Sean McMeekin

Sean McMeekin

Sean McMeekin is Francis Flournoy Professor of European History and Culture at Bard College. His latest book is Stalin's War: A New History of World War II.

Stopped Cold: Remembering Russia's Catastrophic 1939 Campaign Against Finland

Stopped Cold: Remembering Russia's Catastrophic 1939 Campaign Against Finland

While the Germans had been flexible on the fine print of their August 23rd, 1939 non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin had been meticulous with his own territorial claims. By insisting on Soviet predominance in Finland and the Baltic states, Stalin could not only recover Russia’s old

Sean McMeekin
Sean McMeekin
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