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The Professors' News Desk 

Now an archive for what Professors thought was most important at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Professor's News Desk page is designed to provide people access to the same sources, news sites, books, blogs, and articles that the UMD History faculty is currently reading. This is a curated selection of what the faculty finds most compelling and worth reading on the current Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Articles from Professor Herf

"The Professors' News Desk is a splendid accomplishment. HUA has done us all proud. We professors can continue to suggest various things to read but I hope that this terrible war will encourage students to do something which, if polls are correct, they do not do very often, that is, to read a serious newspaper or newspapers every day. Journalism really is the first draft of history. There is no substitute for reading the news reports and various opinion columns. Most of the serious people involved in foreign policy making in this country across the political spectrum, and a very large number of historians as well, read either The New York Times or the Washington Post or both everyday.  A lot of those people read them in print. As students, you have the opportunity to read both of them for free online via the McKeldin Library website. 

There are other excellent websites but the Times and the Post, remain a baseline of, on the whole, reliable facts and evidence. Given the amount of lies and conspiracy theories available on the internet, it's important for History majors in particular, to pay attention to these leading institutions of American journalism. They are not perfect but the journalists at those papers need to face tough questions from editors, something that is less the case from other sources.

1.  The daily New York Times is available here.

2.  The Washington Post is available via the McKeldin library website. See this link.


3.  People who are focused on economics read The Wall Street Journal as well, but it is behind a paywall, and, as far as I could tell, not available via McKeldin.


If you read a foreign language, then reading about the war in major European papers is also valuable, and good for improving your reading knowledge of that language, though to do that you would need to have an online subscription."

- Professor Herf

Max Fisher, "Putin's Case for War Annotated," New York Times, February 24, 2022

Jeffrey Herf, "Ukraine’s democratic antifascism exposes Putin’s Big Lie," Democracy Digest, March 9, 2022

Sally Jenkins, "Knocking his teams off the stage exposes Putin to his own people," Washington Post, February 28, 2022 

Five Perspectives, "The World Is Watching," American Purpose, March 9, 2022

Charles Lane, "Russia has lost Germany no matter the outcome," Washington Post, March 2, 2022

Articles from Professor Kosicki

Articles from Professor Cameron

Francine Hirsch, "Putin's Revised Foreign Agent Law Could Enable Mass Repression," Lawfare, March 14, 2022

Faith Hillis, "Putin vs. Ukrainian History," Podcast from Meduza, February 26, 2022

Francine Hirsch, "Putin's Memory Laws Set the Stage for His War in Ukraine,"Lawfare, February 28, 2022

Trymaine Lee, "Black in Ukraine: Facing Unequal Treatment While Fleeing War," Podcast from MSNBC, March 17, 2022

Keith Gessen, "Was It Inevitable?  A Short History of Russia's War on Ukraine," The Guardian, March 11, 2022



Lawrence Freedman's blog 

Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London.

Timothy Snyder's blog 

Professor of History at Yale University
Historian of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust

NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna

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