Category Archives: Essays

An Irishman in the Tsar’s Army

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By Charlie Fair Portrait by Johann Jacob Haid             The 17th and 18th centuries were a very unfortunate time to be Irish. A brutal civil war between royalist and parliamentarian forces fought across England, Scotland, and Ireland had weakened the … Continue reading

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All Along the Silk Road

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By Natasha Netzorg Central Asia has a rich history; located at the convergence of different peoples, it bears heavy influences from surrounding regions, a fact that is especially true for Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan, unlike Kyrgyzstan or Kazakhstan, was comprised of settled … Continue reading

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Small Town, Big Dreams

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By Natasha Netzorg Kyrgyzstan is a small but mountainous country, which makes traveling across the country difficult, and all the more impressive that nomads once regularly made this journey. Today, that means to travel from Bishkek to the small town … Continue reading

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Discovering Kyrgyzstan

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By Natasha Netzorg During the long moments where the melatonin can’t overcome the uncomfortable seats and the crying babies, the mind wanders to the possibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are to come. Ten hours on a plane is a long … Continue reading

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Touching the Past: The Loss of a Peasant

By Nick Campbell Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has brought much attention to that frequently misunderstood country. The current war has also brought up memories of previous conflicts in the region, including  the long-forgotten anarchist uprising of Nestor Makhno. Nestor … Continue reading

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Political Decay, Nationalism, and Rhetoric in Serbia and Russia

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By Ethan Kopp Professor Veljko Vujacic’s March 6 lecture on nationalism, populism, and rhetoric in Serbia and Russia as a result of political decay powerfully illustrated comparable themes between Milosevic’s Serbia and Putin’s Russia. The first lecture in the spring … Continue reading

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