Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937

The Great Terror of 1936 to 1938 left an indelible mark on Soviet politics and Stalinist society. In addition to the three major show trials in Moscow, purges and arrests took place across the country. Initially, these were mostly, though not exclusively, aimed at high ranking Communist Party members and government officials as well as … More Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Rada Nikitichna Adzhubei (1929-2016)

Rada Nikitichna Adzhubei, daughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, died in a hospital in Moscow a year ago on 11 August 2016. Right up to her final illness, Rada Nikitichna continued to live in the spacious apartment in Moscow where she had moved in 1956, just a short walk from Red Square and near to … More Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Rada Nikitichna Adzhubei (1929-2016)

Shedding Light on ‘Darkest Cheltenham’: the Lower High Street Project

  The History blog has not been as active as usual in recent months, and while this was not ideal, there is a good excuse. Over the last seven months, staff and students in History at the University of Gloucestershire worked on a project which focused on the history of Cheltenham’s Lower High Street. The … More Shedding Light on ‘Darkest Cheltenham’: the Lower High Street Project

Women’s History Month: winning post on Malala Yousafzai

This post is the winner of the Blog Post competition run by the History course at the University of Gloucestershire, and comes from undergraduate student at the University, Stephanie White. “I tell my story not because it’s unique, but because it’s not, it is the story of many girls.” The fight for woman and equality … More Women’s History Month: winning post on Malala Yousafzai