Author Archives: Scott Mauer

So you want to learn about Eastern European history ….

I’ve been asked many times how I became interested in Eastern European history. First, disclaimer: I am a historian, I have always been interested in history, and my education was in medieval history.  I’ve never not been interested in history because … Continue reading

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Music Monday: “One Like Putin”

  It’s become a meme the last several years that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a strong, handsome macho-man who discovers 6th-century Greek urns or having an entire calendar dedicated to him. Not to mention the casual shirtless expeditions. The Russian … Continue reading

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Russian Journalists and Security of the Nation

In early November last year, it came to the attention that state-sanctioned news site RT must register as a foreign agent in the United States. It was a move that was condemned by RT and Moscow, claiming it was unconstitutional. … Continue reading

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The Hungarian Catholic Church: a Strong Church in the Margins

A video from Rome Reports briefly mentions the news that Pope Francis recently met with the Hungarian bishops as part of their annual ad limina visit, where bishops from each region of the world meet with the pope to discuss current events. Among the … Continue reading

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99 Years Ago, Latvia was Born

Today, November 18, 2017, marks the 99th anniversary of the independence of Latvia. I had previously written about this holiday – officially called Republikas proklamēšanas diena (Day of Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia) – here, which explains the history … Continue reading

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Heeding the Warning of Ignoring History

The old cliche that always bears repeating – “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” – is relevant and will continue to be relevant. It is a testament to the importance of history, where not only does one … Continue reading

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In the News: Bono in Lithuanian trouble!

With all that’s going on these days with calls of corruption or foreign dealings, some may not want to be on the international spotlight. U2’s Bono knows how that feels. From BBC News: A Lithuanian shopping mall partly owned by … Continue reading

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