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Siberia Is More Russian than European Russia

By Martin W. Lewis | January 24, 2011 | 4 Comments

Just as a state-based vision of the world exaggerates the distinctiveness of small countries, so it masks difference within large countries. When macro-countries like Russia, China, or the United States are mapped as singular units, vast disparities between their constituent areas vanish from view. The public view of massive Russia is especially

Why Russian Jews Are Not Russian

By Martin W. Lewis | January 21, 2011 | 116 Comments

In twenty years of university teaching I have discovered a few features of global geography that consistently flummox students, contradicting their preconceptions about how the world works. Russian nationality is one. How could it be possible for Russian-speaking Jews, born in Russia and descended from the Russian-born, not to be considered Russian by

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