Category Archives: History

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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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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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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A Century of Communism: The Bolshevik Revolution 100 Years Ago

It was one hundred years ago today that the Bolshevik Party, led by the formerly ousted and exiled Vladimir Lenin, forcibly seized and took control of the buildings of the provisional government. Thus starts the formation, implementation, and execution of … Continue reading

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Gorbachev’s Latest Memoirs Now in English

For those who want to look at late-Soviet leadership and politics, look no further than Mikhail Gorbachev’s own works. As the last Soviet leader, he oversaw the gradual liberalizing of freedoms (such as freedom of speech and freedom of the … Continue reading

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The Sixth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

I will be speaking at the Sixth International Conference on Religion and Society on March 23, the second day of the event. It is at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to the death of my mentor, Dr. … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Death of Joseph Stalin

On this day, March 5, in the year 1953, Joseph Stalin, the infamous leader of the Soviet Union for over 30 years, died from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 74 years old. There exists controversy even today about whether or … Continue reading

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