Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)

‘Gulag Actress’ Tamara Petkevich died recently in St Petersburg at the age of 97. Here is an abridged version of the review of her Memoir that I wrote when it was published in English in 2010. This volume has made a significant contribution to my own research on the Soviet women who fell victim to … More Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)

Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic

I posted on our Facebook page in September that I had a book due to come out very soon, and now it’s actually here! Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is a co-authored volume focusing on the largely untold story of the ways in which state-sponsored repression in Soviet-dominated Eastern … More Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic

Contemporary Politics and the Generational Divide

This post comes from second year undergraduate student in History at the University of Gloucestershire, Rhiannon Healey.  It is a fact that over the past year, there has been a resurgence of right-wing political ideas and movements. A brief reflection on the results and aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election and the EU referendum … More Contemporary Politics and the Generational Divide

Yad Vashem – The International School for Holocaust Studies

This post comes from second year undergraduate History student at the University of Gloucestershire Anna Cardy. Over the summer I was fortunate to travel to Israel with the Holocaust Educational Trust as part of the Ambassador Study Visit 2017. I took part in an intensive week of workshops and seminars, as well as excursions to … More Yad Vashem – The International School for Holocaust Studies