Michael Warder

Michael Warder was an associate publisher of Chronicles. He is now the principal of The Warder Consultancy.

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  • Glasnost I
    December 1990

    Glasnost I

    A decade ago, when Leonid Brezhnev was still the leader of the Soviet Union, W. Bruce Lincoln wrote of glasnost and its role in Russian politics.

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  • Russian Soil
    August 1990

    Russian Soil

    If blood and soil are the stuff of nationalism, what does a Russian patriot do when the soil goes bad? He becomes an environmentalist—at least, this was the response of Valentin Rasputin (no relation to Gregory Rasputin who haunted the ill-fated reign of Tsar Nicholas II).

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  • The Civil War and Perestroika
    May 1990

    The Civil War and Perestroika

    To calculate where a cannonball will land, it is necessary to know its initial angle of trajectory and the amount of force that propels it. It is the persuasive thesis of W. Bruce Lincoln that the Russian Civil War was the historic explosion that ever since has determined the direction and velocity of the Soviet system.

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  • It's "Over"

    With the Cold War "over," social engineers are scrambling for the "peace dividend"—the bonanza of cash expected to derive from a winding down of military expenditures that have been allocated to defend against the Soviet military threat.

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  • January 1990

    A Formidable Challenge

    The Soviet Empire these days offers a formidable challenge even for the most experienced Kremlin watchers. While economic collapse, the communications revolution, the threat of another nuclear disaster like Chernobyl, the decline in life expectancy, and the environmental crisis are all tinder for fires of change, the power of nationalism still remains central.

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  • Zorba the Comrade
    November 1989

    Zorba the Comrade

    Love him or hate him, Nikos Kazantzakis is a force to be reckoned with. Best known in America for Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, Kazantzakis wrote what many consider to be the greatest epic poem of the 20th century, The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel.

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  • July 1989

    Blaming America First

    Paul Hollander is dogged, if not downright mulish, in his intellectual focus. As is the case in Soviet and American Society and his celebrated Political Pilgrims, this collection of previously published articles and reviews explores the perceptions and beliefs of American intellectuals in regard to Marxist-Leninist countries.

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  • The USSR
    June 1989

    The USSR

    I can't remember the last time I was in an airport waiting for luggage along with a flight from Managua. Welcome to Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow.

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  • January 1989

    No Nongovernmental Publishing Houses

    I recently returned from a visit to Moscow, Leningrad, and Kiev, and there is no question about there being more freedom to express ideas. But reports of change are exaggerated. There are still no nongovernmental publishing houses.

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  • August 1988

    Why Spy?

    Why did some of the best and the brightest of Great Britain forsake king and country in the 1930's and become spies for the Soviet Union? How was it possible that some of the ring leaders went undetected for 30 years or more, with the circle perhaps still not closed?

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  • June 1988


    Many who take money from him, attend his conferences, or publish their articles in his publications will point to his anti-Communism. Others support the civil liberty issues he seems to embody.

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  • March 1988

    The First Ring of Hostility

    Cows sacred, evil, and venal are shot by Vladimir Voinovich in this satiric look at the Soviet Union that reads like a combination "Ivan in Wonderland" and Zamiatin's WE.

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  • February 1988

    Hysterical Expectations

    Frederick the Great of Prussia once said that heads of state should avoid meeting one another. With all the hyperbole surrounding the Reagan/Gorbachev summit, the three-day meeting aroused almost hysterical expectations, setting up Americans, inevitably, for a fall. Previous summit conferences should have taught us at least that much.

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  • January 1988

    Cottage Diplomacy

    The premise of Citizen Diplomats by Gale Warner and Michael Shuman, with a foreword by Carl Sagan, is simple: America's elected politicians and professional diplomats have been so inadequate in managing relations with the Soviet Union and coping with the nuclear threat that concerned citizens themselves should do all they can to improve our understanding with the Soviets.

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  • November 1987

    Selling Out

    On November 29, 1984, an FBI agent in Massachusetts took extensive notes from a long conversation with an alcoholic woman about the alleged Soviet spy activities of her former husband, John Walker.

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  • October 1987

    The Revenge of History

    History has a way of taking its revenge on those who would violate it. It does not forget. Mikhail Heller and Aleksandr Nekrich are some of the few Soviet-born intellectuals who have studied how much current Soviet policies and propaganda abuse Russian history.

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  • July 1987

    Love and Death

    Perhaps it is inevitable that Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman has been compared to Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. There are obvious parallels. Tolstoy wrote a lengthy book on the unsuccessful Napoleonic invasion of Russia, while Grossman wrote a lengthy book on the unsuccessful Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

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  • December 1986

    Castro's Heart of Darkness

    Communist governments arrest and imprison citizens who express opinions at variance with official orthodoxies. There is hardly an educated American or European who doesn't know that much.

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  • October 1986

    Sorcery in the Kremlin

    Some novels tell a story that causes us to see reality in a new way. Other novels are manufactured around a message. The Set-Up is of this second type.

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  • August 1986

    Us and Them

    American diplomats, foreign policy experts, and politicians desperately want to believe that the Soviet leaders are essentially like us and that, fundamentally, they want the same things as we do.

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