meat, while peasants had more of bread, milk products, and vegetables. And, the love for wine and ale was unmatched. […]

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Palace Life in Medieval Islamic World

May 9, 2022

Medieval Islamic palaces were built to provide cooling shade and breezes. They had separate quarters for women, called harems. Muslims had dietary restrictions, and wine was prohibited by the Qur’an. […]

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Palace Life in Medieval China

May 9, 2022

The Chinese people tend to preserve traditions and their heritage, and respect the past. This gives legitimacy to their present. The palace structures, the clothes, and the food are all reflection of Chinese history. […]

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Palace Life in Medieval Europe

May 9, 2022

The choices people make in designing buildings and spaces tell us a lot about the values they hold. The castle built at Dover by King Henry II is one such example from the Middle Ages. […]

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Why Do We Collect Things?

May 2, 2022

The skill of collecting things is present in both children and adults. One could collect because it causes happiness, provides intellectual satisfaction, is thrilling, helps one remember personal past, or aids in expressing oneself. […]

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Collections and Collectors: Where Does One Start?

May 2, 2022

Texture, color, volume, shape, and light are presented in orderly patterns when people display their collections. Museums are good places to understand how and why others collect, and how these collections are shared with others. […]

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