Spacing Out and Giving Thanks

The first man in space and the invasion of Czechoslovakia were by far the most popular topics this week.  (Gagarin garnered a couple fewer posts (7) than Kornilov did (9), but it’s still impressive!)  There are some terrific posts in the slider, sporting red stars, or waiting for you in comrade’s corner.  As promised, I’ll post the survey for the Student Choice finalists in the morning and update the sticky post when I get back from my conference. Our long discussion of food today and the advent of the Thanksgiving break inspired me to leave you with this poster for pel’meni – little meat dumplings that are a Russian specialty.


A. Nelson

I am a historian of Russia with expertise in cultural history and emerging interests in animal studies and environmental history. My current research projects include studies of the Soviet space dogs, the significance of the Belyaev fox domestication project, and the cultural implications of domestication, particularly in Eurasia. 

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