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Richard Pipes

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Richard Pipes is Baird Research Professor of History and former director of the Russian Research Center at Harvard University.

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Private Property, Freedom, and the Rule of Law

by Richard Pipesvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

Juxtapose the history of England with that of Russia. What emerges? The importance of private property. By Richard Pipes.

The Last Empire

by Richard Pipesvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

Historians may argue over why the Soviet Union collapsed so quickly, but, according to Richard Pipes, the real question is how it survived so long.

The Cold War over CNN’s Cold War

by Richard Pipes, Robert Conquest, John Lewis Gaddisvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Earlier this year, CNN broadcast a twenty-four-hour television documentary on the Cold War, supplementing the documentary by publishing a companion book. The series created a furor. Critics charged that the series was inaccurate and—to use a phrase from the Cold War itself—soft on communism.

Herewith a debate among three historians. Richard Pipes explains what the television documentary got wrong. Hoover fellow Robert Conquest takes apart the companion book. Then John Lewis Gaddis, who served as an adviser to CNN, explains what CNN got right.