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  1. #1 by kittie kittie on 03/18/2014 - 9:34

    “Many Americans have trouble understanding modern Russia or leader Vladimir Putin. That’s in good part because they have little or no understanding of Russia’s history or geopolitics.”

    I know exactly what you mean:
    “As soon as Josef Stalin consolidated power…………….Half of Poland again fell under Russian control. Stalin restored his nation to its pre-war 1914 borders, killing millions in the process.”

    If I may clarify, Stalin WAS NOT Russian, he was Georgian and was General secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Russia did not control half of Poland, the Soviets did.

    Does not help many Americans to conflate the Soviet Union with Russia since the Soviet Union was a “foreign government”, for a lack of a better term. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there and I’m trying to put it all together accurately.

    I don’t think Aschluss means reunification with Austria because Germany was a bunch of principalities/city states and was not a single entity until the late 1800s.

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