When Putin was an ally of the West

The study of history gives us different perspectives on current events. With the war in Ukraine continuing to make headline news across the world, it is striking to realise that Putin was once seen as a great ally of the Western powers against terrorism. This extract from a speech by former NATO Secretary General Lord […]

When the Soviets disowned Stalin

Continuing our examination of Stalin’s complicated legacy in our Great Leaders series, below is a speech that is very critical of Stalin given by one of his successors, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1956. Even in the USSR, Stalin’s reputation was not constant; it went through peaks and troughs as his actions were re-evaluated. Secret Speech Delivered […]