Hi_Story: Decyphering the feedback

26 12 2020




Historian draws_Yuri Andropov

13 07 2020

Sometimes when reading for research – or watching documentaries – I can get carried away by the authors – or actors in the story. And so I google – and sketch away.

Today – Yuri Andropov, a long-serving Head of the KGB and then a GenSec of the USSR.

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Andropov is one of those controversial, ambivalent figures in history, revealing both – obvious – traits of a repressive „strong-hand“ leader who suppressed opposition and free thinking in his country, and still tried to pull through reforms that were overdue – reforms without reforms, I might say. Andropov´s personal story is also of interest: a story of loneliness and decades he lived and held back to his severely ill spouse. Personal loyalties, one might say…





Historian draws_Raisa Gorbacheva

6 07 2020

Sometimes when reading for research – or watching documentaries – I can get carried away by the authors – or actors in the story. And so I google – and sketch away.

Today – Raisa Gorbacheva, the spouse of Mikhail Gorbachev and the First Lady of the USSR in its last years. I was deeply touched by Gorbachev recounting on him first meeting and falling in love with this remarkably intelligent, vibrant, and purposeful woman.

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Video footages of Raisa Maximovna remind me of my grandmother, too – who, in her turn, once went very thoughtful as we spoke on the last First Lady. „I used to dislike her back then, – she said with quiet surprise in her voice. – We all disliked her because she was so visible. Unlike all other wives of previous GenSecs she was there, she was talking, and we were not used to that self-confidence we took for bossiness“. My grandmother was, as the matter of fact, very much alike – an epitome of positively strong-willed, self-confident, intelligent woman in a leading position – who performed and overperformed not because she wanted to prove anything, but because it was an inherent part of her sovereign identity. I think she knew then, that she and Raisa Maximovna were very similar in this concern.

 

 





Historian draws_Mikhail Gorbachev

29 06 2020

Sometimes when reading for research – or watching documentaries – I can get carried away by the authors – or actors in the story. And so I google – and sketch away.

Today – Mikhail Gorbachev in his years as the last GenSec of the USSR.

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Historian draws_Vladimir Pozner

22 06 2020

Sometimes when reading for research – or watching documentaries – I can get carried away by the authors – or actors in the story. And so I google – and sketch away.

Today: a magnificent journalist and intellectual Vladimir Pozner. – a person of remarkable fate, self-reflection worth all respect – and a legend.

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I had an honour of attending his lecture – just one of an endless number he is giving – in Orenburg in 2008 or 2009. I was young and naive, and struggling to put into words all the subtle complexity of controversies I saw around me. Pozner´s talk was a turning point for me.

 





Akt nach Man Ray

15 06 2020

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Historian draws_Alexievich & Solonin

11 06 2020

Sometimes when reading for research – or watching documentaries – I can get carried away by the authors – or actors in the story. And so I google – and sketch away.

 

Here come: post-Soviet Historians Marc Solonin and breathtaking Svetlana Alexievich (those who haven’t read her books I would root Oral History, please do! She is unique)

 

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Hi_Story: Global vs. World History

1 06 2020

was reminded of this eternal and unsolvable question (chicken or meat) from my Masters in Global History:

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Hi_Story: Fighting Insomnia

25 05 2020

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Geometrie der Takelage

3 12 2018

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