Crimean Tatars, According to Gustav Radde—Part 1

Nov 1, 2014 by

(The following post deviates from the usual style of this blog in that it is an overview of one particular book, Gustav Radde’s Crimean Tatars, originally published in Russian in 1856-1857.* Given the group’s centrality to the...

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The Challenges of Transnistria’s Potential Accession to the Russian Fe...

Nov 1, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014] My previous post considered a number of proposals for various ethnic territories to either leave or join the Russian Federation that have emerged in the wake of the Crimean...

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Are You In or Out?—The Potential Unraveling of Geopolitical Tapestry i...

Nov 1, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014] As the Crimean citizens voted to secede from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation, the territorial tapestry of Eastern Europe has perhaps begun to unravel. A number of...

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How Wrong Is Your Clock?

Oct 31, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014. Don't forget to reset your clocks this Sunday, fellow Americans!] Waking up every morning to a pile of emails sent from the East Coast, Europe, and Russia makes me think about time...

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Just How Weird Are the World’s Weirdest—and least Weird—Languages?...

Oct 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in September 2013] In a recent post on idibon.com Tyler Schnoebelen asked which language is the “weirdest of all”. The most intuitive definition of the concept of language weirdness involves...

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Iran Tourism Booming Despite Sanctions—Or Perhaps Because of Them?

Oct 26, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in November 2012] International efforts to isolate Iran and force it to halt its uranium enrichment program have seriously damaged the country’s economy: entire industries have been paralyzed,...

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The Geography of Detective Fiction

Oct 26, 2014 by

  [This post was originally published in September 2013] Detective fiction is an increasingly popular genre with global appeal that tends to evokes a certain geographical sensibility. In exploring the geography of this genre, it...

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