Author: Andy Young

What was the Yalta Conference?

The Yalta Conference was a meeting between the Soviet, US and British heads of state, held from 4-11 February 1945. Recognising that the defeat of Nazi Germany was inevitable, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met to discuss how post-war Europe would be organised – most notably the partition of Germany. The agreements – not all of which were honoured – shaped European politics for the next five decades. Background to the Yalta Conference By early 1945 Allied forces had encircled Germany. In the West, Northern France and Belgium had largely been liberated. To the South, Rome...

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Oleg of Novgorod

Oleg of Novgorod, also known as Oleg Veshchy (Oleg the Prophet) was a Varangian prince. He is widely recognised as the founder and first ruler of Kievan Rus. Founder of Kievan Rus According to the Primary Chronicle, Oleg succeeded Rurik the Varangian as leader of Novgorod in 879. An aggressive leader, he quickly moved to expand his realm southwards, and took control of Kiev and a number of other cities along the Dnieper river. Recognising the strategic location of Kiev, Oleg made the city his capital and founded the kingdom of Kievan Rus. Oleg continued to expand his kingdom...

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Kievan Rus

Kievan Rus was the first organised state on present-day Russian territory. It is widely regarded as the spiritual predecessor to today’s Russian state. A medieval European state, Kievan Rus was founded in 882AD by Prince Oleg. It was made up of a number of co-operating principalities, with it’s capital in Kiev. Spread across territory from the Baltic Sea in the North to the Black Sea in the South, it prospered because it controlled all of the major Eastern European trade routes. Kievan Rus’ power and influence waned during the 12th and 13th centuries and, against a backdrop of internal...

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Peter the Great timeline

This article outlines a brief Peter the Great timeline, highlighting some of the key moments in the life of one of Russia’s most notorious leaders. 09 June 1672 – Peter is born The future Peter the Great was born Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov in Moscow to Alexis I of Russia and his mother Nataliya Naryshkina. Peter was the 14th of Alexis’ 16 children and therefore an unlikely heir to the Russian throne. 29 January 1676 – Peter’s father dies Alexis I died in January 1676 sparking off a chain of events that would eventually see Peter installed as Peter I...

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Soviet Cars

When you think of some of the classic vehicles to emerge from the Soviet era it’s easy to build an image of a lumbering stereotype; a kind of dull, functional car that looked and felt extremely similar to other models. While that may be true to some extent – it has to be said that most Soviet car models weren’t exactly exciting – there was much more to Soviet car production than this. Their design reflects a fusion of Western car design and something truly Soviet, and it’s clear that cars made in the Soviet Union are real collectors...

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